Published On: Fri, Oct 9th, 2015

Vendors complain: Progreso cruise passengers get misinformation from tour operators

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PROGRESO — Although on cruise ships, passengers are told that red tide is in progress in order to sell tours to archaeological sites, this actually is a good cruise ship day, said handicrafts vendor, José Alberto Noh Pat, a resident of Caucel City, Merida.

In an interview Wednesday Oct. 7, the vendor reported that he speaks English and in discussions with cruise tourists, they said that representatives of the tour agencies, in order to sell tours, tell passengers there is red tide in Progreso and the beaches and the sea are dirty.

‘That’s why most travel to archaeological sites,” said Noh Pat, who has for 10 years sold necklaces and other crafts along the maledon on cruise ship days.

On Thursday Oct. 1, masseuses Marina Moon, Shirley Manrique and Karina Dzul reported that an instructor for a course they took September 30 at the House of Culture told them that there is negative publicity about Progreso on the cruise ships with passengers told there is much insecurity in order to sell package tours to archaeological zones and Merida.

Beach at Progreso, Yucatan (Photo: Diario de Yucatan)

Beach at Progreso, Yucatan (Photo: Diario de Yucatan)

Noh Pat said that on Tuesday he did not sell anything to the Carnival Elation tourists, who arrived from Cozumel, but yesterday he had good sales with passengers from Carnival Triumph, which arrived from Galveston, Texas.

“Vendors, artisans, restaurateurs and masseurs would do better with the arrival of the cruises,” he said, “if the travel agents on the ships did not do poor promotion of the port, to sell their tours to archaeological sites.”

Eddie Barbosa, of Halacho, in turn, said yesterday he sold 12 hats, each USD $10 ($166 pesos each, and $1,992 pesos for 12) and, instead, on Tuesday only managed to move two ($332 pesos).

When the Carnival Triumph comes straight from Galveston vendors always have good sales, Eddie Barbosa added.

Progreso Dock (Google)

Progreso Dock (Google)

The waiter Roberto Torres said on Tuesday with the arrival of Carnival Elation he only waited on one table with passengers who consumed USD$20 ($332 pesos), and yesterday, with the Triumph, he attended five tables where tourists consumed USD$40 in beer and snacks ($664 pesos per table and $3,320 for the five palapas).

The Carnival Triumph arrived at 8 am and at 5 pm sailed to Cozumel. It will return Monday from Galveston directly, so the providers are in for a good start to the cruise week.

Yesterday, the sea was a bit dirty with kelp strewn by the tides.

Source: Diario de Yucatan



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  1. Tomas says:

    Well not sure about Red Tide but the Gulf (no sea in Progreso) and the beach are dirty in fact a disgrace. The amount of trash on the beach by midday and overwhelming so on the weekend is insane. Progreso in general is a dirty little place but if the locals want tourism they should at least respect public areas if they cannot respect their own homes

  2. Terry says:

    My wife and I were there not long ago and did not find the beach to be dirty at all and the people that we had met were very welcoming and helpful with any questions we had! Mexico does have dirty areas for sure driving on some of the roads there we were surprised at what is in the ditches for garbage, but knowing a few local families some of their houses don’t look the greatest on the outside but inside they are clean and very colorful! I have found some of the locals to be some of the nicest people I have ever met, they don’t have a lot and some of them were so kind they would literally give you the shirt off their back! My wife and I will definitely be back, we love that it’s not americanized like Playa Del Carmen ( If that’s what we were looking for we would go to Miami instead ) Progreso has more of the authentic Mexico so we will definitely spend more time there before it gets too popular and ruined! Merida is also a absolutely beautiful city with a lot of expats!

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