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Progreso Cruise Terminal

Welcome Statue at Progreso Waterfront

Famous 6-mile Pier

Progreso Lighthouse

We docked in Progreso about 9 o'clock. We had a really leisurely breakfast since we didn't plan to do any of the tours in Progreso. We had been here before in the spring when we did the RV tour of the Yucatan.

We did get off the ship and took the bus to town. The ship actually docks out quite a distance and the shuttle buses transport the passengers over the long, 6-mile pier. It was very warm but we walked around the sleepy town and enjoyed looking at all the hawker stands set up in the little town market.

A long walk along the beachfront wore us out so we headed back to the ship. Progreso is about 30 miles from Merida, the state capital of Yucatan, so it's a great gateway for guests interested in touring this great historic and cultural center of Mexico's Yucatan. Tours were also available to Chichen-Itza (the kids pronounce this "Chicken Pizza") and Uxmal. We had visited both of these Mayan ruins last spring so we passed on those tours too.

Back at the ship, we enjoyed lunch and the quiet atmosphere onboard. When the ship is in port, the ship's shops and casino are closed but it was a great time to catch up on email, browse the photograph galleries, and jog on the deck.

We had company tonight for dinner, a great couple from Houston joined us at our table. They had wanted early seating too and had been having late dinner in the other dining room. Tonight's entertainment starred the "Amazing Juggling Artistry of Manuel Zuniga".

All the discos were going full swing with everything from rock n' roll to jazz, big band, and easy listening.

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