Eight upcoming Holland America itineraries featuring the Mexican city of Acapulco are being revised to skip the port. These sailings include October voyages onboard Zaandam and Nieuw Amsterdam, a November sailing of Oosterdam, a December sailing on Amsterdam and four more voyages in 2018.
“Due to recent security concerns, Holland America Line has replaced calls at Acapulco, Mexico, with alternative Mexican ports on eight scheduled 2017/2018 cruises. Itineraries include seven Panama Canal [sailings] and one South America cruise. Guests on affected cruises have been notified of the change. At Holland America Line, the safety of our guests is our top priority,” said Holland America’s director of public relations in a statement on behalf of the cruise line.
According to the U.S. State Department, the Mexican state of Guerrero, where Acapulco is located, has been the most violent state in Mexico for the past four years. On their website they say: “Self-defense groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero. Armed members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and, although not considered hostile to foreigners or tourists, are suspicious of outsiders and should be considered volatile and unpredictable.”
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