22 Carnival Cruise Passengers Robbed at Gunpoint on Ship-Sponsored Tour in Mexico
Twenty-two passengers on Carnival Splendor were robbed at gunpoint Thursday while on a ship-sponsored tour in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
At least one Mexican media outlet said the passengers were returning by bus to their ship at approximately 5 p.m. after spending time in El Nogalito, a tourist area known for its lush natural setting. Masked assailants stopped the bus and robbed the cruisers of their money, watches, cameras and other valuables.
There were no injuries and all passengers were returned safely to the ship, Carnival said in a statement. Numerous authorities were notified and responded to investigate, as well as assist the affected passengers, Carnival said.
According to informador.mx.com, the bandits have yet to be apprehended.
Carnival apologized to the passengers for the “unfortunate and disturbing event” and said it is working with passengers to reimburse them for lost valuables and assist with lost passports or other forms of identification.
On Saturday, Latitude Intl, the public relations firm representing the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, called Thursday’s robbery an “extremely rare incident.” A statement on Latitude’s Facebook page said, “minutes after we learned of the incident representatives from the local and state government, tourism leaders and tour operators [moved] to provide assistance to those involved and police and the district’s attorney office started their investigation.”
The tour in question — a guided nature trail excursion sold and booked through the line — has been suspended until further notice.