Psycho, I think what we're trying to say is enjoy your cruise, stay with groups, and rest assured that the cruise line will do everything in its power to make sure they don't dock somewhere unsafe. Best wishes!
Psycho, We did the Mex. Riv. in February. No problems whatsoever. Stay with organized tours or excursions offered through the ship as Penny stated. We were in Cabo and Mazatlan. Trouble can follow you anywhere. Even in the good ole' U.S. of A.
Psycho, I agree with the above that staying with a cruise line excursion should allay any fears. We made a Mexican Riviera cruise in 2005, stopping in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, and it was among our best cruises. Enjoy!
want to get a cheap thrill? Just go up to the mexican army guys standing by the checkpoint to the pier..you know the ones with the machine guns and the bored looks on thier faces. with a completely serious face ask them to repeat the phrase "we don't need no stinkin' badges" they love it trust me. It's a great way to spend time before you jump back on your big safe ship...you can tell the federal guys from the local cops because they carry machine guns. they are usually posted outside the stores that sell rolex or other high dollar trinkets.
On a more serious note I think the chances of getting in the crossfire of a drug war while on vacation there are no more than if you walked around outside LAX or JFK or any airport in a big us city.
I did read a story about a busload of tourist, in costa rica i think, that fought off a gang of bandits that were trying to rob them...some ex-military senior citizen got shot, kicked some *** and ran them off. the tour bus took him to the hospital and he was all right. the local cops busted the bandits. That and the african pirates that attcked that one cruiseliner, another band of morons. those are the only attacks I have heard of lately but i guess they really downplay any that do happen.
Thanks for asking, Andrealovescruising. I've taken in what y'all have to say about the safety of the trip and I think we're probably going to go. I'll do a little more research on the specific regions where the ship goes and I'll contact the state department to see if there are any travel advisories for the region.
Hopefully I won't go "psycho" during the planning process.