Mexico’s drug war hurts Los Angeles’ economy

Posted by: Phineas on January 17, 2011 at 11:12 am

**Posted by Phineas

Call it a spillover effect, or maybe collateral damage. For years, the Port of Los Angeles has been the jumping off point for cruises down the Mexican coast. Those days are now coming to an end, as the ships sail away for good:

The sour economy and growing drug-related violence in Mexico is having a major impact on the two largest cruise ships serving the Port of Los Angeles.

Royal Caribbean is leaving the rough waters of Southern California and Mexico after a voyage that begins Sunday.

The cruise line’s Mariner of the Seas, a 3,100-passenger vessel, will end up in its new home base of Galveston, Texas.

Norwegian Cruise Lines will pull its Norwegian Star out of port in May. The 2,348-passenger ship will end up in Tampa, Fla.

The two ships combined carried nearly half of the Port of Los Angeles’ passengers in 2009.

KABC also provides a video report.

Carnival Cruise lines is also leaving, sending its ship to Australia next year. These ships bring in roughly $1 million dollars each to the Los Angeles economy, so this is a heavy blow to an area already struggling with high unemployment and government mismanagement. The report cites a bad economy in Southern California as another reason for leaving, but, come on. Maybe passenger numbers for Mexican cruises are down because of news like this: 19 beheadings in Acapulco* this January alone — and the month’s not even over!

Small wonder these ships are leaving.

*A major cruise destination. That’ll draw the tourists.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Mexico’s drug war hurts Los Angeles’ economy”


  1. Paul says:

    This is not good news ! This will hurt L.A.’s economy…

  2. Zippy says:

    Since Americans are a litigious bunch whenever something goes awry, of course these businesses have to leave in order to protect their brands/businesses in light of all this violence. It wouldn’t be very comforting to have guards on deck with automatic rifles, would it?

    Close the friggen borders.

  3. Steve Skubinna says:

    Oddly enough the cruise business is still booming in San Diego, even nearer the border. It appears to be increasing, so I am thinking the article is not giving the whole story.

    Is it perhaps possible that LA is more hostile to business than SD is? The companies don’t want to antagonize anyone, so they claim the reason is lawlessness in Mexico?

  4. Phineas says:


    LA’s business climate is notoriously hostile to business, though I’m not sure how or if that affects cruise companies.

  5. Carlos says:

    “…an area already struggling with high unemployment and government mismanagement.”

    Government mismanagement? How could you possibly insinuate that elite government strategists are mismanaging the economy? Why, everybody knows that their hearts are in the right place, so despite the results of all their social engineering (including especially immigration enforcement laxness) one has to know that they’ll keep engineering until the results match the theoretical projections, which is to say they’ll keep screwing the citizens of LA until the cows come home.

  6. Steve Skubinna says:

    Fine, Carlos, but no cows will be coming home to LA anymore.

  7. Neo says:

    A recent passenger out of FL indicates that over half of the passengers are now Mexicans, who will threaten you with death for virtually any reason.

  8. Carlos says:

    Which means, Steve, they’ll keep screwing their own real citizens forever.

    Kinda like the present administration that wishes it could go on forever, screwing all the (real) citizens with fine words and filthy, lawless actions.