The Carnival Valor cruise ship arrived on Thursday, February 8, at the port’s remote terminal at 7:53 in the morning from Cozumel, which set sail at 4 in the afternoon towards the city of New Orleans, according to information from the Administration of the National Port System (Asipona).
The ship brought 3,178 passengers and 1,144 crew members, with a total of 4,322 visitors on board. However, its arrival divided the opinions of sellers, as well as service providers.
Although 600 passengers from the ship remained in Progreso, not all of them stayed on the beach, because there was a layer of sargassum on the seashore, which made the site look unattractive, so a large majority chose to tour the streets of the municipality.
Due to the above, not all merchants were able to have good sales.
On the other hand, some groups of masseuses, artisans, and vendors of pepita sweets and marzipan were quite the opposite, as they had an active day in terms of economic income.
According to the workers, the day could have been better if the beach was in better condition, but others stated that they understood that nature cannot be controlled.
“It was a regular day. The truth is, I think it would have been better, except that there was the detail that the beach didn’t dawn very well. They (foreign tourists) don’t stay, they don’t like to see the sea like that. Only some sit here (in the palapas), but the rest leave,” said one of the service providers in an interview with the Diario.
On the other hand, in a tour that was taken along the traditional boardwalk, it was observed that some parts are still covered by sand, caused by the north that affected it at the beginning of the week with its strong winds.
However, Public Services personnel continue working in these spaces so that they are ready for the next carnival events.
With the arrival of Carnival Valor, there will be a pause period that will last until next Thursday the 15th, that is, one week. On said date already mentioned, the Carnival Breeze will arrive, which will be the fourth time it does so this year.