Malecon Beach with tanning chairs and tiki huts lined up along the shore in Yucatan, Mexico

Cruise to Yucatan (Progreso), Mexico

With its laid-back beach-town vibe and one of the world’s longest piers, Progreso is the gateway to adventure on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Malecón Beach is a hub for sun seekers looking to lounge (or party) on long stretches of sand. And the fishing villages of Chelem and Chuburna are both prime spots for kayaking through mangrove estuaries. Explore shipwrecks at Alacranes Reef and swim with sea turtles in the clear waters off Perez Island. Or travel inland to stroll around Merida’s bustling old world squares. Yucatan cruises offer access to a treasure trove of Mayan archaeological sites digging deep into Mexico’s fascinating ancient past.
National Language Spanish
Currency Accepted Mexican Peso (MXN), U.S. Dollar (USD)

Things To Do in Yucatan (Progreso)

Merida, known as the White City, has beautiful spanish architecture

Yucatan, Mexico Merida Spanish Architecture

The White City

The White City

The town of Merida is known for its colonial charm, boutiques, bazaars, luxury inns and lively café scene. Nicknamed “The White City” for its pearl-white Spanish architecture, this is where you can explore Plaza Grande, peek in art galleries, admire Paseo de Montejo’s sculptures, and peruse the region’s best museums during your Yucatan cruise.

View of ancient mayan ruins called Chicne Itza in Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico Preserved Mayan Ruins Chicne Itza

Preserved With Perfection

Preserved With Perfection

Unlock ancient Mayan mysteries while combing the crumbling ruins of Chichén Itzá. Admire Puuc-style palaces, grand temples, the Great Ball Court, and sky-high El Castillo pyramid on a tour of one of the most stunning and well-preserved Mayan sites on the planet.

Underground sinkholes caves called cenotes that you can swim in in Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico Deep Cenote Underground Sinkholes

Deep Discovery

Jump feet-first into the sparkling turquoise waters of a cenote. These magical underground sinkholes nestled in the Yucatecan jungle were once considered sacred by the Maya. Today you can jump right in for a swim or cave diving, with some even offering restaurants and spa amenities.

Pork tacos is a classic cuisine in Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico Local Cuisine Pork Tacos

Local Cuisine

Many Mexican dishes feature chile peppers, which can be pickled, smoked, stuffed or stewed. Restaurants lining Calle 19 serve fresh seafood dishes and Yucatecan tamales, which are typically filled with chicken and cooked in underground ovens. Cochinita pibil (pork in savory achiote sauce) is a local signature, as is xtabentúm, a honey-anisette liqueur and sacred Mayan ceremonial drink.

Local artisans sell handmade jewelry, woven blankets, onyx carvings and replicas of Mayan artifacts in Yucatan, Mexico

Yucatan, Mexico Shopping Handcrafted Artifacts Carvings


A collection of souvenir shops are located right at the cruise terminal. At the Progreso Crafts Market local artisans sell handmade jewelry, woven blankets, onyx carvings and replicas of Mayan artifacts. Hit the farmer’s market for fresh tropical fruit — or head to Merida’s market district for locally made goods.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Be sure to double check your restaurant bill, as some include gratuity and tax. If not, a 10-15% tip is typical for waiters, depending on service satisfaction.
2 Tap water in Mexico is generally not potable — it’s safest to drink purified bottled water.q

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