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In November, Holland America Line’s Veendam became the first major cruise vessel to call in Mazatlan, Mexico, in the past two years. Veendam, Statendam and Westerdam, along with Norwegian Star and Azamara Quest, will call at the port during the next year, on cruises from San Diego and Los Angeles ranging from three to 25 days.
Mazatlan hosted half a million passengers in 2010 but, from 2010 to 2011, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Norweigian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and Holland America stopped calling at the port, citing crime as the reason.
The city has created a new $3 million tourism corridor between the port and Mazatlan’s historic city center, made a $50 million investment in security cameras and established a joint effort between local and state police and the army toward enhanced security. Govenor Mario Lopez Valdez says Mazatlan has reduced its crime rate 80 percent.