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Cruise Ship Passengers Robbed During Excursion Nature Tour February 23, 2012

At tip from a Cruise Bruise visitor from Mexico, alerted Cruise Bruise to an article in a Mexican newspaper located in Guadalajara, Mexico Informadore.com.mx, reporting a group of nearly two dozen passengers. Departed their cruise ship together for a venture into the jungle via a tour bus and were robbed on the nature trail at gun point by hooded banditos. The attack took place around 1700 hours on Thursday, February 23, 2012. The banditos then fled into the jungle, escaping arrest.

The attack is said to have taken place in a tourist area known as The Negalito, located south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with 22 victims from the U.S. have been robbed of electronics and other valuables including their passports and identification cards, while on a nature excursion into the jungle.

Another article found on Informadore says (after translation), "Charles Gerard Guzman, shipping agent of the shipping Carnival, states that, although "it would have been nice to have hired security staff, remember that employers of Puerto Vallarta, which generate jobs, we pay our taxes in a timely manner, by law the municipality, authority, we must protect."

He adds the guide should have taken more precautions and not led the group to areas with no cell phone or radio signals, but clarified tour operators have the right to ask for municipal provided support for security."

While researching information on who the banditos actually were, produced humorous results from Fox News stating, "the American government is in such bad financial shape, we're sending our military troops out into the Mexican jungle to rob cruise ship passengers in order to fund military operations."

On February 8, 2012, the U.S. State Department issued a warning to American travelers to avoid 14 Mexican states, including Jalisco. The warning says in part, "Carjacking and highway robbery are serious problems in many parts of the border region and U.S. citizens have been murdered in such incidents. Most victims who complied with carjackers at these checkpoints have reported that they were not physically harmed. Incidents have occurred during the day and at night, and carjackers have used a variety of techniques, including bumping/moving vehicles to force them to stop and running vehicles off the road at high speeds. There are some indications that criminals have particularly targeted newer and larger vehicles."


It specifically targets Puerto Vallarta, "Jalisco Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta are the major cities/travel destinations. You should defer non-essential travel to areas of the state that border the states of Michoacan and Zacatecas. You should also exercise caution when traveling at night outside of cities in the remaining portions of this state. The security situation along the Michoacan and Zacatecas borders continues to be unstable and gun battles between criminal groups and authorities occur."

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