Holland America extends Mazatlan suspension


Holland America Line extended its suspension of Mazatlan port calls through March 2012. The line last March replaced the destination with Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas, citing safety concerns for passengers.

The Oosterdam's seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises, sailing roundtrip from San Diego, will overnight in Puerto Vallarta instead of calling at Mazatlan.

Also, the line has cut Acapulco calls from its Panama Canal Explorer and Inca Empire South America sailings. Holland America also cited safety concerns for dropping Acapulco. The Acapulco change is effective through March, as well.

The Statendam's 14-day Panama Canal Explorer cruises, sailing from Fort Lauderdale to either San Diego or Vancouver, will spend additional time in Huatulco rather than calling at Acapulco, as will the Rotterdam's 30-day Inca Empire South America voyage, departing Feb. 3 from San Diego and concluding in Lima, Peru.

Holland America said that discussions would continue with local authorities in Mazatlan and Acapulco to determine the appropriate time to resume port calls.

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