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Sail Date: December 2010
Great fun being pulled on special carts deep into the rain forest behind a John Deer tractor. Awesome tour guide who truly took the time to share his love and enthusiasm (and his deep knowledge) of this beautiful country and its people. ... Read More
Great fun being pulled on special carts deep into the rain forest behind a John Deer tractor. Awesome tour guide who truly took the time to share his love and enthusiasm (and his deep knowledge) of this beautiful country and its people. Great 'driver' who did not mind jumping off his seat every few minutes to capture poison arrow frogs and other small creatures to show us and allow us to photograph them. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
Limon, Costa Rica We took the Eco-Cruise and Train Ride. The eco-cruise was fabulous---we saw monkeys and a sloth in the wild. The train ride was a little boring. It's rainy and damp in Costa Rica so I was glad I had a raincoat with ... Read More
Limon, Costa Rica We took the Eco-Cruise and Train Ride. The eco-cruise was fabulous---we saw monkeys and a sloth in the wild. The train ride was a little boring. It's rainy and damp in Costa Rica so I was glad I had a raincoat with a hood. We also visited a Del Monte banana plantation. It was well presented and we came out with a deep appreciation for all the work that goes into the production of bananas. There was a busy straw market near the ship's dock, so we were able to purchase some gifts at reasonable prices without having to go too far from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
This port was in Costa Rica. Not really a rich coast at all. Poverty in the city was rampant. However the port lead me to the rain forrest with a first class echo tourism experience. This was our most pricey shore excursion but worth every ... Read More
This port was in Costa Rica. Not really a rich coast at all. Poverty in the city was rampant. However the port lead me to the rain forrest with a first class echo tourism experience. This was our most pricey shore excursion but worth every penny of it! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
Maybe all the rain dampened my spirits just a little, but our zip line tour was a lot of fun. Did a private tour through Oscar Brown that was set up on our roll call. For anyone who has never zip lined, this is your chance to do it. The ... Read More
Maybe all the rain dampened my spirits just a little, but our zip line tour was a lot of fun. Did a private tour through Oscar Brown that was set up on our roll call. For anyone who has never zip lined, this is your chance to do it. The tour includes 12 lines. The shops in the terminal didn't offer too much. All the Cuban cigars are fakes. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
Taxis from the ship to the end of the pier very expensive for a 2 minute ride. It is not a long walk so walk if you can. The streets near the port are not clean & have unsavory looking characters hanging around so be careful. As we had ... Read More
Taxis from the ship to the end of the pier very expensive for a 2 minute ride. It is not a long walk so walk if you can. The streets near the port are not clean & have unsavory looking characters hanging around so be careful. As we had wandered several blocks from the Port, we hailed a cab to take us back & for $10 US Dollars he took us for a ride around the outskirts of the City before returning us directly in front of the gangway to the Ship. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2010
It rained cats & dogs that day so we did not leave the Ship. I had been there before so did not care. However, there are some very nice little shops right at the port which is very picturesque
It rained cats & dogs that day so we did not leave the Ship. I had been there before so did not care. However, there are some very nice little shops right at the port which is very picturesque Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2010
The port itself is gritty and I don't think anyone would want to walk around town. We opted for a natural history tour organized by our tour director. Costa Rica is beautiful and there seems to be a concerted effort to keep everything ... Read More
The port itself is gritty and I don't think anyone would want to walk around town. We opted for a natural history tour organized by our tour director. Costa Rica is beautiful and there seems to be a concerted effort to keep everything as clean and natural as possible. The tour included a boat ride down a river (maybe a large canal) where we saw sloths, monkeys and quite a few species of birds. We then continued on to a rain forest tour on a tractor-pulled covered wagon. We stopped many times along the way and the guide picked up spiders and (very carefully) poisonous frogs and brought them over to the wagon so that we could take pictures. This was a very nice tour, but I would suggest mosquito repellent, because whenever we stopped, the bugs found the wagon. Fortunately we had sprayed ourselves with Off. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2010
We toured a banana plantation, did a river-boat ride, and toured quite a bit of country. Beautiful place, but poor. Port shopping was better than I expected. Trust the locals there, if you can speak a bit of Spanish. I was impressed. All ... Read More
We toured a banana plantation, did a river-boat ride, and toured quite a bit of country. Beautiful place, but poor. Port shopping was better than I expected. Trust the locals there, if you can speak a bit of Spanish. I was impressed. All took time to speak with me in their native tongue as we shopped. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2010
We took a tour with "Your Lucky Tour" - saw rainforest, canals, beach, zipline area (though we didn't do the zipline). Price was about half what the ship was charging and we had a good time. Overall though, I don't ... Read More
We took a tour with "Your Lucky Tour" - saw rainforest, canals, beach, zipline area (though we didn't do the zipline). Price was about half what the ship was charging and we had a good time. Overall though, I don't think Puerto Limon has that much to offer. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
We took this tour because we wanted to see the Panama Canal up close. We went in a SMALL van, 2 can hardly fit on a seat, drove through the rain forest, went to a ruined fort, then on to the canal. The canal was fantastic and should be a ... Read More
We took this tour because we wanted to see the Panama Canal up close. We went in a SMALL van, 2 can hardly fit on a seat, drove through the rain forest, went to a ruined fort, then on to the canal. The canal was fantastic and should be a must to anyone visiting Panama. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Well, the ship docked first at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and I guess there was some kind of labor strike so some of the Shore Excursion company buses were behind scheduled because the port people wouldn't let them into the dock area to ... Read More
Well, the ship docked first at Puerto Limon, Costa Rica and I guess there was some kind of labor strike so some of the Shore Excursion company buses were behind scheduled because the port people wouldn't let them into the dock area to pick up the cruise guests. This was no big deal, this delayed us around 10 minutes. After that got straightned out we boarded a bus that took us to this amazing rainforest. We took an Aerial Tram through the thick rainforest and got to see what it's like to be in the trees. It was very cool. Lunch was provided which was nice. And authentic Costa Rican coffee was complimentary. Awesome. The only downside was that the bus had to maneuver through some streets that needed to be re-paved. So the bus ride was a bit bumpy. It's kind of worth it though. When in your life can you actually get to see a real, genuine rainforest. Not only see it, but be in the rainforest. We saw a cool waterfall. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We booked the Bus, Boat and Train Experience in Costa Rica. We arrived at the dock at Puerto Limon. This port is an industrial port. There is a small shopping area at the port. We meet our tour bus at the end of the pier. Wendi was our ... Read More
We booked the Bus, Boat and Train Experience in Costa Rica. We arrived at the dock at Puerto Limon. This port is an industrial port. There is a small shopping area at the port. We meet our tour bus at the end of the pier. Wendi was our tour guide for this excursion. As a Costa Rican native she was able to share some of the history of the country. Our first stop was the Del Monte banana plantation and processing plant. We learned the processes for growing the bananas and how they get processed to show up in our local grocery stores. Our next stop on the tour was boat ride on the Tortuguero Canals. We saw crocodiles, jesus lizards, sloths and howler monkeys. After the board ride we were given a snack break that featured coffee, fresh fruit, and juice. Our last stop was to board an old train for a ride through the rainforest. They have spotters who would signal when they saw monkey or other wildlife so that the train would stop and we could get off to take pictures. It was a great way to get a small taste of Costa Rica. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
In Limon, we were supposed to take the snorkeling/beach tour with Oscar Brown. Unfortunately, the weather was unsettled so we couldn't. Instead we took a grand tour of Costa Rica. Our tour started well, with interesting visits to a ... Read More
In Limon, we were supposed to take the snorkeling/beach tour with Oscar Brown. Unfortunately, the weather was unsettled so we couldn't. Instead we took a grand tour of Costa Rica. Our tour started well, with interesting visits to a local farm and the Del Monte banana operations. That was all great. The trip up the Tortuguero Canal didn't go so well because it started to pour. Unfortunately, after that our guide, Katherine, insisted that we make every stop on the tour, even though we were going to be late for our ship. We ended up arriving in port at 2:35, 5 minutes late. Fortunately, we had no problems getting back on the ship as there were lots of stragglers. Still, I was quite stressed and would not recommend them. A big DISLIKE for them. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
We did not book any tours as nothing caught our attention. So we got off and wondered through town, there is a beautiful park just off the ship, but be aware of the lil kids wanting to show you monkeys or sloths, while you are looking up ... Read More
We did not book any tours as nothing caught our attention. So we got off and wondered through town, there is a beautiful park just off the ship, but be aware of the lil kids wanting to show you monkeys or sloths, while you are looking up they will try to grab your bags, wallet,camera etc,and run. The law will not bother them because they are kids. They want a tip then when you get your wallet out beware,or it may be the last time you see it. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Having visited Costa Rica before, I knew I wanted our group to experience the countryside. Ship excursions did not offer Zip line tours so Okey Dokey Tours was the best for our group on 12. We saw wildlife on the Canal, walked in the ... Read More
Having visited Costa Rica before, I knew I wanted our group to experience the countryside. Ship excursions did not offer Zip line tours so Okey Dokey Tours was the best for our group on 12. We saw wildlife on the Canal, walked in the rainforest, tasted local fruit, shopped in a grocery store, and zip lined. This was the best excursion ever. Carlos was entertaining and made sure we got all items requested in. We saw a banana plantation, cashew tree, and cocca tree. We held a sloth, tasted green coconut milk, and lots more. I can't say enough about the good time we had. Only drawback was I forgot to get a t-shirt of our zip line experience. Stalls at the port did not have any. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2010
Arrived Puerto Limon 0600,berthed,the docks were tidy compared to the town,I understand cruisers have been coming here for years, its a pity they cant make the town a bit more inviting.
Arrived Puerto Limon 0600,berthed,the docks were tidy compared to the town,I understand cruisers have been coming here for years, its a pity they cant make the town a bit more inviting. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Costa Rica..We booked a zip-line excursion through Greenway Tours and saved about 60% from Carnival prices. They guarantee you will not miss your ship so book with confidence. We were met on the pier at 10am by Jackie and promptly taken to ... Read More
Costa Rica..We booked a zip-line excursion through Greenway Tours and saved about 60% from Carnival prices. They guarantee you will not miss your ship so book with confidence. We were met on the pier at 10am by Jackie and promptly taken to our awaiting bus. She was full of local history and information during our ride to the zip-line,about an hour trip away. Zip-line was a blast and would do it again in a heartbeat. Afterwards we were taken to the Del Monte Banana Plantation. This may sound boring but quite the contrary. Extremely interesting...did you know that bananas are actually an herb? Greenway Tours got us back to the ship by 2pm leaving us with 2 hours of shopping time. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
We went on a "Bus, Boat Train Adventure" which took us to a banana plantation where all the bananas on the trees were encased in blue plastic bags and the packing plant consisted of a water trough and a grading station before the ... Read More
We went on a "Bus, Boat Train Adventure" which took us to a banana plantation where all the bananas on the trees were encased in blue plastic bags and the packing plant consisted of a water trough and a grading station before the bananas were placed on a truck. The so-called rain forest was accessed by boat in the canals and the Cayman were either nesting or very hot and spending their time in the water. We saw a white egret, five heron, a sloth, a lizard and eight bats sleeping on a tree trunk. On the train we saw one monkey and two sloths. This was definitely not seeing the diversity of life claimed in the tour promotion. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
Costa Rica was definitely the highlight port of our cruise. I booked a tour on my own over the internet with a company called Oscar Brown. Oscar was at the port to meet us and presented us with our private driver who took us all over the ... Read More
Costa Rica was definitely the highlight port of our cruise. I booked a tour on my own over the internet with a company called Oscar Brown. Oscar was at the port to meet us and presented us with our private driver who took us all over the country side. We stopped to see and hold a monkey, a sloth and an iguana. We stopped at a local organic market. Visited the Del Monte banana plantation, which was very interesting. Took a canal ride in the rain forest and saw tons of birds, a sloth, an alligator. Stopped at a beautiful beach and had a wonderful lunch overlooking the ocean. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
No planned excursion here. We decided to catch a cab to a beach resort north of town. We had pina colodas and spent the day there. At the resort there were guys with conga and guitar. We took a hike to the top of a hill there which was ... Read More
No planned excursion here. We decided to catch a cab to a beach resort north of town. We had pina colodas and spent the day there. At the resort there were guys with conga and guitar. We took a hike to the top of a hill there which was nice. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2010
This port is purely for the distribution of fruit from the area and I would not recommend walking around the town as the area is of little beauty or interest. We caught a taxi to a local beach which was OK but nothing special.
This port is purely for the distribution of fruit from the area and I would not recommend walking around the town as the area is of little beauty or interest. We caught a taxi to a local beach which was OK but nothing special. Read Less

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