Yucatán will welcome cruise passengers for the first time in 16 months.
The Carnival cruise ship arrives in Progreso from Galveston, Texas on July 26 with nearly 500 passengers aboard.
“We are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The arrival of this ship will be a trial run of sorts to help us prepare to reactivate this important industry,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.
Progreso welcomed 146 cruises in 2019. The port city had come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to sustain jobs and businesses including restaurants, excursion operators, bars, retail shops, and beach clubs.
To be allowed boarding, all crew members and passengers must provide negative COVID-19 test results taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
Passengers who disembark from the ship will be guided by Carnival staff to ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed.
Restaurant operators and vendors along Progreso’s boardwalk are hoping that at least some of these guided groups will find their way to their businesses.