(Recasts with updated Carnival statement, Royal Caribbean)
MIAMI, April 28 Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL.N)
and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (RCL.N) said on Tuesday they
were temporarily suspending port calls in Mexico as a result of
the swine flu alert.
"We have decided to cancel calls at Mexican ports for all
current sailings. Additionally, we will cancel calls in Mexico
for all voyages departing Thursday, April 30 through Monday,
May 4," Carnival said in a statement.
This updated a previous announcment in which the company
said it had canceled Mexico stops on Tuesday for three of its
Royal Caribbean said it was also temporarily halting port
calls by its vessels in Mexico, where 149 people have died from
the new flu virus.
The cruise line said it was consulting closely with public
health officials and government agencies such as the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health
Organization (WHO) and the Department of Homeland Security to
monitor the situation.
(Reporting by Jim Loney and Pascal Fletcher)