Cruise ships head back to Mexico

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With swine flu panic receding, and the Foreign Office and the US Centre for Disease Control lifting their recommendations to avoid Mexico, cruise lines have begin to announce that their ships will soon be returning to the area.
Carnival, which includes the Princess and Holland America brands, kept their ships at sea or diverted to completely different itineraries up the west coast of America rather than call at Mexican ports. They will be back to their original schedules, visiting destinations such as Cozumel and Ensenada from the middle of June.
Royal Caribbean International will resume calls to Cozumel with sailings after May 24, although Mariner of the Seas will continue to cruise the Pacific north-west itinerary until June 1.
The changes were announced at the same time as Carnival revealed how the flu crisis had affected its earnings, and forecast a fall of up to 10 cents profit per share. They will have been hit by the extra costs of making short-notice changes to their itineraries, but they do not say how much they have set aside to meet compensation claims from disgruntled passengers.

By | 2009-05-19T11:00:44+00:00 19 May 2009|Cruise Destinations, Cruise News|1 Comment

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  1. 21 May 2009 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    It can’t be overstated as to how important this move is by the cruise ship companies.
    Mexico has been devastated by the fallout of the swine flu crisis – the travel industry is estimated to lose almost $8 billion over 2009 as a result, with most hotels running at an occupancy of less than 10% as opposed to 80% in normal years.
    I was in Cancun two weeks ago and it was sad to see it so deserted. This is a time when Mexico needs all the help it can get to get back on its feet, but you can do that by taking advantage of the great travel offers available from many tour operators, cruise companies and hotels.

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