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About Progreso

Located on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Progreso provides an entryway to some of the most well-known Mayan historical sites, including Chichen Itza (100 miles away) and Uxmal (71 miles). The region is also famed for its flamingos and there are more than 2,000 smaller and lesser-known Mayan sites here, too. Xcambo is only minutes away and a tour to Dzibilichaltun (16 miles away) includes a visit to a cenote (a watering hole) where you can swim.

Progreso is sometimes double-billed as a port with Merida -- a colonial city about an hour south -- but it is also very much a town in its own right. It began life in 1871 and has continued to grow over the decades, particularly after its 4-mile-long pier (the longest in the country) was installed in 1989.

It is not the bustling port that passengers will see throughout other parts of the Caribbean and Mexico, however. In fact, aside from the throngs of out-of-town vendors that converge when a cruise ship is in port once or twice a week, it can be pretty sleepy. And that's part of its charm. Progreso feels less touristy and more authentic than Cozumel, for example.

The city center of Progreso is about 5 miles long by 10 blocks and encompasses the malecon ocean promenade. The town also has its own mercado (market), which is where locals shop for fresh produce as well as snacks. You'll find pop-up food stalls in this market dishing up everything from tacos to burritos to enchiladas; for a cheap, authentic taste of Progreso, this is where to come.

And Progreso has a great, easy-to-reach beach -- a vast, clean, stretch of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico's so-called Costa Esmeralda. The town's more upmarket restaurants are on the long, beachfront malecon and some eateries spill over onto the sand itself. So, if you fancy lunch while dipping your toes in the ocean, this is the place to be.

The town has a still-active lighthouse called Faro de Puerto Progreso; although the inside isn't accessible, the lighthouse makes a very useful, visible landmark for keeping one's bearings.

A tour of Progreso won't take more than 45 minutes, so after that take your pick between shopping or la playa (the beach) -- or both.


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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Progreso ... see more
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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Progreso
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      Cruising
    • Day 6
      New Orleans
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    Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

    Cons

    Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

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    Carnival Valor Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

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    trevorwinalot
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    GREAT 5 DAY CRUISE TO MEXICO FROM NEW ORLEANS
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Welcome to 1992
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    Mobile
    Visiting:
    Cozumel, Progreso ... see more
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    5 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
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      Mobile
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      Cruising
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      Cozumel
    • Day 4
      Progreso
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    Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

    Cons

    Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers

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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.5
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    Value4.0

    Carnival Fantasy may be the oldest vessel in the Carnival fleet, but it certainly has style, an...

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    colormeelmo
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    An old ship doing its best
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    Sail Date Mar 2020
    20th anniversary - we had a blast and will definitely book on Fantasy again!
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Key West, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve ... see more
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    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (MSC Cruises)
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      Tampa
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      Key West
    • Day 3
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
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      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cozumel
    • Day 6
      Progreso
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    MSC Armonia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night

    Cons

    ** Not much dining variety and what there is, is often lackluster

    Bottom Line

    ** Great for families and anyone looking for wallet-friendly fares

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    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.5

    MSC Armonia has been sailing in the Caribbean for several years, but until recently, it primarily ...

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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Crew was Outstanding!
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    Beware of this cruise line - not for disabled solo traveler
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    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Progreso, Cozumel ... see more
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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Progreso
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      New Orleans
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    Carnival Valor - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    More free than for-fee specialty dining venues

    Cons

    Unusual kids' club location near spa and Serenity deck

    Bottom Line

    Excellent value and fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages

    Reviews

    Carnival Valor Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    If you're looking for a fun, affordable cruise with fewer

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    ccand7
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Can a cruise on the Valor get better than great?
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very, very good cruise. Could've been great...
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    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    Mobile
    Visiting:
    Progreso, Cozumel ... see more
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    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Mobile
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Progreso
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Mobile
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    Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

    Cons

    Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers

    Reviews

    Carnival Fantasy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Carnival Fantasy may be the oldest vessel in the Carnival fleet, but it certainly has style, an...

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    dolphincruiser19
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Fantastic time as a first time cruiser
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Time to Retire
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    Galveston
    Visiting:
    Progreso, Cozumel ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Galveston
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Progreso
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Galveston
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    Carnival Dream - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    All entertainment and most dining is included in the cruise fare

    Cons

    No dedicated sports bar; games are streamed at the casino bar

    Bottom Line

    A ship with a happy vibe, where passengers have fun and crew is friendly

    Reviews

    Carnival Dream Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Even before its January 2017 makeover -- which welcomed Carnival favorites like Guy's Burger Jo...

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    tubacka
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great trip!
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Horrible Service!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Progreso

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Key West, Progreso ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    5 Night Cruise to Progreso Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Progreso
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Tampa
    Ship Details

    MSC Armonia - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    ** Excellent entertainment options and fun that lasts late into the night

    Cons

    ** Not much dining variety and what there is, is often lackluster

    Bottom Line

    ** Great for families and anyone looking