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Carnival Cruise Lines cancels Mazatlan visits

Carnival has become the latest cruise ship operator to suspend stops in Mazatlan, citing violent incidents in the resort city on Mexico's Pacific coast.

3rd cruise line to suspend visits to Mexican port city

In this photo released by Carnival Cruise Lines, the Elation sails by the San Diego Yacht Club on its way to several Mexican ports. (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines/Associated Press)

Carnival has become the latest cruise ship operator to suspend stops in Mazatlan, citing violent incidents in the resort city on Mexico's Pacific coast.

Carnival Cruise Lines called the decision a precautionary measure, noting that "there have been no incidents involving cruise passengers."

"We are working closely with the Mexican government and local officials to review their plans to improve security in all of the main tourist areas," Carnival said in a statement sent to The Associated Press on Monday. "Once we are comfortable with their plans and implementation, we expect to return to Mazatlan."

The Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit ships will replace Mazatlan with additional calls in Cabo San Lucas and Manzanillo, the statement said.

Disney Wonder and Holland America have also recently cancelled Mazatlan stops.

Mazatlan is located in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, which is the cradle of several drug cartels and has one of the highest homicide rates in Mexico.

The city has in general been much safer than the rest of the state, with port officials describing crimes against cruise passengers as isolated and minor, such as purse snatchings.

In February, however, two men were shot to death in the parking lot of a hotel frequented by foreign visitors. Neither of the victims were tourists, but guests reported hearing the gunshots.

Last week, five dead bodies were found dangling from bridges over a highway in Mazatlan.

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