Posted by: Jerry Garrett | November 30, 2010

Carnival Splendor Downtime Costing Mexico Ports $11 Million?

Sapphire Princess chugs into Puerto Vallarta 11/30; one of a reduced number of cruise ships still calling at Mexican Riviera ports this winter. (Jerry Garrett Photo)


Carnival’s mammoth cruise ship Splendor, out of action for more than two months after an engine room fire Nov. 8, will cost its Mexican ports of call $11 million or more in lost revenue, it is estimated by authorities here.

Damaged Splendor

Splendor’s calls at the port here in Puerto Vallarta are worth about $300,000 per visit, port officials here said. The ship will miss at least at least 11 previously scheduled visits because of the fire, and subsequent repairs in San Diego, Calif.

Other Splendor ports of call in Los Cabos and Mazatlan will lose similar amounts of money, officials here estimated. Ships bring 3,000 or more passengers, plus crew, with each trip; local businesses affected by cancelled cruises include attractions, restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries, tourism guides and transportation services.

Splendor is scheduled to resume its regular 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises on Jan. 16, 2011.

Majesty of the Seas (RCI)

That is when Royal Caribbean is moving its Majesty of the Seas out of its Mexican Riviera routing, and re-positioning it in the Mediterranean. Royal Caribbean said it is not making announcements now about any possible replacement ship for the Mexico route.

Disney Wonder

But tourism officials in Mexico are anxious to welcome a newcomer to the route: Disney Cruises, which is slated in mid-January to begin its first Mexican Riviera cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles with its Disney Wonder ship. The Disney ship will be working the route for a 12-week period.

Jerry Garrett

November 30, 2010


  1. […] [UPDATE 11/30: Carnival Splendor is out of service until at least until January 16, 2011. Its ports of call in Mexico estimate the economic costs of missing 11 scheduled cruises at $11 million or more.] […]

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