22 Cruise Passengers Robbed at Gunpoint in Mexico

Carnival Cruise ship Splendor returned early Sunday to Long Beach, Calif.

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    The Carnival Splendor has had its share of troubles including the 2010 engine trouble that left passengers stranded at sea.

    A group of Carnival Splendor passengers, who were robbed at gunpoint in Mexico, returned with the ship to Long Beach Sunday.

    The 22 unlucky passengers were on a ship-sponsored jungle excursion near Puerto Vallarta Thursday when a gunman stole their money, watches, cameras and other valuables.

    No one was hurt.

    On the dock in Long Beach, passenger Kate Berry-Shoefsengers, told KCAL9 that the tourists were on a trail when they were robbed by a man with a bandana over his face.

    Mexican press reports however said the tourists were in a bus headed from a hike back to Puerto Vallarta according to the Los Angeles Times.

    All passengers returned safely to the ship, Carnival said in a statement.

    The robber has yet to be apprehended, according to Mexican press reports.

    Carnival Cruises will reportedly reimburse the passengers for their losses. The tour will be suspended according to one cruise blogger.

    The passengers were traveling on the Splendor - the same cruise ship that was stranded off the coast of Baja in November 2010.  Tugboats helped the ship to San Diego Bay where it stayed until it could be repaired.

    Earlier this month, the U.S. State Department issued a warning about travel to Mexico due to the rising violence and killings occurring in several states.

    The warning came the same week Mexican officials made a massive methamphetamine seizure in the state of Jalisco.

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