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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

  • Panama and Costa Rica

    Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica 9 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £2147pp Save up to 40% on cruise cost, or no single supplement, PLUS free upgrade!

    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

  • Andean Coast

    Choice of Ships
    Lima 16 Nights Cruise Only from £3933pp Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Transit the legendary Panama Canal, learn about Peru's ancient civilisations and explore Chile's colourful colonial towns on this superb South America expedition cruise with hotel stay in San Jose

  • Jewels of Latin America

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Soleal
    Monkeys in Costa Rica 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4097pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount!

    Explore the highlights of Latin America, including breathtaking Cocos Island, the idyllic Pearl Islands nestled in the Gulf of Panama, and UNESCO-listed Darien National Park in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions. Includes National Geographic Photographer onboard and expert onboard

  • Panama and Central America

    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Viking Sky
    Miami 15 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £4290pp Gratuities Included!

    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

  • Ecuador to Baja California

    Roald Amundsen
    Costa Rica coast 15 Nights Cruise Only from £3192pp No single supplement!
  • National Parks of Central America National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Choice of Ships
    Manuel Antonio National Park 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4453pp
  • An Incan Mayan Journey Via the Panama Canal

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Navigator
    Chan Chan Ruins, Trujillo 16 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £8009pp Special offer prices!
  • Costa Rica to Peru

    Scenic Eclipse
    Costa Rica 13 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £8125pp Save up to £4256 per couple PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!
  • Exotic Panama Canal Crossing

    Regent Seven Seas
    Seven Seas Splendor
    Panama Canal 17 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £8199pp Special offer prices!
  • Caribbean Delights

    Scenic Eclipse
    Nassau 13 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £8595pp Save up to £2652 per couple PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!
  • Wonders of Latin America

    Scenic Eclipse
    Nicaragua 15 Nights Fly Cruise Package from £9795pp Save up to £5806 per couple PLUS free private door-to-door transfers!
  • 13-night Panama Canal Adventure Voyage

    Azamara Pursuit
    Cartagena 13 Nights Cruise Only from £2538pp Save up to 40%!
  • 16-night Colombia, Ecuador & Peru Voyage

    Azamara Quest
    Cartagena 16 Nights Cruise Only from £3676pp Save up to 40%!
  • 21-Day Classic Panama Canal

    Seabourn Cruise Line
    Seabourn Odyssey
    Cabo San Lucas 21 Nights Cruise Only from £7799pp
  • Costa Rica and Peru

    Roald Amundsen
    Machu Picchu 12 Nights Exclusive £100pp discount!
  • Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu 13 Nights
  • Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands

    Roald Amundsen
    Galapagos Islands 14 Nights Exclusive £100pp discount!
  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

    Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands 15 Nights Exclusive £100pp discount!

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)