Has anyone been to Progreso, Yucatan recently? I've looked for shore excursions all over the place and can't find any other than ones offered through Carnival. Are there local vendors available? We're interested in Mayan ruins and snorkeling, and will be there the first week of June. Thanks!
I just checked with portptomotions.com and they have nothing listed under Progresso, & that surprised me.. which leads me to believe, you should book through Carnival. You could take a chance as you walk off the ship,but....in this case, if you have hunted and found nothing as I just did..book Carnival's excursions.
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Last edited by Trip; March 21st, 2010 at 10:00 PM.
Particularly if you are visiting a port for the first time, we would suggest using the ships tours. It is the safest way to go. If for some reason they have to cancel the tour or skip the port entirely, you get a refund immediately.
That would not be the case when you book privately.
Having said that, if you wish to read more about whats out there, we have pics of the fliers they hand out in port for tours in the area.
When we were there, a friend of mine took the bus to Merida, which is a beautiful colonial city..he fell in love, so much so, tht he has taken many land trips there. If you find nothong that interests you, a trip there could be memorable.
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We have been to Progreso several times. The most recent cruise to Progreso was in January 2009. Every time we have been there, we have found local excursions offered. Their is a shuttle that takes you from the ship into town. Before we left the shuttle bus, a representative for these excursions boarded the bus and explained their excursions to us. Then you could sign up for them once you left the bus. We took one on our first trip their and others who have used these private tours said they had no problems.
Be sure to do the little double decker bus around town to get a bird's eye view of the area. It costs about $2 or so and takes 20 - 30 minutes. We always do this and sit on the top deck for the best viewing (watch out for the low limbs though).
We usually follow up the bus ride with a trip to the beach and shopping areas and have lunch in town. We like to shop in the little straw market area where the bus stops and also at the big port store near the shuttle. This is the first shop you will see after leaving the ship and it is very nice.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days
Hold a Rare Baby White Tiger Cub - Just off The Pier
Just as you walk to the end of the pier at Progreso, Mx, look to your far left (just before you see the first retail store) and you will see two guys sitting there with a white tiger cub. If you are brave and willing, pay them $5 and they will let you hold him and use your camera to take a few photos. They also have a monkey. Here is a closeup of the little guy.
Tip: I know its hot in Progreso, but avoid the guy who says he has the only air conditioned restaurant in Progresso..You will have to pass him on your walk into town. He had HORRIBLE food and tried so very very hard to overcharge us. He will tell you how great his food is and try to get you in the door with offers of free rot gut tequila..etc. Just RUN.
We did not take any excursions so sorry I cannot offer any help there..These tigers are EXTREMELY rare in the world and no where else would you EVER get to hold one. That's why I did it.
We never got through to talk to somebody at Shoretrips and their prices were really high ($147 vs $55). Shore Excursioneer offered great customer service, so we ended up booking with them the Chichen Itza Mayan Ruins Cruise Excursion from Progreso (S1404)...
Book through the ship for an excursion in Progreso... We wanted to see the town so we didn't book anything but chose to walk through town to the beach instead.. We also took a 10$ Guided tour bus through town that we booked there at the port area that wasn't through the ship.. I wouldn't advise doing that for an actual excursion.... The little tour bus drove us around the ENTIRE town and a surrounding fishing village.. Some parts of the tour down little deserted streets and through trees smelled like something had died lol but I'm guessing it was just trash.. honestly, it didn't seem dangerous at all. I may be naive because the oceanfront homes we drove by Our tour guide said were in the 300k range were like fortresses with watch towers but I really felt like it was safe... The one part of the tour where I felt uncomfortable was when the bus turned onto a HWY to make a u-turn and it had to leave the town for a short distance, that's when I felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time... Other than that it seemed like a nice place that is a shipping port that is trying very hard to turn itself into a destination port, it's not there yet and the people seemed a little desperate as they were selling their items on the street.. We had lunch at a little restaurant across from the beach (very good food!) and while sitting on the patio we had at least 50 street vendors that came up to us trying to sell things. There was still a lot of poverty in the town. I loved how the towns people would wave at us as our bus drove by. So friendly! It wasn't a bad place at all, but it is very REAL, it's not paradise but it's not at all violent cartel ridden city either.. In my opinion, I don't think its a place to fear... If your cruise ship ports there, Just get of the ship and walk around, spend some money and help out their little town.. The food was good and the people seemed really nice.. They need the revenue from those big cruise ships that stop there to survive for sure...