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HunterBarb's Port Reviews of Progreso, Cozumel
Carnival Elation cruise in September 2012
Member Name: HunterBarb
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: New Orleans
Destination: Western Caribbean
Member Review: HunterBarb's Carnival Elation Review
Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Our shore excursion in Progreso was to the Mayan Ruins of UXMAL ! Wow is just a start of things to say ! You will be totally AWED by this site - thousands of years old, and all built without METAL tools ! Incredible! Our guides, Alejandro and Umberto, both were quite fluent in English - and MAYAN ! they ARE Mayan ! Both knew the history of UXMAL inside & out and shared well with us. The cruise sponsored tour was on a nicely air conditioned bus with a bathroom, which I didn't use. The visitor center at UXMAL had VERY clean restrooms, and loads of shopping areas, a couple even air conditioned.

The walking tour of this great site was not bad, but the climbing part is not for the weak of leg or breath. I climbed the "great pyramid" and it was pretty tough - and coming DOWN - not for the Weak of HEART ! No RAILS !!

The shops at UXMAL are pretty nice, and the peddlers outside the "Park" buildings are very reasonable and not overly aggressive.

The ride back was comfortable, with the air conditioning well appreciated. We did have a "lunch" provided - a very plain ham sandwich and a bottle of water. Nothing to write home about!

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Port Rating: Not Rated
We wandered through the port shops for a bit, then found a taxi to Ocean Beach bar, which promised to be "free" - the taxi ride in a van was only $13, I tipped $2. The Ocean beach bar, is just a small stretch of beach, with a restaurant and bar, which the waiters mention - they say - you can use our Tables, our Umbrellas and beach Chairs - we ONLY ask that you buy a drink or some food. Well - Drinks were $10! we got a couple. Our server guy, Freddie, also offered the "All Inclusive" deal for only $60 - all your drinks and some food - I said TOO Much - he came down to $50 -still I didn't take it, so he quit. We were almost constantly assailed by Peddlers, selling everything from jewelry to shots of tequila with an X-Rated Photo in the shot glass !!! did SO not buy THAT !! We bought a couple of beach t-shirt cover-ups, talking the guy down a couple of dollars. The beach and water were very pleasant, slightly crowded, but not totally. I later found out that had we gone to "Mr Sancho's" just up the beach, we could have had "All Inclusive" For under $20 !! Remember that one!

Our taxi ride back, we shared with another couple folks from our ship. No problem until my friend noticed she had left her smart phone IN the TAXI which was LONG gone! After much waiting and looking at drivers, the security people finally got hold of OUR driver, and he HAD the phone, and delivered it back ! Miraculous work by the Taxi security and drivers ! we did NOT miss the boat !

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