The State of the Mexican Riviera
by Jason Leppert
A detailed look at the current status and future of the Mexican Riviera cruise market, including a brand new port.
Isla Santa Margarita and Magdalena Bay (Copyright Google Maps)
Since 2009, the Mexican Riviera as a cruise destination has been rather precarious. Following reports of H1N1 outbreaks and local violence, various cruise lines have made adjustments or cancellations to their Western Mexican itineraries. But the present and future of this popular set of ports – including the classics of Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Mazatlán – appears to be brightening.
To this day, Mazatlán – while not the only Mexican Riviera port afflicted – remains the hardest hit by cruise ship departures and perhaps unjustifiably so. While there are indeed reports of drug cartel-related violence within the greater Sinaloa state and even a deadly shooting in a Mazatlán hotel parking lot free of tourist involvement – the truth according to Oralia Rice, Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, remains "that Mazatlán has been receiving cruise passengers for forty years and not one of them has been involved in a negative incident."
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