A cruise ship in Puerto Chiapas last year A cruise ship in Puerto Chiapas last year. boletín chiapas

Lesser-known ports see more cruise ships

Arrivals overall are up 18% in first two months of the year

Readjustments in Mexico’s cruise ship industry have led to wins and losses for the various cruise ship ports but on the whole the industry has come out ahead in the first two months of the year.


The readjustments have been made as a result of security concerns and a shortage of facilities, sending more ships to lesser known destinations and fewer ships to some of the traditionally popular ports.

Among the beneficiaries have been Huatulco, Oaxaca; Puerto Chiapas, Chiapas; Acapulco, Guerrero; and Loreto, Baja California, according to the Communications and Transportation Secretariat.

In the first two months of last year, Puerto Chiapas saw just one cruise ship arrival. This year there were six. Acapulco went from six to 11, Huatulco from five to 10 and Loreto from one arrival to two.

In contrast, Mazatlán saw a 9% decline in visits and Manzanillo a whopping 37.5% drop.

The industry’s main challenge is insecurity. The president of the Association of Cruise Line Service Providers (AMEPACT) said the perception of insecurity in some destinations has prompted cruise lines to switch ports.

But worse now is that insecurity is not so much a perception any more but reality, said Arturo Musi.


Port changes have also been made due to limitations in facilities. If there isn’t capacity at a particular destination, a ship will be sent to another that has space, Musi said.

But on the whole, arrivals are up so far this year by 18% to 484. The number of passengers is also up, from 1.22 million to 1.439 million.

But Musi laments the fact that the cruise ship market has not yet recuperated from the decline recorded in 2008 when it took a beating due to insecurity, influenza and the economic crisis. Mexico was a leader back then; now it is in 14th place as a cruise destination.

Despite that, it is still one of the top 10 preferred destinations, according to the Latin America manager of Princess Cruises. Ruth Leal pointed to Cozumel: with 1,200 annual arrivals and 16% of the world market, it is the industry’s principal port in Latin America.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    “insecurity”,”limitations in facilities”, Mexican history should be mentioned within this article. When the Spanish ships first moored in the waters of these areas, it was rape and pillage but Ironically, it has reversed!

    Most foreigners don’t understand that Mexico is one big Indian Reservation. When you leave the securities of the Fort, you enter Indian territory, and you better be able to call the Cavalry!

    • cris_37

      What the hell are you babbling about?? Nothing of what you just said makes any sense buddy.

      • WestCoastHwy

        Yes, I need to explain: the cruise ships are like the Spanish Galleons and instead of the the cruise ship passengers raping and pillaging, ironically they’re getting raped and pillauged. Because Mexico didn’t negotiate with the Aboriginies like the U.S. (creating Reservations) Mexico’s Aboriginies are vendictively raping and pillaging the cruise ship passengers once they leave the ship (fort) of which you can not call on the local Mexican police like you could with the U.S. Cavalry. Get it now?

        • cris_37

          1) So if passengers are getting raped and pillaged, why was there an increase of 18% on trips in this year?
          2) Please state your sources that passengers that travel to Mexico ports are being actively raped and pillaged.

          • WestCoastHwy

            can I pull Jesus Christ out of my azz instead, it would be easier!

          • cris_37

            Incoherences…again. How old are you? Just curious.

          • WestCoastHwy

            Not everything is cut and dry Chris. Irony lingers in all corners. Rape and pillage is an expression taken from the Viking era but widely use throughout history by sailors. I was using the latter’s to make a point that instead of the cruise ship passengers being invaders, the invaders are now landlovers waiting for the cruise ship passengers. It’s an ageless thought.

        • daniel pugh

          Dude” get off the oxy.

          • WestCoastHwy

            oxy is so 90ies, get with the program.

      • Good reply. Babbling indeed.

  • mazgordon

    I take issue with some of the numbers reported. While I’m unaware of problems in Manzanillo, Acapulco was recently cut from all the cruise lines due to the hideous violence occurring there. Mazatlan, on the other hand, has had a substantial increase over previous years. Out of a total of 110 arrivals slated for the 2016-17 calendar there are currently 43 more scheduled from today’s (Easter Sunday) date through December 30th of this year. I write this from my studio overlooking Mazatlan’s harbor where I’ve been a full time resident for nearly 15 years.

    • gypsyken

      The article’s omission of the fact that cruise lines are now bypassing Acapulco (which has a large and elaborate cruise ship terminal) because of the violence there, reporting instead an increase in cruise ship calls there, makes me wonder again about how much credence I can put in what is published by Mexico News Daily.

  • Geoffrey Rogg

    I shall keep on rooting for Puerto Vallarta, the Queen of the Pacific by far. Construction is booming, billions of dollars are pouring in, the sailing in Banderas bay is amongst the best anywhere, world class restaurants, hotels and beaches, incredible fauna and flora. Puerto Vallarta is Paradise on earth with some blemishes yes, but not enough to turn me off.

  • Geoffrey Rogg

    I already commented. Where is it?

  • Güerito

    Saturday morning arson led to the destruction of seven bars and stores in Ixtapa, Guerrero. No injuries. The fire was started in a bar that was closed last week after a shooting there left four dead.

    Last night two were killed and five injured (including two tourists) in a shooting in the tourist center of Acapulco.