Progreso is a port city in the Yucatan state of Mexico. The port is located on the Gulf of Mexico (Caribbean Sea) in the state's northwestern part, approx 30 min highway drive north of Merida (Yucatan's capital and largest city). Progreso has population around 40,000, ranking it Yucatan's 6th largest town. The surrounding municipality covers an area of 270 km2 (104 ml2) and has total population around 50,000. The municipality also includes Scorpion Reef (with its 5 osles), located to the north, approx 130 km / 81 ml.
The port serves mainly the container shipping, cruise tourism and fishing industries. Progreso is one of the Carbbean's newest cruise ports with capacity to handle the world's largest passenger vessels. The town is also known as a balneario resort destination. Shore excursions in Progreso offer travel to Merida and the Mayan archaeological sites Dzibilchaltun (approx 16 km / 10 ml north Merida), Uxmal (approx 62 km / 39 ml south of Merida) and Chichen Itza (in Tinum Municipality, approx 115 km / 71 ml from Merida).
Progreso is best known for having the world's longest pier (raised in the sea structure supported by piles or pillars). The bridge-looking pier has the staggering length of 6,5 km (4 ml) and was built using reinforced concrete and stainless steel (containing nickel). Its unusual length allows docking of large vessels as the coastal waters of Yucatan are very shallow. Cruise ship passengers are disembarked at the cruise terminal (located at end of the pier), then transported via free shuttle buses (alternatively taxi cabs) to the town.
Originally, the Progreso Pier had length of 2,1 km (1,3 ml). It was constructed in the period 1937-1941. In 1988, 4 km (2,5 ml) were added to increase its vessel handling capacity.
Highlights: Merida, Chichen Itza and Uxmal Mayan Ruins
Progreso cruise terminal
Cruise Terminal Remota was inaugurated in 1989. Within easy walking distance from the pier there is a public beach with bars and restaurants.
One of the most popular shore excursions is the "Progreso Sightseeing Tour". This tourist bus line travels along the entire town, leaving from the outdoor arts and crafts market (where the free bus shuttle drops cruise tourists off). The tour bus service is provided every 10 min.
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Port Progreso cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Progreso, Mexico. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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