Misadventure in paradise
I claim no authorship of this story, but I'm passing it along for those who may not have seen it. CNN reported the events earlier today in English.
It seems as though 22 Carnival passengers were robbed during a brief stop over in the beautiful resort of Puerto Vallarta last Thursday (Feb. 23). They went ashore to take a guided trail excursion, and were waylaid by local bandidos. In addition to cash and other valuables, their passports were stolen. Talk about a hassle . . .
CNN reported that "The 3,000-plus passenger Carnival Splendor set sail February 19 from Long Beach, Calif., for a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise that included stops in Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, according to the ship's online itinerary."
There were no injuries among the passengers, whose nationalities were not disclosed. Carnival is working with guests to reimburse them for losses, and to help them acquire new identification documents.
I bet they just opt for the Santa Catalina Island tour next time. Ocean views, a $25 burger with french fries and back to L.A. in time for an early dinner.
Footnote: I wonder why these folks took passports with them on a trail excursion. That doesn't seem very logical to me. Then again, maybe they read about what happened to these Mérida visitors.
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