I read where the Yucatán NewsMagazine states that Carnivale Cruise Line will be docking again in Progreso in July of this year. It also mentions that its crew of 1,386 have been vaccinated against COVID, but the 3,690 passengers are not required to do so. I suspect most of the passengers are in the high risk older, white-haired age group.
Every disease control group in the world stresses the greatest risk factor for transmission of the virus is large indoor groups, usually larger than 5 or 6, not 5,076, eating in enclosed confines three times a day. The 3,690 high risk passengers will be wandering throughout Progreso and Merida, visiting the cenotes and Mayan ruins mingling with tens of thousands of Mexicans and other visitors.
I understand the economic need for the cruise lines to get back into the business as well as the economic need for Progreso and surroundings to have its return of tourists. BUT the Economic Benefit/COVID Risk cannot be justified, especially since it appears all countries visited do not have the virus under an acceptable degree of control. This decision is a disaster waiting to happen.
As a minimum criteria, all cruise-ships should not be allowed to enter any country unless the entire crew and all the passengers have received complete vaccinations.
White Hairs Madder