Princess Cruises has cancelled sailings later this year to Puerto Vallarta, prompting an outcry from Mexican tourism officials.
Voyages on three Sapphire Princess sailings in November and December were recently called off due to concerns over violence, said a spokeswoman.
Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, chief operating officer for the Mexico Tourism Board, said he is “dismayed” about the decision.
“This is a topic of great concern for us and our position is to work as close as possible with the cruise ship companies in making sure that they don’t get alarmed for something there is not a reason to be alarmed of,” he said. “Puerto Vallarta is a perfectly safe destination.”
The U.S. Department of State issued a warning in April urging travelers to avoid parts of Jalisco, the state where Puerto Vallarta is located.
The Princess sailings were also supposed to call on Mazatlán, where drug violence has been increasing. Those calls were canceled as well; other cruise lines have also canceled stops there.
Lopez-Negrete said the tourism board is also working to reinstate stops in Mazatlán.