Let me just say that you absolutely can't beat Carnival for value. This was our 2nd cruise with them and the service and entertainment was consistently excellent. I could not have found a better or more fun vacation for the price anywhere. The staff is friendly and by the second day knows your name and what you like to drink. The ship is meticulously clean and the food was very good. While there were no specialty restaurants, there was plenty of variety. I believe this is the only line that goes to Progreso Mexico, which is a stop worth making. Progreso is a small town of very warm and humble people that are anxious to serve visitors. The prices are much lower than Cozumel so if this is your second stop, you may want to wait for some of your souvenirs. In addition, this stop has an excursion through Carnival to see the ruins at Dzibilchaltun that is a 30 min. or so bus ride from the port. If you don't want to spend your entire day in port on a bus, this is the excursion for you. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and fun.
I want to point out that the Captain is a VERY nice guy and held the boat 35 min. past sailing for 3 passengers that were late arriving back. Youtube is full of videos of other cruise lines leaving late passengers- which you can imagine was probably a very costly and inconvenient mistake! While I don't recommend tardiness, I am comforted by the gracious attitude of the Captain and crew and am a tad less fearful of leaving the ship in a strange port.
Would I take this cruise again? Absolutely! This is an inexpensive get-away packed with fun, food and relaxation.
Cabin 1059 (8N) panorama deck starboard side was a good choice. We were close to the elevators and convenient to the pool, casino and some restaurants. We experienced no noise from deck chairs or elevators. I liked the starboard side as it was facing the docks offering a chance to people watch and wave to the ship across from us. The drawback to this room was NO FRIG, but Johnathan our cabin steward kept the ice bucket filled. There was plenty of drawer and closet space as well as an adequate balcony (not a big as an aft extended one- but big enough to enjoy it).
While not a built up and commercial as Cozumel, this was our favorite stop. I can't stress enough how warm, friendly and humble the people were. This was once one of the wealthiest per capita areas of Mexico until the advent of synthetic fibers all but put their hemp businesses out of commission. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this town is turning towards the tourist trade for sustenance. It is a very safe port and has almost no crime (unlike other areas of Mexico) and is within driving distance to several Mayan ruins- Dzibilchaltun being only about a 30 min. bus ride away. The prices are considerably less than Cozumel, some articles were as much as 1/3 of the price for the same item in the larger tourist area of Cozumel.
We took the Dzibitchaltun excursion which we purchased through Carnival. This exceeded our expectations. Our guide Cesar Sautos, our driver Sergio and lecturer Chapato were wonderful. We had plenty of time at the ruins because we didn't have to spend all day in a bus getting there. Chapato speaks fluent Mayan, Spanish and English and has a doctorate in Mayan studies. He took time to explain the much talked about prophesy of 2012 as well as the history of the people and their customs.
This is one of the few ruins that you can thoroughly explore and climb! You can even swim in the crystal clear waters of the Cenote. This made the tour so much better than just gazing at the ruins from afar. I highly recommend it as it is suitable for all ages, very educational, interesting and above all- FUN.