I'm going to go with Calica. Ive been to Playa del Carmen and I think thats close to there?? As far as Progreso I'm not big on wanting to go back.. Once the Fantasy moves to Mobile its going to have six 7 day cruises going to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel. There is 2 in May, 2 in July, and 2 in October of 2010. Thats the one we are looking at for the moment. But goodluck in your cruise findings! =)
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I would much prefer Calica. The port itself is not good, but you are very close to Playa Del Carmen and some great excursions. Yes you will have to take a cab to get to any water, but the water is wonderful compared to Progresso.
We actually enjoyed Progreso when we cruised on the Fantasy last year. We booked an excusion at the dock with autoprogreso (a legit tour company) We took a combination mayan ruins and merida city tour. The guide was fantastic. The sites were interesting and the guide was very passionate about his culture. The city tour was great too. We also ate in the town near the square. I could go on for days about how much we enjoyed the experience at half the price of carnivals excursion. Now as for as going to the beaches or any water activities, I would wait and do those things in Calica. We have contacted autoprogreso.com about more tours they offer around Progreso for our next cruise there. This will make our 7th cruise, having been to Progreso twice. Research the area before you condemn it. Its more fasinating than most think. Hope this helps.
Gary & Jo Ann
The Cruisin Cajuns
Fantasy Jan 7, 2010
Triumph Feb 20, 2010
I hope my post regarding my personal choice is not thought of as a condemnation of Progresso. As the previous poster has pointed out, if you are not looking for a great beach, Progresso has some good excursions. I have to say that Merida is a wonderful city with many attractions. I also agree that going through the ships excursion desk is far too expensive and it sounds like they found a good operator.
Don't be bummed out if Progresso is where you end up going. Each port has a few jewels if you look for them.