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Sail Date: September 2009
I should have done an excursion here. My mistake. All of the others I cruised with except one went on the Whitewater Rafting trip and LOVED it. I did hear from other cruisers that the banana farm was OK. There really isn't much to do ... Read More
I should have done an excursion here. My mistake. All of the others I cruised with except one went on the Whitewater Rafting trip and LOVED it. I did hear from other cruisers that the banana farm was OK. There really isn't much to do here unless you book something. We ventured into the port area with the bizaar. That was kind of neat but it took less than 30 minutes to go through it all. We walked around the city. It was OK. If you don't like people getting in your face every five minutes trying to sell you something or asking you for money then I would bypass this and do an excursion instead. But there was a neat little flea market sort of place near the city park. Check this out if you can but don't go it alone. We didn't have any problems but agian I wouldn't walk around alone. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2009
Costa Rica is a very poor country but has some very beautiful areas. The people are nice and you don't feel in danger at any time. Be prepared for kids to "give" you flowers, of course they are looking for a ... Read More
Costa Rica is a very poor country but has some very beautiful areas. The people are nice and you don't feel in danger at any time. Be prepared for kids to "give" you flowers, of course they are looking for a "donation" for their gift. We did not take a Carnival Tour in this port, but rather booked the A2 tour with Okey Dokey Tours (www.okeydokeytours.com). Charlie Soto was very responsive to all emails in a very timely manner. I can not say enough good things about Charlie Soto and Okey Dokey Tours we had a fabulous excursion! The A2 tour includes a trip to a Banana Plantation, a trip down the Tortugero Canal where we saw many native animals including a small crocodile, and the highlight of the tour was the 13 zipline platforms in the Brisas De La Jungla! Upon arriving at the top of the mountain we filled out the required paperwork then we were outfitted in our equipment. Our first platform guide walked us up the trail pointing out several different animals along our climb. The views were fantastic and the zip lines were very high and very long! They use a double cable and 3 hooks to attach each adventure seeker. At all times you are attached to either the zip line or the tree or both! We were very impressed with the personnel and the experience, HIGHLY RECOMEND OkeyDokeyTours and this excursion! The A2 tour also included a lunch after zip-lining that was individually prepared as the guests arrived to the lunch hut and not before. The meal consisted of rice and beans, chicken, boiled banana (which tastes like a potato), salad along with a drink and sliced fruit. The cost for this tour was $99 which was far cheaper than the similar tour offered through Carnival and there were more zip lines at a higher altitude on this tour. Also our tour guide stopped at a local fruit stand when we inquired about a rather peculiar looking fruit so that we could sample it. He also stopped at a local store upon our request to purchase coffee which was about 1/2 the price of the coffee offered at the pier shopping area. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2009
Limon,Costa Rica was some what bad. Where we docked was such a poor neighborhood. We went to the banana planation which was nice, then we did the rain forest,river,canal tour. The guide was great, but there was no rain forest, just a canal ... Read More
Limon,Costa Rica was some what bad. Where we docked was such a poor neighborhood. We went to the banana planation which was nice, then we did the rain forest,river,canal tour. The guide was great, but there was no rain forest, just a canal with some monkeys and birds. Not worth the money. There must be other parts of Costa rica that are beautiful. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2009
This is a port you will want to book an excusion to see. They do not advise you walk around the town by yourself. We took cruisecritics advice and booked a tour of the rain forest using the tour line Okeydokey.com. Usually we book through ... Read More
This is a port you will want to book an excusion to see. They do not advise you walk around the town by yourself. We took cruisecritics advice and booked a tour of the rain forest using the tour line Okeydokey.com. Usually we book through the ship but I'm glad we didn't this time. The tour cost half as much as the ships plus they have air conditioned vans that only hold nine people plus the driver. We were able to go places the busses couldn't. They gave us free water, pop, beer, and fresh fruit. We also had a free lunch at Bonita Beach. We went on a tour of the town, then up into the mountains to see the monkeys. We also went down the canal for an hour and a half. We saw sloths, crocodiles, huge butterflys, Jesus lizards, and numerous other 'things' I have never seen before. Our driver was knowledgable and easy to understand. I would recommend this company to all. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2009
In costa rico we took the bus / boat / train tour and  enjoyed the tour greatly. The bus took us first to a banana plantation and we got to see how bananas are grown and harested and shipped. Bus then took us to the river boat that took ... Read More
In costa rico we took the bus / boat / train tour and  enjoyed the tour greatly. The bus took us first to a banana plantation and we got to see how bananas are grown and harested and shipped. Bus then took us to the river boat that took us a few miles down the river where we saw 2 and 3 toed sloth , monkeys ,Iguanas and some native lizards ( can't remember the name). The bus then took us to the train and we rode old time steam train thru the rain forrest . Bus back to dock where we picked out a couple of tee shirts. back onboard. We are now in contact w/ a real estate agent in Costa Rico about buying a few acres outside of town for retirement property. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
In Puerta Limon, Costa Rica it was Easter Sunday and the predominately Catholic community was very quiet, most shops closed down. I took a bus tour to some ruins/caves and nature habitat that was entertaining then went back to the ship ... Read More
In Puerta Limon, Costa Rica it was Easter Sunday and the predominately Catholic community was very quiet, most shops closed down. I took a bus tour to some ruins/caves and nature habitat that was entertaining then went back to the ship early to partake in my favorite activity, trivia. I don't feel as if I can give a fair evaluation of the city/port due to the religious holiday. BTW, I went to mass on board the ship on Easter Sunday and enjoy it. I always like to attend mass when on vacation, it broadens your horizons to see other takes on this time honored rite. (FYI: My favorite being mass in Kauai, Hawaii.) Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
The area around the port is not too good. I visited friends in the city. As they are Salvation Army officers I helped to train, it was wonderful to see them. But they are working under very difficult circumstances in a terrible ... Read More
The area around the port is not too good. I visited friends in the city. As they are Salvation Army officers I helped to train, it was wonderful to see them. But they are working under very difficult circumstances in a terrible neighborhood. They showed me a new iron bannister, ramp and entertainment center with TV and DVD and stereo that the vision of the Sea had provided for them and the extensive remodeling that they are doing to keep their day care center running. They are doing much of the work themselves and are doing excellent work. I enjoyed my visit with them and their three rambuctious little boys! Betty Jean Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
I took the ships excursion to San Jose.  Yes, it's a long trip - about 9 hours - but for me it was worth it.  It's about 2 1/2 hours each way by bus, but a very comfortable bus and great guides.  Oh, they also take a paramedic ... Read More
I took the ships excursion to San Jose.  Yes, it's a long trip - about 9 hours - but for me it was worth it.  It's about 2 1/2 hours each way by bus, but a very comfortable bus and great guides.  Oh, they also take a paramedic along, and one of the members of our group actually put him to use.  He wasn't feeling well, the Paramedic took his blood pressure and it was high.  He made him stay on the bus and keep cool at one of the stops.  He checked him a little later and his blood pressure was going down, so he was free to roam again.We saw the National Theater which is nice, but didn't necessarily add to my enjoyment of the trip, and we saw another Gold and Indian Museum - the Ore Museo - again, nice, but we spent too much time there.  They allocated 45 minutes, and 30 was more than enough for this place.  Then we drove through the city of San Jose to our lunch restaurant -The Chandelier - it was a very good buffet lunch - all you could eat, and the food was delicious.After lunch we went to a "shopping area"  - an area about 2 blocks long with a lot of tourist and souvenier shops - just the right place to get a few trinkets - mostly key chains, coffee, Tshirts, magnets. post cards, etc.If I'd never been to Costa Rica, San Jose, I'd do this trip - however, now that I've done it, it's not necessary to do it a 2nd time! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
I have no idea why any cruise line stops here for almost the entire day. Unless you take a tour, there is absolutely nothing to do. Even the park you can walk to is empty and not well taken care of. The stores were closed when we went ... Read More
I have no idea why any cruise line stops here for almost the entire day. Unless you take a tour, there is absolutely nothing to do. Even the park you can walk to is empty and not well taken care of. The stores were closed when we went because it was holy thursday. The town is dirty and not in the best condition for tourism. Cruise lines should rethink stopping at this port. Maybe it's their way of forcing us to take tours or be bored to death. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Limon, Costa Rica. We booked a canopy tour at this site. What a great experience. I was a little leery of trying this however our guides were great, I felt safe and this was a once in a lifetime experience I will remember forever. The ... Read More
Limon, Costa Rica. We booked a canopy tour at this site. What a great experience. I was a little leery of trying this however our guides were great, I felt safe and this was a once in a lifetime experience I will remember forever. The marketplace and town though again what a pit. Since it was a Sunday, most things weren't open even though I don't think it would have mattered. This place was awful. So Book a tour. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
Took the zip line and aerial canopy tour through the rain forest. great trip with lots to see. the only negative is the time it takes to drive to and from the location.
Took the zip line and aerial canopy tour through the rain forest. great trip with lots to see. the only negative is the time it takes to drive to and from the location. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
We took the advice we read on Cruise Critic and contacted Okey Dokey tours. They have a website. They were waiting for us when we disembarked. We were escorted in a mini van and had our own personal guide, Carlos, and driver, Staton. ... Read More
We took the advice we read on Cruise Critic and contacted Okey Dokey tours. They have a website. They were waiting for us when we disembarked. We were escorted in a mini van and had our own personal guide, Carlos, and driver, Staton. We were able to go down roads the tour buses couldn't take. We walked through a small plantation/jungle area and saw many amazing plants and tasted fresh bananas and coconuts. We then went to the banana plantation and saw how bananas were grown, picked and processed. Then we visited with a sloth, took a trip on the canal in a small boat and went for lunch at the beach and ate a Costa Rican meal (grilled chicken, beans and rice, salad and fried plantains). On the way back Carlos took us to a Costa Rican grocery where he showed us the ingredients that were used in the meal. It was very good. We were gone 5-6 hours and it only cost $59 each. Quite a bargain. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2009
In Limon, we took the Rainforest Aerial Tram shore excursion. It's a great way to see the rainforest up close and personal. We were 5 people in one tram car, plus our personal guide, who pointed out the flora (not too much fauna to be ... Read More
In Limon, we took the Rainforest Aerial Tram shore excursion. It's a great way to see the rainforest up close and personal. We were 5 people in one tram car, plus our personal guide, who pointed out the flora (not too much fauna to be seen; they say the animals disappear when the tourists arrive). We had an excellent meal at the facility's restaurant (chicken, salad, beans and rice and fried plantains washed down with a tropical fruit drink). We then went into the well-stocked gift shop to buy Costa Rican coffee. Before getting back on the bus, we went on a short nature walk on a paved path through the forest. The only disappointing parts of this trip were our over-enthusiastic tour guide on the bus who wanted to stop the bus to point out sloths and plants and nests; and the fact that our group picture was taken while we were on the tram and then sold to us later for $10 (we did not buy it, and think it should have been included in the price). Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Actual port was Puntarenas Costa Rica. very friendly staff at the dock, nice market, a fantastic country. We took an outstanding local tour to Carara National Park and the Taricolas River with Greenway Tours. Would highly recommend Mario ... Read More
Actual port was Puntarenas Costa Rica. very friendly staff at the dock, nice market, a fantastic country. We took an outstanding local tour to Carara National Park and the Taricolas River with Greenway Tours. Would highly recommend Mario and his company. A new clean, air conditioned van with tour guide Ollie were fantastic. http://www.costarica-ecotourism.com/costa-rica-tours.htm or www.greenwaytours.com Will go to the volcanoes and canopy tour another time. Walked through the rainforest, saw much wildlife and interesting trees/vegetation. A short boat ride on the Taricolas River were the capper, with Lizard/Iguana sighting and a wide variety of birds and fish and wild crocodiles. The boat guide was a daredevil feeding the crocs on the riverbank. Unbelieveable photo ops. Seeing a pair of scarlet macaws flying by brought my wife to tears. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
There are some great street vendors here with some beautiful handcrafted wooden products. Don't miss out on this shopping experience. The tour we took included a banana plantation, train ride, and canal ride. We didn't see a ... Read More
There are some great street vendors here with some beautiful handcrafted wooden products. Don't miss out on this shopping experience. The tour we took included a banana plantation, train ride, and canal ride. We didn't see a lot of animal life on canal ride but we did see some howler monkeys from the train. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
Took the Off Road Adventure and it was fabulous. Eric and Jose made this a wonderful adventure. They have a custom built vehicle that holds 40 passengers and can go into the mountains on very rough roads. They wanted to develop a ... Read More
Took the Off Road Adventure and it was fabulous. Eric and Jose made this a wonderful adventure. They have a custom built vehicle that holds 40 passengers and can go into the mountains on very rough roads. They wanted to develop a special tour to areas not usually visited by tourists, or locals, and they certainly have succeeded. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
This is the stop in Costa Rica. I describe our day here in the main text. Unless you want to do a  jungle tour of some kind...go to a beach and be careful who you go with.
This is the stop in Costa Rica. I describe our day here in the main text. Unless you want to do a  jungle tour of some kind...go to a beach and be careful who you go with. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2009
What a beautiful day in Puerto Limon, clear as a bell and very hot & humid, I enjoyed it very much. All eight of us did the Eco-train, Del Monte Banana Plantation and the Tortuguero Jungle Canals. Everyone enjoyed it all but could ... Read More
What a beautiful day in Puerto Limon, clear as a bell and very hot & humid, I enjoyed it very much. All eight of us did the Eco-train, Del Monte Banana Plantation and the Tortuguero Jungle Canals. Everyone enjoyed it all but could have done without the train, it was very old, very stuffy, no A/C, you went up the track very slowly to look at very small Monkeys/Sloths in the trees that were very hard to see in the first place, we then stopped and went backwards back to where the buses were. We then got to the canals were there was cold bottled water, fruit juices and beer to drink and fresh fruit, bananas, watermelon, pineapple and then a small shop to buy local art and great smelling coffee, I bought five bags. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
This port was Punta Arenas (Port not listed in selection). We did the Punta Arenas City Sights tour. Highlight was a visit to a cemetery! But we had a good guide (Paula) and the weather was nice, so we made the best of it.
This port was Punta Arenas (Port not listed in selection). We did the Punta Arenas City Sights tour. Highlight was a visit to a cemetery! But we had a good guide (Paula) and the weather was nice, so we made the best of it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We took the tour to the Rainforest, and it was actually raining quite hard when we disembarked the ship. The rain never stopped all day - and the Rainforest was at it's best! The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is very rainy, while the ... Read More
We took the tour to the Rainforest, and it was actually raining quite hard when we disembarked the ship. The rain never stopped all day - and the Rainforest was at it's best! The Caribbean side of Costa Rica is very rainy, while the Pacific side is very sunny. It was a 2 hour bus ride from Puerto Limon to the Rainforest. The tour guide "Max" was excellent. On the bus, he told us all about Costa Rica, its politics, its history, demographics, and education levels of the people. Once we arrived, we boarded gondolas with our own special guide on each gondola. They seat 6 people plus the guide, and are covered. You should be prepared with good rain gear to take this excursion. We were given thin plastic rain ponchos by the ship, but these were not very good and we did get quite wet. The gondola tour lasted about 1.5 hours, and it was a bit too long. Once we were off the gondolas, we had a very nice lunch under a canopy (still raining), and then boarded the bus back to the ship. The tour guide continued his excellent talk about Costa Rica, and while I thought I might fall asleep, I didn't as he kept our interest peaked, and was excellent. We would recommend this tour as you will see some spectacular scenery. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
After my previous disastrous decision my wife chose this trip avoiding trains and 'Uncle Martys' and decided we would go to see the sloth sanctuary. Not my choice but what a super day. Enthusiastic guide and sanctuary staff, the ... Read More
After my previous disastrous decision my wife chose this trip avoiding trains and 'Uncle Martys' and decided we would go to see the sloth sanctuary. Not my choice but what a super day. Enthusiastic guide and sanctuary staff, the cuddliest monkeys, a canoe trip through the rain forest (complete with rain - in the dry season) and an adventurous drive along perhaps the most pot-holed roads I have ever seen. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We did not book and tours in this port and there is really nothing to do right at the dock. We were warned not to wander since this is a very poor area of Costa Rica and crime was high. We heeded that advice and just got off of the boat to ... Read More
We did not book and tours in this port and there is really nothing to do right at the dock. We were warned not to wander since this is a very poor area of Costa Rica and crime was high. We heeded that advice and just got off of the boat to stretch our legs. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
In Puerto Limon we took the Veragua Rainforest Tour with Humberto as our tour guide.   Humberto made the trip very enjoyable and we learned about the history and geography of Costa Rica on our way to the rainforest.  We lucked out with ... Read More
In Puerto Limon we took the Veragua Rainforest Tour with Humberto as our tour guide.   Humberto made the trip very enjoyable and we learned about the history and geography of Costa Rica on our way to the rainforest.  We lucked out with sunny weather even though we could see rain clouds elsewhere.   The Veraugua Rainforest park has a terrific lizard, amphibian and snake exhibit.  They also have an awesome butterfly collection and enclosure with live butterflies.  We took the aerial tram down the mountainside and you could feel the temperature and humidity rise as we rode down into the valley.   We elected to walk the optional 350 steps to the waterfall at the bottom and back again.  Whew!  We earned the lunch that was served back at the top of the mountain.  The promised 'snack' was a subway sandwich and delicious fresh fruit plus fabulous fresh Costa Rican coffee - my mouth is watering just remembering the aroma!Humberto told us where to buy coffee in town and what brand to get - it is cheaper to go and buy it at the grocery store which is in walking distance from the ship than to buy it from the ship or the vendors beside the ship!   We chose to buy premium Oro for approx. $5 US a pound. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2009
We took a eco tour through the rain forest by train and boat tour through the mangrove waterways at this stop. Enjoyed the abundant wild life viewing (if you take this tour, sit on the same side as the boat operator as he will ... Read More
We took a eco tour through the rain forest by train and boat tour through the mangrove waterways at this stop. Enjoyed the abundant wild life viewing (if you take this tour, sit on the same side as the boat operator as he will instinctively swing his side of the boat toward the wild life that he spots). It rained on and off all day (it is the rain forest after all) but it didn't really dampen our tour. Read Less

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