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Cruise line: 22 passengers robbed in Mexican seaside resort
CNN News ^ | 2/26/12

Posted on 02/26/2012 11:54:47 AM PST by Kartographer

Twenty-two Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports during a shore excursion in the Mexico seaside resort of Puerto Vallarta, cruise officials said late Saturday. The passengers were robbed Thursday during a guided trail excursion, according to a statement released by the cruise line. The cruise line did not provide details of the robbery, saying only that there were no injuries and the tour was suspended on future sailings under further notice.

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1 posted on 02/26/2012 11:54:51 AM PST by Kartographer
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To: Kartographer

Reason #1985 why Americans should avoid going to Messico.


2 posted on 02/26/2012 11:57:56 AM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: Kartographer

I wonder how much the “tour guide” got to lure the people into the Trap?(Excursion)


3 posted on 02/26/2012 11:58:28 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: Kartographer

Passports? You don’t need no steenking passports!


4 posted on 02/26/2012 11:58:39 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Kartographer

LOL! Waxing serious for a second it has become obvious no sane man would tour Mexico as of now and into the near future.


5 posted on 02/26/2012 12:01:19 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Kartographer

I like the guy on the right who is sitting down. It’s hard to pull off a PIECE-OF-PIZZA HAT, but, by golly, he can get away with it.


6 posted on 02/26/2012 12:02:32 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kartographer

Tax on stupidity?

Almost as bad as jet-skiing to a drug smuggling hub.


7 posted on 02/26/2012 12:02:49 PM PST by PAR35
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To: South40

Stupid is what stupid does.


8 posted on 02/26/2012 12:03:11 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Kartographer

Carnival Cruise Line.....a little too much adventure cruising what with Italy and now this.


9 posted on 02/26/2012 12:08:49 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6

2 PIECES OF PEPPERONI ON THAT PIECE


10 posted on 02/26/2012 12:09:46 PM PST by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I would rather fly to Florida and cruise to the Caribbean than drive 20 minutes to the San Diego cruise terminal and cruise to Messico.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 12:13:52 PM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: PAR35

Exactly. Every stupid oblivious and/or liberal American needs exactly such a wake-up call, and many need many many more, until they either learn better or obtain the natural consequences of obliviousness/liberalism. Hopefully before they visit those consequences upon the rest of us.


12 posted on 02/26/2012 12:16:19 PM PST by mrsmel
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To: South40

“I would rather fly to Florida and cruise to the Caribbean than drive 20 minutes to the San Diego cruise terminal and cruise to Messico.”

No you wouldn’t. That is just as nuts on another level.

Ports in these Caribbean islands are like stopping off in Colon, Rep of Panama. They are filthy and of no historical value.

People who go on these so called cruises go just to eat, eat, eat, and eat 24/7. It is much, much cheapter to stay home.


13 posted on 02/26/2012 12:34:46 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: South40
There's a BIG difference between East coast Mexico and West coast. The Carribbean side like Cancun is almost like America. West coast Mexico has become dangerous.

If I were the mayors of these towns, I'd put out a hefty bounty on the bandit's heads. No cruise lines= no dollars for the local economy.

14 posted on 02/26/2012 12:34:56 PM PST by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: boop

See my post #13.


15 posted on 02/26/2012 12:37:36 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Kartographer

Where is the Frito Bandito when you need him??!!


16 posted on 02/26/2012 12:43:49 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

The Cruise lines should ban stops at all ports in Mexico for the next few years—that land is about to blow up big time. Better yet—let the ships stop at Cuba.


17 posted on 02/26/2012 12:54:36 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: boop; South40
22 cruise passengers were robbed Thursday during a guided trail excursion

I wouldn't go into Mexico if ya offered to take me in a complimentary, fully stocked stretch limo.

18 posted on 02/26/2012 12:56:12 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2

Stretch limo - otherwise known as a big target.


19 posted on 02/26/2012 1:03:37 PM PST by NathanR
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To: Kartographer
One simply needs to travel with the right companions

http://www.ultimatemetal.com/forum/nevermore/286593-70-year-old-ex-marine-kills-mugger-bare-hands.html

20 posted on 02/26/2012 1:04:39 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Kartographer
"It's just wealth redistribution. We learned it from Barack Obama."


21 posted on 02/26/2012 1:05:13 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Kartographer

Mexico has nothing that I need.


22 posted on 02/26/2012 1:06:04 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Isn’t the booze pretty expensive on cruise ships? I’ve never been on a cruise.


23 posted on 02/26/2012 1:11:30 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kartographer

But...but cruises and the resorts are supposed to be safe! Guess their next trek into the Mexican conntryside will be in arorred Humvees.


24 posted on 02/26/2012 1:11:39 PM PST by citizen (The Dims will all unite for Zero. We must soon unite behind our challenger and back him to victory!)
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To: Kartographer
But...but cruises and the resorts are supposed to be safe! Guess their next trek into the Mexican countryside will be in armored Humvees.
25 posted on 02/26/2012 1:13:02 PM PST by citizen (The Dims will all unite for Zero. We must soon unite behind our challenger and back him to victory!)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Where is the Frito Bandito when you need him??!!


I think he was banned by Political Correctness.


26 posted on 02/26/2012 1:13:10 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Kartographer

I really think we need a complete tourist boycott of Mexico, I think that would get them straightened out PDQ.


27 posted on 02/26/2012 1:14:04 PM PST by jocon307
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To: unkus

Actually I don’t really recall.

There is no problem taking your own booz. But you should check first.

I’ve taken two cruises. One was a Mediterranean cruise that went up to Turkey, and the other was Hawaii. Both were very nice.


28 posted on 02/26/2012 1:22:53 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: South40

Until they (the Mexican government) recall all of the illegal invaders they encouraged to come up here, I’ve no use for anything Messican. I avoid buying anything from that armpit-of-a-country, including their vegetables.


29 posted on 02/26/2012 1:41:21 PM PST by x1stcav (I'm voting for anyone in 2012 but an Ivy Leager.)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

If you take your own booze it will be confiscated. Your baggage is searched before you get on, and once you get off, for contraband. That includes contraband you bring with you, and that which you purchase there. Booze will just be taken, because that is where the profit margin for the cruise line is. Real drugs will get you a visit from the local DEA.

I took the family on the Carnival Cruise to Mexico back in 07 ... it was a nice cruise. Loved Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo. Not impressed at all w Aculpolco. Surprised this happened in PV.


30 posted on 02/26/2012 1:50:07 PM PST by RainMan (Newt/Sarah - Red Meat for a Red America)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Actually, I have and would. I don’t take cruises to eat or for their historical value. I do so because I enjoy traveling to places I have never been and to meet people of other cultures. You are free to your opinion but you cannot tell me what I would or or would not like. That is nuts.


31 posted on 02/26/2012 2:05:35 PM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: unkus

Yes, booze is costly by the glass. If you like to drink mixed drinks (gin and tonic, scotch and soda) you can buy bottles in the duty-free store on board and in your room, mix up what you want, put it in a plastic soft drink bottle which you carry around. Classy? No, not at all. But $1 a drink instead of $4.50 a drink.

Cruises have a lot going for them, but as this thread indicates, when you step out of the 99% controlled environment of the boat, things good and bad can happen. I worked on a cruise ship for about ten months, as a musician. Some of it I enjoyed a lot, some was quite boring, some was oppressive. Overall, it’s like being in a pretty high end hotel with utterly inane activities but decent food and drink. If you keep your booze costs down you can cruise for $150-$175 a day, about the same range as a good, not incredible hotel.

Where and when you get off the ship, you’re certainly marked as a tourist unless you are Western-style cities in Europe like Oslo, Stockhom, Copenhagen, etc; Those were fun. The Caribbean is pretty safe...no deep culture to speak of, just beach and sun. West coast of Mexico I flat out would not go, or, if I did, I wouldn’t get off the boat. West coast Mexico cruises are in general pure flaming drunkfests, they are usually only 3-4 days, with a youngish party crowd who can’t take the time off from work. 7-8 day Caribbean cruises are fine. That’s probably 75% of the whole cruise industry. That is not to say you cannot get into sticky situations in Antigua or St. Thomas or some other islands in that area, but trouble is rare in that zone AFAIK. Cozumel is fairly OK, but you will see soldiers with M-4 rifles guarding the piers. Me, personally, I have sub-zero interest in 95% of Mexico.

By the way, this is fairly new in Puerto Vallarta which was once the tropical jewel getaway zone. Many cruises have stopped doing the 3-day drunkfests to Ensenada because of crime and the unruly crowds. They better get this under control pronto in P-V or lots of tourist money will just stop coming.


32 posted on 02/26/2012 2:07:39 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: x1stcav
I avoid buying anything from that armpit-of-a-country, including their vegetables.

Same here. I live on 3.5 acres and Mrs 40 and I grow most the vegetables we eat in our ample garden. I'll go hungry before I'll eat anything from Messico.

33 posted on 02/26/2012 2:13:07 PM PST by South40 (Mitt is full of Shtt)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Thanks for all the info, A S D.

A lot has changed since I lived and traveled in Mexico in the late 60’s. I don’t think I’ll go back.


34 posted on 02/26/2012 2:17:33 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: RainMan

Thank you for that update. I just couldn’t remember one way or the other.

I also don’t remember how this was treated on our Med cruise. My Dad and I boarded the ship at Athens, Greece, on a non U.S. flag ship.

But it could have been the same. It probably was.

In fact, I remember my Dad and I would have a couple at the bar before dinner. Therefore, it sounds to me we boarded dry.

For some reason, the captain of the ship, who was Greek, took a shine to us and would also join us for a couple. I think he liked us because we were from the Panama Canal, and he had been through there several times on ships as captain and loved to hear stories about it.

Thank you again.


35 posted on 02/26/2012 2:27:04 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: unkus

“A lot has changed since I lived and traveled in Mexico in the late 60’s.”

Man, that could be the understatement of the new year 2012.

PM me if you have any other cruise questions. Other posters were correct as to bringing your own on board. No way, it will be confiscated. The security going on a cruise is effectively 100% identical to going on an airplane....I am not sure they grope you, but they closely go through your luggage and make you take your shoes off. I don’t think they are as goofy with 3oz of shampoo, that type of thing. My last cruise was in 2005 and things have tightened up a tad since then that I do not know about.


36 posted on 02/26/2012 2:27:35 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (The only economic certainty: When it all blows up, Krugman will say we didn't spend enough.)
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To: South40

I did not mean it as an insult to you. I was just giving you some healthy advice how not to be robbed of your money.

Good. I now encourage you to go on a Caribbean cruise and make sure it stops in Haiti.

Enjoy yourself.


37 posted on 02/26/2012 2:35:39 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: South40; Kartographer

I was there last week (Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico), had a great time, went up to some little mountain villages and ate some fantastic food. The people were really nice; I left my laptop (and some jewelery and other things) in a taxi, and it was all returned to me that evening.


38 posted on 02/26/2012 2:36:24 PM PST by livius
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To: RainMan
If you take your own booze it will be confiscated.

We have cruised a lot and we always take our own alcohol. I pack several bottles of wine in our luggage and it's always been left alone.

39 posted on 02/26/2012 2:38:39 PM PST by reformed_dem
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To: unkus
I’ve never been on a cruise.

They're lots of fun.

And going in port in Mexico and getting robbed at gun point, lends to a festive, friendly atmosphere.

40 posted on 02/26/2012 2:51:15 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

I might check out some of the Inland Passage cruises from Seattle to Alaska. An older, mellower crowd.


41 posted on 02/26/2012 3:03:29 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: dragnet2

Chinga Mejico.


42 posted on 02/26/2012 3:04:39 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

What do you think of European river cruises, i.e., Viking, Uniworld? We’re thinking of taking one next year.


43 posted on 02/26/2012 3:14:57 PM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer); unkus

We don’t go to eat; we go to relax. The cruise line loses money on us, as we don’t gamble, drink, or take their expensive tours.

To unkus: Alcohol is very expensive on cruises. Even soft drinks are outrageous — at least on the cruises we’ve taken.


44 posted on 02/26/2012 3:20:58 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: unkus

“I might check out some of the Inland Passage cruises from Seattle to Alaska. An older, mellower crowd.”

My sister and my wonderful brother-in-law were on a similar cruise, and they just loved it.


45 posted on 02/26/2012 3:22:53 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: NathanR

Ya got a point there. Most of the wealthy with a brain avoid them like the plague nowadays.

But they still do big biz with the teen set during graduation. Makes the kiddies feel like queens and superstars for a few hours...Then reality bites hard.


46 posted on 02/26/2012 3:25:57 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
I'll be in Italy a few times while going through the Mediterranean on a cruise, don't plan that result and I think after that happened they will weed out the remaining A-holes.
47 posted on 02/26/2012 3:38:46 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: MayflowerMadam

“We don’t go to eat; we go to relax.”

Where did I say you did go just to eat?

I used the term in general from what I have seen. Did I miss something?

It sounds like I hit nerve somewhere.

Are you fat?


48 posted on 02/26/2012 3:45:44 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“It sounds like I hit nerve somewhere. Are you fat?”

No; not fat, Joyboy.


49 posted on 02/26/2012 4:02:18 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: MayflowerMadam

Madam, what is a “Joyboy?”

Is that part of your profession?


50 posted on 02/26/2012 4:25:27 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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