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Princess Cruises cuts Puerto Vallarta from its itineraries, citing continued violence.

Many cruise lines have cancelled port calls in Mazatlan, Mexico due to an increase in drug-related violence reported by a number of cruise lines in recent months. But Princess Cruises’ recent announcement that it will be cancelling calls to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a first.

“As the safety and security of our passengers and crew is our highest priority and based on the continued violence in these areas, we’ve made the decision to cancel our calls,” said Princess spokeswoman Karen Candy.

At this stage, Sapphire Princess departures on November 19, December 10 and December 31 are the only sailings affected, while February 2012 sailings to the region are set to go ahead – at this point in time.

Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan will be replaced with an overnight stay in Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, both in Mexico.

No compensation will be offered to impacted passengers as the sailings are outside the cancellation penalty phase.

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