I ran across an interesting article written from the perspective of a Mexican port which one of the cruise lines labeled as too dangerous to visit.
It seems like Princess Cruises has incurred the wrath of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico after the cruise line dropped the port from its cruise itinerary citing "continued violence" as the reason. USA Today quickly picked up on the story and conducted a poll asking its readers whether cruise lines should pull of of this port which Princess Cruises painted with a broad brush that all-of-Mexico-is-unsafe.
Princess spokeswoman Karen Candy told USA Today: “As the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority, and based on the continued violence in these areas, we’ve made the decision to cancel our calls to Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan.”
But the good people in Puerto Vallarta are pointing out that their city is a heck of a lot safer than the city where the cruise line is headquartered in Southern California or most of the destinations visited by Princess cruise ships such as Bermuda, Bahamas, and Jamaica. The article is entitled "Princess Cruise Lines: Stop Slandering the Safety of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico."
The article also points out that Carnival Cruises, its owner, as well as Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruises still include the Mexican port on their itineraries.
The article points out that there is a high rate of crime on cruise ships and Princess has had more than its fair share of incidents of sexual assault against women, both passengers and crewmembers, on its fleet of cruise ships. Are Princess Cruises ships more dangerous than this Mexican port of call? Is this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?