Norwegian Cruise Line canceled all future calls to Mazatlan, Mexico, and the Carnival Splendor skipped its stop there this week, following the shooting deaths on Tuesday of two men in the parking lot of a hotel frequented by foreign guests.
No tourists were hurt in the incident, according to a report filed by the Associated Press. The report said that hotel guests heard the gunshots.
NCL said in a statement that the Norwegian Star called in Mazatlan this week but that because of “recent incidents of violence in Mazatlan, we are canceling all of Norwegian Star’s calls to Mazatlan for the remainder of the season.”
The Star was due to call there through April 30. Instead, the ship will spend an extra day in Cabo San Lucas.
The Carnival Splendor spent an extra day in Cabo San Lucas yesterday on its seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that departed Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 20.
In a statement, Carnival said that “no decision has been made regarding future calls” and that it will not make a decision until it has “all of the facts and fully assess[es] the situation.”
The cancellations are happening almost one month after a wave of petty crime in Mazatlan in January involving tourists prompted three major cruise lines to temporarily cancel calls at the port. Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and the Disney Cruise Line all diverted ships heading to the destination, with Disney deciding to drop Mazatlan for the season.