At least two cruise lines (Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean) have begun to cancel shore excursions that involved ferries in Cozumel, Mexico after the U.S. State Department issued a warning to U.S. tourists.
The reason for the warning from the U.S. State Department was due to an explosion on a tourist ferry last month. Investigators later found an explosive device onboard the ferry. On Thursday, two more explosive devices were found attached to another ferry in Cozumel.
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is visiting Cozumel, Mexico today and passengers received a letter stating that all shore excursions that involved taking a ferry were canceled. Passengers who booked shore excursions that involved taking a tourist ferry were refunded in a form of credit to their onboard account.
The cruise line included the following in the letter: “We feel it is important to make you aware that the U.S. State Deparment today published a safety warning discouraging travel on tourist ferries in Cozumel.
The U.S. State Department remains confident of the Mexican government’s efforts to ensure the safety of all tourist in the country. However, in an abundance of caution we are canceling sponsored shore excursions that involve tourist ferries. We also discourage guests from taking part in independent excursions that involve tourist ferries.”
The letter went on to say that the safety and security of the passengers and crew members is always foremost in the cruise line’s mind. Guests should also have a heightened sense of awareness of their surroundings so they can have a memorable trip to Mexico.
Cruise Fever has reached out to Carnival Cruise Line and received the following response in regards to the situation in Mexico:
“In an abundance of caution, we have cancelled all ship-sponsored tours that make use of ferries between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen and we are strongly advising our guests that ferries from Cozumel to the mainland be avoided.”
Cruise Fever will have all updates from cruise lines when we hear back from them.