The U.S. Embassy in Mexico has issued a travel warning for Playa del Carmen in the Riviera Maya region of the Quintana Roo state in Mexico. (see video below) The travel warning follows a “security threat” alert and an explosion aboard a ferry last month. The ferry was traveling between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel island when the explosion took place.
The embassy is barring U.S. government employees from traveling to Playa del Carmen, in the state of in Quintana Roo. The U.S. Consular Agency in the popular resort town will also be “closed until further notice,” the embassy reported in an alert.
Location: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Event: On March 7, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City received information about a security threat in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Effective immediately, U.S. Government employees are prohibited from traveling to Playa del Carmen until further notice. The U.S. Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen will be closed until further notice.
Actions to Take:
- Be aware of your surroundings and exercise caution.
- Purchase travel insurance that specifically covers you in Mexico and includes medical evacuation insurance.
- Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate if you need assistance.
Several cruise ships call at Cozumel with ferry service to Playa del Carmen. Those cruise ships for March include in part:
Carnival Cruise Lines
- Carnival Dream, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Magic, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory and Carnival Vista.
- Celebrity Equinox, Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette.
Disney Cruise Line
- Disney Fantasy and Disney Magic
- MSC Seaside
- Regal Princess
Norwegian Cruise Line
- Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Sun.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
- Allure of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Independence of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas and Vision of the Seas.
The U.S. State Department Travel Warnings feeds is down and there are no updated reports on the U.S. State Department website since January 10, 2018. Therefore, the Cruise Bruise Travel Warning. page is not working. However, the U.S. Embassy Mexico City has issued the alert on their website.
- Cozumel, Mexico Cruise Ship Schedule
- Cruise Ship Weather – Caribbean
- Caribbean Cruise Ship Tracker
- U.S. Embassy Mexico City
- Cruise Bruise Travel Warning
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