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article imageCarnival cruise passengers robbed at gunpoint in Mexico

By Leigh Goessl     Feb 25, 2012 in World
Puerto Vallarta - On Thursday, several passengers traveling aboard the Carnival Splendor were robbed at gunpoint in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
According to MSNBC, 22 passengers were returning by bus to the ship in the early evening hours after a jaunt to the well-known tourist area of El Nogalito. MSNBC reported the masked thieves stopped the bus and took money, watches, electronics and other valuables.
No passengers were injured and all of the Splendor's passengers were returned to the ship safely. MSNBC reported (via Mexican publication informador.mx.com), the thieves have not been caught.
According to media sources, Carnival released a statement today apologizing for the occurrence and calling the robbery an "extremely rare incident," but the tour, which includes a nature trail outing with a guide and booked through the cruise, has been suspended at this time.
Los Angeles CBS local affiliate reported this is unusual for a tourist location in Mexico.
“They basically targeted a group of people, not individuals that were being escorted. So this is highly unusual. Normally the kind of street crime that happens in any major city is directed against individuals traveling on their own. Not necessarily in large groups, certainly not on a bus,” CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg told CBS News.
The timing of this robbery comes at a difficult one for the cruise industry, particularly Carnival, and also for the Mexican tourism industry as it tries to rebound from a decline. Many question the safety of traveling to Mexico, even in tourist areas.
Earlier this month the U.S. State Dept. issued a warning about travel to Mexico due to the rising incidences of violence and killings occurring in several states. This warning came the same week Mexican officials made a "historic" massive powder meth seizure in the state of Jalisco.
Carnival said they plan to work with the passengers who lost valuables and reimburse the losses.
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