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My wife and I are cruising to Progreso over Christmas on The Dream. We are not really "hang out at the beach" kind of people. What excursion for Progreso would you recommend? We are interested in the ruins, but less interested in a 2 hour bus ride...

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4 minutes ago, Bookster99 said:

We are interested in the ruins, but less interested in a 2 hour bus ride...

This is why we haven’t been to the ruins...

I can’t help you here but following for our December trip

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4 minutes ago, Bookster99 said:

We are looking at that one. They have an excursion that includes lunch and a little city visit.

 

Check out autoprogreso's website. They are the company that provides free shuttles from the pier into town. They are going to be cheaper than carnival and they have a couple of options for Dzbilchaltun. One that just takes you to the ruins and another where you visit Meridia as well. It's a 45 minute ride to Meridia. Dzbilchaltun is less...like 30 minutes. But you're on the right track if you want to avoid a long bus ride...Dzibilchaltun is a lot closer than Uxmal and Chichen Itza.

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3 minutes ago, Saint Greg said:

 

Check out autoprogreso's website. They are the company that provides free shuttles from the pier into town. They are going to be cheaper than carnival and they have a couple of options for Dzbilchaltun. One that just takes you to the ruins and another where you visit Meridia as well. It's a 45 minute ride to Meridia. Dzbilchaltun is less...like 30 minutes. But you're on the right track if you want to avoid a long bus ride...Dzibilchaltun is a lot closer than Uxmal and Chichen Itza.

Thanks for the tip! I'll check that out!

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Pregreso is a quaint, rustic kind of town. It has some nicer and some pretty rough areas. I wouldn't mind exploring on my own, but my wife would think it's not a safe place to explore. Like you the ruins were to far to transit to. Half the day is taken up on a bus. So we decided to do an all inclusive day at the Hotel Reef Yucatan. It's a beautiful all inclusive resort about 30-40 minutes from the pier. We had a great time. The food was tasty, and the drinks were great. And we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Here's a few pics I took on July 31 last summer of our all inclusive day:

 

It was a toss up between this or taking a tour of historic Colonial Merida, the State Capitol of Yucatan state. It sounded really interesting. And both are offered on Carnival's Shore Excursions. 

 

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1 minute ago, Joe817 said:

Pregreso is a quaint, rustic kind of town. It has some nicer and some pretty rough areas. I wouldn't mind exploring on my own, but my wife would think it's not a safe place to explore. Like you the ruins were to far to transit to. Half the day is taken up on a bus. So we decided to do an all inclusive day at the Hotel Reef Yucatan. It's a beautiful all inclusive resort about 30-40 minutes from the pier. We had a great time. The food was tasty, and the drinks were great. And we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Here's a few pics I took on July 31 last summer of our all inclusive day:

 

It was a toss up between this or taking a tour of historic Colonial Merida, the State Capitol of Yucatan state. It sounded really interesting. And both are offered on Carnival's Shore Excursions. 

 

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Thanks for the pictures! The historic tour interests me. I will check that out with the wife. 

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10 minutes ago, Bookster99 said:

Thanks for the pictures! The historic tour interests me. I will check that out with the wife. 

Most welcome! I have 5 or 6 more if you need nudging. LOL.  Just lemme know. 

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32 minutes ago, 1025cruise said:

Have you checked the ports of call board?

Aarrrgggghhh! I keep forgetting about that. Good idea!

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Before they move this to the posts- one of the best excursions we have done on a Western Caribbean cruise was the Uxmal and Hacienda out of Progresso.  A lot of folks don't like Progresso because once in town, you are in Mexico, not the tourist Mexico.

We did this excursion in January, the second best was Chichen Itza, and after that was the Xcambo, salt flats, flamingoes and beach time.  We have been three times, and loved every excursion we have done in this port. We have two more cruises booked for this port-enjoy- don't just go to town-choose something-however, if you are there in the summer-it will be hot! 

 

I would not worry about a bus ride-how else are you going to see the country?  Nap on the way back.:classic_rolleyes:

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When we ported in Progreso, we stayed local and had a great time.  The shuttle bus drops you off at the central Mercado.  Right there they have double-decker buses that will take you on an informative and interesting tour.  The view from the top is best.

After the tour we wandered the Mercado some, strolled the three blocks to the beach and had a beer, and then we were ready to head back to the ship before the lines built up.

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Progrosso, as we call it -- if you aren't going to do a ruins tour, just stay on the ship and enjoy the emptiness of it.  

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$260 USD you can rent a private sailboat with a captain for the 2 of you to go sailing for the day.

https://www.mahaloboats.com/our-boats

 
Yemaya             $5,000.00 mxn ($260.00 USD)

- Sailboat for max 8 people.

- Includes captain, ice, non-alcoholic beverages, water and snacks.

- 6 hours.

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We did the Mayapan ruins through Carnival and it was only about a 45 min bus ride, that was why we chose it, we did not want to go 2 hours either.  My boys absolutley loved it, it was awesome.  We got to see the ruins and the cenote was beautiful.  We also got to have an authentic lunch which was really good.  Also no worries with being with a Carnival excursion.  

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On 10/24/2019 at 4:40 PM, Joe817 said:

Pregreso is a quaint, rustic kind of town. It has some nicer and some pretty rough areas. I wouldn't mind exploring on my own, but my wife would think it's not a safe place to explore. Like you the ruins were to far to transit to. Half the day is taken up on a bus. So we decided to do an all inclusive day at the Hotel Reef Yucatan. It's a beautiful all inclusive resort about 30-40 minutes from the pier. We had a great time. The food was tasty, and the drinks were great. And we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Here's a few pics I took on July 31 last summer of our all inclusive day:

 

It was a toss up between this or taking a tour of historic Colonial Merida, the State Capitol of Yucatan state. It sounded really interesting. And both are offered on Carnival's Shore Excursions. 

 

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Did you book this thru Carnival or independantly?

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16 minutes ago, grantbob said:

Did you book this thru Carnival or independantly?

We booked it thru Carnival from our home about 3 or 4 weeks before we sailed. It's a really, really nice all inclusive resort. 

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