Costa Rica Tightens Port Security In Wake of Mugging Attempt, As Carnival Resumes Calls

Costa Rican authorities have promised to ramp up security in the port city of Limon following a mugging attempt last week that was thwarted by a septuagenarian U.S. tourist on a Carnival ship. Officials said they planned on doubling the number of police on patrol in the port during cruise stopovers and that security cameras would be installed around the city. In light of Costa Rica's pledge, Carnival has decided to resume calling on Limon, beginning with the Carnival Legend's March 8 voyage. It had halted calls to Limon late last week following the incident, which occurred when three armed assailants boarded a bus ferrying tourists from the Carnival Liberty to a beach in an attempted robbery that, according to reports, was upended by a former U.S. marine in his 70s, who put one of the attackers in a headlock as the two others fled. The mugger was later declared dead, apparently from asphyxiation. The American tourist has still yet to be identified.

FREE Virtual Event

Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4

Are you prepared to guide your clients through the “new normal” of travel? Join us December 15, 2020 from 1pm-2:20pm EST for Pivoting Back to Travel: Phase 4. The upcoming installment of our FREE virtual series will feature presentations from the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, and Seabourn on their most up-to-date travel procedures, health & safety protocols they’ve implemented to keep guests safe, activities that are open to visitors, what your clients need to know while on their trip and more! Visit www.pivotingbacktotravel to view the full agenda and register for your FREE pass.

Suggested Articles:

Thailand announced a new tourist visa for U.S. travelers to apply in advance to visit safely for up to 60 days. Here's what you need to know.

Insight Vacations has launched its new 2021-22 Americas collection, including Latin America for the first time. Learn more here.

The USTOA asked when active members anticipate restarting operations in destinations around the world. Here's what they had to say.