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Costa Rica Cruises

Costa Rica Cruises

Discover spectacular wildlife and plants in a natural wonderland of stunning scenery and great biodiversity.

Costa Rica (Rich Coast in Spanish) is one of the world’s major wildlife habitats, with over 25% of the country in protected areas and National Parks. Costa Rica has 6% of the world’s biodiversity, and is home to some of the most colourful flowers and wildlife with an amazing range of insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.

Cruise Collection 2020/ 2021/ 2022

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  • Panama and Costa Rica

    Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica 9 Nights Fly Cruise from £2229pp Save 20% on cruise cost! UK - Flamenco Marina (Panama), Pearl Islands, Punta Patino - Darrien, Restingue Island - Cebaco Island, Golfito (Costa Rica), Quepos - Playa Biesanz, Puerto Caldera - UK

    A unique 9-night holiday to the natural beauty and wildlife of Costa Rica and Panama, with return flights from the UK and overseas transfers. Some dates include a transit of the Panama Canal

  • Panama and Central America

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Sky
    Miami 15 Nights Fly Cruise from £4290pp Risk-Free Guarantee! UK - Miami (USA), Key West, Cozumel (Mexico), Belize (Belize), Roatan (Honduras), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Colon (Panama), Panama Canal, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Miami (USA) - UK

    This exciting 14-night cruise traces the coast of Central America, from the fascinating culture of Belize’s Mayan civilization to the stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica and the impressive Panama Canal. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

  • National Parks of Central America National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Manuel Antonio National Park 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4453pp Exclusive savings of up to 30%! Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Curu Wildlife Refuge (Costa Rica) - Tortuga Island, Manuel Antonio National Park, Cocos Island, Cebaco Island (Panama), Pacheca Island - Fuerte Amador, Darrien National Park - Jacque, Utria National Natural Park (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador)

    This unique luxury expedition cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions explores Central America, taking in an incredible five countries and an array of stunning national parks, teeming with wildlife. Includes thrilling Zodiac outings with experienced naturalist guides

  • Pacific Coasts of Central America

    Roald Amundsen
    Costa Rica 8 Nights Cruise Only from £2301pp Early Booking Offer - Flights Included! Guayaquil (Ecuador), Guayaquil (Ecuador)), Puerto Bolivar, Manta, Cebaco Island (Panama), Golfito (Costa Rica), Quepos, Puntarenas
  • From Costa Rica to the Baja California

    Roald Amundsen
    Costa Rica 14 Nights Cruise Only from £2878pp Flights from London Included! San Jose (Costa Rica), Puntarenas, San Juan del Sur, Puerto Corinto, Acajutla, Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego
  • Tropical Rainforests and Panama Canal - National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Dumont dUrville
    Sloth in Costa Rica 7 Nights Cruise Only from £3230pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Colon, San Blas Islands, Panama Canal Crossing, Playa Muerto, Manuel Antonio National Park, Curu Wildlife Refuge - Tortuga Island, Puerto Caldera
  • 16-night Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Cartagena 16 Nights Cruise Only from £3676pp Complimentary Two-Cabin Upgrade on Selected 2021 Azamara Cruises! Miami, Florida, Key West, Florida, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Puerto Limón, Cartagena, Cruising by Manta, Ecuador, Guayaquil, Trujillo, Callao
  • Andean Coast

    Choice of Ships
    Lima 16 Nights Cruise Only from £3933pp Book with Confidence! San Jose (Costa Rica), San Jose - Puerto Limon, Bocas del Toro (Panama), Panama Canal, Crossing the Equator, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Callao, Paracas, Arica (Chile), La Serena, Valparaíso
  • Expedition Panama Canal and South America

    Hapag Lloyd
    Hanseatic Inspiration
    Spider Money 14 Nights Cruise Only from £7319pp Save 5% PLUS our exclusive £100pp Discount! Colon (Panama), Colon - Panama Canal, Gulf of San Miguel, Utria National Park (Colombia), Isla Lobos de Tierra - Islas Guanape (peru), Callao, Paracas, Puerto Caldera - Coquimbo (Chile), Valparaiso
  • 21-Day Classic Panama Canal

    Seabourn Cruise Line
    Seabourn Odyssey
    Cabo San Lucas 21 Nights Cruise Only from £7799pp Miami, Florida, Key West, Florida, Santa Marta, Cartagena, Fuerte Amador, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco (Santa María Huatulco), Cabo San Lucas, Los Angeles, California

About Costa Rica Cruises

Facing the Caribbean Sea on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, Costa Rica’s long coastlines have some of the world’s best beaches. Snorkelling or scuba diving reveals a marine life matching the diversity of the rainforests behind.

Dividing the Caribbean from the Pacific the central mountain ranges contain cloud forests and even volcanoes. In the Pacific north west are large areas of dry rainforest running down to the sea and further south are tropical beaches with secluded coves fringed by palm trees.

The central Pacific has major ports at Puntarenas and Puerto Caldera, about 2 hours from the capital San Jose. South of the town of Quepos is the Manuel Antonio National Park. Its beautiful beaches surrounded by lush wet rainforest, the park’s trails offer sightings of white-faced monkeys, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas and many bird species, as well as the Costa Rican squirrel monkey only found here.

Further south is Bahia Drake, named after the famous English sailor who landed there. Nearby is the Corcovado National Park, a unique ecosystem and the last virgin natural area in Central America. Its marshes, mangroves, rivers, humid forest and low-altitude cloud forest are world-renowned for their biodiversity.

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a more laid-back area. A major attraction is the Tortuguero National Park, an extensive floodplain of rivers and canals explored by boat or canoe. There are nesting grounds of leatherback turtles, and monkeys, reptiles and rare frogs can be seen. This area can be reached from the port of Limon.

A number of cruises to Costa Rica include a crossing from Caribbean to Pacific through the Panama Canal. Cargo and cruise ships are pulled through its huge locks by rail tugs. The country of Panama also has rainforests and eco-attractions.

Costa Rica is a stable democratic country, with no army for 60 years. Its wildlife, beaches and local culture make it a fascinating place to visit. Where else can you hear howler monkeys in the forests, snorkel amongst exotic fish, see such a variety of colourful birds and spot some of the world’s most exotic wildlife!

Tortuga Island Fabulous flowers Monkey

Costa Rica Highlights

Puerto Limon

Puerto Limon has open-air markets, interesting buildings and a strong Afro-Caribbean culture, and beyond the city is the popular surfing beach of Playa Bonita. The key attraction of Puerto Limon is as the gateway to Tortuguero and Cahuita National Parks. Tortuguero National Park is an important nesting site for leatherback, hawksbill and loggerhead turtles and Cahuita protects a coral reef and a large bird population.


Puntarenas is the Central Pacific's largest city and the gateway to a multitude of forest habitats and tropical landscapes. Close by is the cloud forest area surrounding La Paz Waterfalls, the wildlife-rich Tarcoles River, white-sand coastline and National Parks. There is a Scarlet Macaw Sanctuary in Puntarenas.

Puntarenas (Costa Rica)