More than 21.5 million international tourists visited Mexico in 2009. Carnival Cruise Lines is reporting record wave season bookings, with strong reservations activity for 2010 departures. 21, 2010, bookings were at unprecedented levels for the line's 22 ships which operate three- to 15-day voyages from a variety of convenient North American home ports.
As a result of the strong booking volumes, a general price increase will be implemented effective March 22 for all summer sailings in June, July and August. Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill said, "We're seeing significantly increased volume as consumers are taking advantage of the incredible value that a Carnival cruise provides.
The travel alert expresses no concern whatsoever regarding Mexican beach resorts and key tourist and business destinations.
Tourist areas are safe to travel to, which means that the vast majority of U. citizens visiting Mexico should not have any hesitation in doing so.
February 23rd, 2010 - Travel Alert Revision Overview The US Department of State has extended a travel alert to Mexico.
The text of the alert has remained virtually unchanged, with a few additional border areas being added to the list of those where extra caution is recommended.
Carnival also has two new ships on order - the 130,000-ton Carnival Magic, which is scheduled for delivery in 2011, and a sister ship set to debut in 2012.
And while pricing hasn't fully recovered to 2008 levels, we are increasing prices and will implement an across-the-board increase effective March 22." He said that the price increases will vary by departure date but will be up to 5 percent.Cahill attributed the record booking activity to a wide range of factors, including strong travel agent partner support, targeted marketing initiatives, itinerary enhancements and the wide variety of close-to-home departure points.Mexico's tourist destinations and resort properties remain fun, safe, affordable and popular vacation destinations. Regarding the alert renewal, here are a few points that we consider is important to know, in case your costumers or partners ask about it: This is not a new alert. What has been extended is a travel alert, not a warning. citizens are geographically far from the very specific areas included in the alert.Indeed, Mexico remains the number one international destination for U. Travel warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable, and/or when the U. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff. citizens from traveling to the country's tourist destinations. For example, Cancun and Acapulco are at least a two-hour flight away from the main areas identified in the alert.Wave season typically runs from about mid-January through early spring and is traditionally the busiest, most important booking period in the cruise industry.
Carnival Cruise Lines is the largest and most popular cruise line in the world, with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 15 days in length to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Canada, New England and Europe.