Swine-flu fears and the threat of epidemic have subsided sufficiently that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has lifted an advisory warning against nonessential travel to Mexico. During the past few weeks, more than three dozen ships rearranged their schedules to avoid Mexico, which points to the flexibility of a cruise vacation, where the ship can avoid regional problems that may crop up. For instance, the Disney Magic canceled calls to Cozumel in May and replaced them with visits to the Bahamas. Disney Magic’s next scheduled call to Cozumel is two weeks off, and Disney, which is certainly monitoring health news as well as pulic perception, has not indicated any changes in its plans.
Several lines are planning to resume their scheduled visits to Mexican ports. Among them, Royal Caribbean will resume port calls to Mexico on voyages departing after May 24 for the Enchantment of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, and the Liberty of the Seas. While Royal Caribbean resumes its regularly scheduled programming to Mexico, other cruise lines were only passing through; quite a few ships were actually diverted from Mexican ports during repositioning cruises to Alaska, and they will not be back to Mexico until the fall. For instance, Princess Cruises had six ships that were set to visit Mexico on their way to Alaska, and all of them are cruising the great north already or will start doing so this week. The same is true of five ships that Holland America Line was moving to Alaska for the summer season.