On Thursday, November 23rd, the third cruise day of November, was one of the busiest, but some local merchants regretted that so few tourists stay in Progreso, since most purchase packages to visit other tourist destinations in Yucatan.
They indicated that lately, a few foreign, national, and even local visitors come to the boardwalk. The Thursday cruise was lively, as nearly 800 American passengers enjoyed the sunny beach of the boardwalk and purchased products and services. Masseuses, Palaperos, and restaurants benefited the most from boat tourists.
Those who stayed on the beach swam in the sea, which was calm and clean, or paid to ride aboard the banana boats in front of the boardwalk.
Groups of tourists occupied palapas and umbrellas on the beach, where they enjoyed seafood and drinks. Many of them consumed coconut water and beer. Likewise, passengers from the cruise ship sunbathed in the lounge chairs or towels that were spread on the sand.
In turn, street vendors offered them jewelry, glasses, crafts, and fruit, but they only managed to make a few sales.
The Administration of the National Port System (Asipona) reported that coming from Cozumel and with 5,968 people (4,599 passengers and 1,369 crew), the “Carnival Breeze” arrived yesterday at 8:30 a.m. and set sail at 5 p.m. to Galveston, Texas.
Thus, the fear of tourism workers that the cruise ship arrival would be canceled due to cold front 11, which has extended with stationary characteristics over the Yucatan Peninsula and the southeast of the country, was averted.
In Progreso, its effects were only felt for a few hours last Wednesday, but the days have been sunny. The next and last cruise of November is scheduled for Thursday the 30th, the “Carnival Valor”. For December there are eight cruise arrivals scheduled on the official calendar. On Thursday, December 7th Progreso expects the “Carnival Breeze”.