The Los Angeles Business Journal reports today that Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and NCL’s Norwegian Star are pulling out of Los Angeles because of the increasing violence in Mexico.
Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, which had been sailing on 7 day cruises to Mexico, will leave L.A. in January 2011, and will eventually home port in Galveston, Texas.
The newspaper reports that the drug war in Mexico has caused nearly 30,000 deaths since 2007. Passengers on cruises to the "Mexican Riviera" have dwindled by 21 percent.
Norwegian Cruise Line also stated that it will no longer offer cruises to Mexico from Los Angeles after May 2011. The Norwegian Star is relocating to Tampa, Florida.
The article quotes Cruise Industry News: “People are obviously concerned about the violence and justifiably so . . . they don’t want to get caught in the crossfire.”
Royal Caribbean is quoted saying that the decision to eave L.A. was part due to violence in Mexico and part an economic one: “We’re looking to maximize our profits . . . both Europe and the Caribbean are hotter tickets than the Mexican Riviera, and there’s a stable market out of Galveston.”
The economic factor the article discusses is that the cruise lines earn a lot of money income from shore excursions. Some passengers fear getting off the ship.
I’m not sure how this is much different from the crime in many of the Caribbean ports of call.
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Thanks! Jim Walker