On March 1, 2018, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico issued a security alert discouraging travel on tourist ferries between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen in Mexico. The warning from the U.S. State Department was issued after an explosion on a tourist ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen occurred last month. Investigators found explosive devices on board the ferry. Late last week additional devices were found attached to a similar ferry in the area.
Cozumel is a popular stop on Disney’s 7-Night Western Caribbean sailings and Disney Cruise Line has several Port Adventure excursions available that take guests to the Mexican mainland and through the Playa del Carmen.
As a result, Disney Cruise Line is now starting to contact guests on select sailings to notify them that Port Adventures involving travel to the Mexican mainland are being cancelled.
Guests are being notified of the cancellation of the following excursions:
- Tulum Ruins (CZ06)
- Amazing Secret River and Playa del Carmen (CZ51)
- Xcaret Eco Archaeological Park (CZ10)
- Xel-Ha Park & River Tubing – All Inclusive (CZ53)
- Xplor Park (CZ56)
- Caves, Caverns and Paradise Lagoon (CZ79)
- Turtle Snorkel and Mystic River (CZ84)
- Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins – New World Wonder (CZ86)
Those travelling on upcoming sailings are being advised that if they booked any of the above experiences, the excursions will be automatically removed from their onboard plans. As of going to print it isn’t clear how many sailings are being impacted by these closures. Our source who received the email is slated to travel on the 7-night Western Caribbean sailing out of Port Canaveral on March 17, 2018.
Disney Cruise Line is giving the following advice to guests visiting Cozumel:
“We recommend that all guests remain on the island of Cozumel, which offers a variety of great experiences during our visit and avoid traveling via ferry to the neighboring Playa del Carmen. We also ask that clients remain vigilant about personal safety and the safety of their belongings. The letter goes on to add “At this time we do not anticipate any additional changes to Port Adventures in Cozumel. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide necessary updates when needed.”
This is a story that we will be following closely here at Chip and Co. and will aim to pass on more details as and when they are made available.
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