Several cruise lines that routinely visit Cozumel, Mexico have canceled select shore excursions due to a security alert from the U. S. Embassy. Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International are among the cruises lines affected by the situation.
The cancellations are for excursions that require a ferry. Several shore excursions take place on the mainland of Mexico in Playa del Carmen, so a ferry from the island of Cozumel is required.
On March 1, undetonated explosive devices were found by Mexican law enforcement on a tourist ferry that operates between Cozumel-Playa del Carmen, Mexico. On February 21, an explosive device detonated on a tourist ferry in Playa del Carmen resulting in injuries, including to U.S. citizens. U.S. Government employees are prohibited from using all tourist ferries on this route until further notice. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement continue to investigate.
Guests aboard the Disney Fantasy are currently on a 7-Night Western Caribbean sailing that stopped today in Cozumel. They were advised of the change to the Port Adventures via this letter from Disney Cruise Line as they boarded the ship on Saturday.
How long the cancellations will be in place is unknown at this time, but we will continue to monitor for any changes.
Any excursions that don’t use a ferry will continue as normal.