I just got word from my travel agent today that the Progreso port which was one of the stops on the honeymoon cruise my fiancee and I planned for August has been canceled. Apparently Carnival says that people wanted to stay longer in Cozumel so to keep their customers happy they would extend the stays in Cozumel beginning this week and eliminate Progreso. Now I know that cruise lines have the right to change the itinerary - but does their reason sound a little fishy to anyone else? I was looking forward to Progreso as I wanted to visit the ruins, but I will adjust. It just seems that Carnival may not be being really honest about why the change. Anyone know anything more or am I just being paranoid?
We took the Carnival Glory on that itinery and to be honest Progresso was ugly and there was not much there. It showed the how the natives lived but other than that it just wasn't much. I wish OUR trip had had longer in Cozumel!!! There are so many great excursions from that port. Don't worry you'll be happy with staying longer once you get there.
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Interestingly I have clients who are going to be on the Glory and had to inform them of the schedule change. I thought it was interesting also, but from all I have heard - Progreso is such an unpopular port stop - they made a decision that is in the best interest of the passengers.
I wish they had cancelled the Progresso stop a few months earlier! The ONLY reasons for a cruise stop at Progresso are related to Mexican politics and a desire to extract a few more dollars from cruise passengers. There has never been a place more accurately described as a "tourist trap."
If you really want to visit the ruins, you can do so from Playa or Cozumel. Consider yourself lucky that they made the change!
I've sailed on the "Glory" and the main reason for the stop at progresso is to visit Chichen Itza. The ruins there are spectacular and it is well worth the trip. It's much more spectacular than Tulum. However since only about 300 people per cruise take this excursion, that leaves 2500 at the end of a 4 mile long pier with nothing to do except visit a few tacky gift shops. (actually there are other excursions too.) I am planning a large group trip on the Glory Dec. 3. This is with Battlestar Galactica's Richard Hatch. Carnival's cancellation came as a big shock to us since the Chichen Itza trip was promoted as the highlite of our trip. They still have no explanation for the cancellation.