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+44 1756 706500

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.

  • Costa Rica
  • Scarlet Macaws
  • Green Frog

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020 / 2021

  • Panama and Costa Rica

    9 Nights - Panama to Puerto Caldera

    Panorama Choice of Ships

    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 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar Save 20% on cruise cost on 2020 departures!

    Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica Fly Cruise Package
    From £2147pp
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  • Ecuador to Baja California

    15 Nights - Guayaquil to La Paz

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Explore the tropical landscapes, remote islands and amazing wildlife of six unique countries on this Central America expedition cruise from Ecuador to Mexico, accompanied by an experienced Expedition Team 2020 - Apr Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Costa Rica coast Cruise Only
    From £3192pp
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  • Andean Coast

    16 Nights - San Jose to Valparaiso

    Fram Choice of Ships

    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 2020 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Lima Cruise Only
    From £3933pp
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  • Inca Mysteries and Machu Picchu

    13 Nights - San Jose to Lima

    Fram Fram

    Uncover the lost world of the Incas at Machu Picchu, transit the iconic Panama Canal and visit Ecuador's beautiful beaches on this superb expedition voyage. Includes hotel stays in San Jose, Lima and the Sacred Valley and return flights between Lima and Cusco 2019 - Oct No single supplement!

    Machu Picchu Cruise Only
    From £4128pp
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  • Costa Rica and Peru

    12 Nights - Punta Arenas to Lima

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Explore the mysterious Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, and discover the tropical beaches, exotic rainforests and historic cities of Costa Rica and Peru on this unique expedition voyage. Includes post-cruise hotel stays in Lima and the Sacred Valley and return flights between Lima and Cusco 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Machu Picchu Cruise Only
    From £4152pp
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  • Jewels of Latin America

    13 Nights - Puerto Quetzal to Guayaquil

    Le Soleal Le Soleal

    Join luxury expedition ship Le Soleal for this unique cruise to 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 with its abundance of flora and fauna. Includes thrilling Zodiac landings accompanied by experienced naturalist guides 2019 - Sep Receive €800pp flight credit!

    Monkeys in Costa Rica Cruise Only
    From £4392pp
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  • Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands

    14 Nights - Puntarenas to Guayaquil

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    This spectacular Hurtigruten cruise expedition begins in lush Costa Rica and journeys along the coast of South America to fascinating Peru and the Galapagos Islands; one of the world’s most remarkable destinations. Including hotel stays in Quito and Santa Cruz with two days touring the Galapagos Islands 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Galapagos Islands Cruise Only
    From £4496pp
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  • Panama and Central America

    14 Nights - Miami and Back

    Viking Sky Viking Sky

    This exciting 14-night cruise traces the coast of Central America, from the sandy beaches of the Caribbean to the fascinating culture of Belize’s Mayan civilization, the stunning natural beauty of Costa Rica and the impressive Panama Canal. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions 2019 - Dec 2020 - Dec 2021 - Jan Save up to £500pp PLUS free gratuities!

    Miami Fly Cruise Package
    From £4590pp
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  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

    15 Nights - San Jose to Guayaquil

    Fram Fram

    An exciting expedition voyage exploring some of South America's most intriguing archaeological sites, uncovering pristine beaches in Costa Rica, transiting the Panama Canal and discovering the Galapagos Islands; one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Includes pre and post-cruise overnight hotel stays in Quito, Santa Cruz Island and San José, with two days exploring the Galapagos Islands 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands Cruise Only
    From £4937pp
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  • Exotic Panama Canal Crossing

    17 Nights - Miami to San Diego

    Seven Seas Splendor Seven Seas Splendor

    Transit the Panama Canal on this 17-night luxury all-inclusive cruise holiday from Miami to Los Angeles, visiting Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Puntarenas in Costa Rica and Cartagena in Colombia. Includes return flights from the UK and unlimited shore excursions 2020 - Feb Special offer prices!

    Panama Canal Fly Cruise Package
    From £7449pp
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  • An Incan Mayan Journey Via the Panama Canal

    16 Nights - Lima (Peru) to Miami (Florida)

    Seven Seas Navigator Seven Seas Navigator

    Discover the highlights of South America’s spectacular west coast, transit the iconic Panama Canal and explore some of the Caribbean’s less-visited, idyllic destinations on this 16-night all-inclusive luxury cruise. Includes return flights from the UK and a wide choice of excursions. 2020 - Apr Special offer prices!

    Chan Chan Ruins, Trujillo Fly Cruise Package
    From £7649pp
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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!

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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)