My family is going on carnival cruise ship fantasy out of new orleans with ports of call being progresso and cozumel. We have been to cozumel before (not on a cruise) but never to progresso. I was wondering about shore excersions that are worth the money or should we just venture out on our own. If anyone has any info it would be greatly appreciated.
Progresso is discussed often in our Caribbean port section. You should go in there and use the "Find" function and type in Progresso. If that doesn't give you enough information, then feel free to come back and ask some more questions.
The good news is that Progresso is safe (like Cozumel, as you know) and a ship excursion is not required. You can easily do both ports on your own and save some money...if you are comfortable doing that.
Progresso is not my favorite port. The beaches are not what we have come to expect from the "Caribbean".
Unless you are into ruins and history....Progresso is not going to be that exciting. You do get a free bus ride into the Market where there are lots of vendors...if you like shopping.
Of course, as you know Cozumel is great. Taxis to take you anywhere you want to go and fun beaches.
We always go to Paradise Beach because they are a free beach resort...not charging for chairs, tables, umbrellas etc.
We took the Fantasy earlier this month and in Progresso, my daughter and I, got off the pier shuttle at a flea market and shopped for a while, then walked back two blocks to the beach. If you plan to swim, wear your bathing suits, there is no where to change that we could find. The water is beautiful, but peddlers will approach you, some are kids, to sell you their wears. Just be polite and say no, they will go away.
Once my husband and I took the tour with the horse show, local dancers and buffet. It was a nice way to spend the day, if you don't want to shop or go to the beach. Others went to the ruins combined with the horse show, etc. tour.
If you are going on the Fanasy this week, check with Carnival. The Mississippi river has been closed due to a bad oil spill from a barge/ship accident and may not open for the Saturday cruise on July 26. It may relocate to Gulfport, MS, but call Carnival for the real scoop.