AF1, Yes I had heard this from one of the cruise planners from RCI. I had the opportunity to sail on the Mariner to Mexico before she left. Your statement is true. Most people either stayed on board or got off the ship and walked the area close to the ship. We were told on that cruise that the Mariner was being pulled. Also there was plenty of violence in Mexico at that time and I believe Carnival had suspended cruises there for the time being. Guess I'll have to keep flying to get to my cruises.