The news reports out of Mexico are shocking.
Six women from Spain vacationing in Acapulco were bound and raped by a gang of five men who burst into their holiday rental. Their male friends were gagged and bound by telephone cords and robbed.
One news source said the mayor of Acapulco did not help matters with a statement saying no big deal: “It is unfortunate, but it happens anywhere.”
This is the last thing Mexico’s tourism industry needs.
Although none of the tourists arrived by cruise ship, the issue remains whether traditional cruise ports in Mexico are safe for travel.
Last year I wrote an article Mexican Violence: Does Anyone Cruise to Acapulco Anymore? I chronicled the violence, murders, robberies and assorted mayhem in the Mexican ports of call.
The Mexican tourism industry, the cruise lines which sail to Mexico, and the expatriated Americans living south of the border will say that such incidents are rare, but read my article and judge yourself before you drink their Kool-Aid.
I’d be tempted to sail in Europe or to Alaska, but I wouldn’t be caught dead sailing to Acapulco.
Agence France-Presse/Getty Images via Wall Street Journal’s Mexico Tourism Feels Chill of Ongoing Drug Violence