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Sail Date: December 2008
This part of Central America has a more tropical island feel and is very pretty from the ship. However be prepared for seeing quite a lot of poverty. There is a welfare system so you don't get hassled by street sellers. The excursion ... Read More
This part of Central America has a more tropical island feel and is very pretty from the ship. However be prepared for seeing quite a lot of poverty. There is a welfare system so you don't get hassled by street sellers. The excursion we went on involved seeing the country by rail, road and bus. It was the longest, slowest,boring and most expensive excursion we have ever been on. We wish we'd stayed on ship. The rest of my family agreed that their excursions in Costa Rica were also too long and too expensive. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Puerto Limon is a very scary place. I wouldn't say that lightly, but the city itself had a lot of seedy looking people and it was very dirty and run down. Please don't judge Costa Rica by this port! We've been to Guanacaste ... Read More
Puerto Limon is a very scary place. I wouldn't say that lightly, but the city itself had a lot of seedy looking people and it was very dirty and run down. Please don't judge Costa Rica by this port! We've been to Guanacaste ( near Liberia airport) a couple of times so far, and it is nothing like this. But, we did have a pretty good day anyway. We took a tour through www.okeydokeytours.com and we had a great time. We had an excellent guide named Jorge and he showed us monkeys, sloths and lots of different flowers and fauna. He was very excited about showing us anything he could, before the rain started. It absolutely poured and unfortunately we were on a boat tour of the tortugero canals at the time. We were soaked! But life is an adventure, so we had fun anyway. We had lunch on the beach, and thankfully the restaurant was under cover. The food was local, rice beans and either chicken, beef or fish, and was very fresh and cooked well. We even had local beers to wash it all down. If you are going there I would highly recommend taking a tour or stay on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
This was our first time in Costa Rica. Apparently it rains a lot there, but it is still a beautiful country. We did a tour through the ship involving River Tubing; basically two people sit in a large inflatable tube and you drift down a ... Read More
This was our first time in Costa Rica. Apparently it rains a lot there, but it is still a beautiful country. We did a tour through the ship involving River Tubing; basically two people sit in a large inflatable tube and you drift down a river, periodically hitting some rapids. It was a lot of fun. The drive to the river tubing area was quite long, but very scenic and with an informative naturalist. The bus driver stopped when he saw a family of monkeys and we were allowed to exit the bus for photos/viewing (we later learned that this type of monkey will throw their poop at humans if they feel threatened, but fortunately they liked us OK). There was a decent shopping area near the ship and we bought more coffee (Cafe Britt). Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Our visit to this port was marred by pouring rain the whole day. We took the Caribbean Train, Eco Cruise & Countryside tour, but most of the wildlife was curled up in the trees trying to keep warm & dry
Our visit to this port was marred by pouring rain the whole day. We took the Caribbean Train, Eco Cruise & Countryside tour, but most of the wildlife was curled up in the trees trying to keep warm & dry Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
This was the only port that was disappointing. The weather was terrible! I would strongly advise everyone to skip the Tortuguero Canal boat ride. It was a miserable and dangerous experience. The driver of the boat did not maintain control ... Read More
This was the only port that was disappointing. The weather was terrible! I would strongly advise everyone to skip the Tortuguero Canal boat ride. It was a miserable and dangerous experience. The driver of the boat did not maintain control of the craft. He continually crossed his own wake and each time he did filthy brackish water poured into the back of the boat where I was seated. The last three rows were knee deep in water before long. The guide promised that each time an animal was spotted the boat would try to turn around so the passengers on both sides could see and take photos. On one of these attempts, another boat got too close to us. Our boat listed badly and we barely missed a tree. Limbs from the tree snapped into the boat hitting several passengers in the head and face. By this time, the motor and battery compartments flooded and we feared that the engines might stop working. The driver speeded up and again lost control. The boat rammed into the support of a bridge over the canal. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. On shore, I asked for a towel because I was soaked to the skin. We were shown an interesting film about banana production on the way to the aerial tram park. When we got there, we were "soaked" again. It was pouring rain by this time and they sold us ponchos for $10 each. Now they were nice but not worth $10! Advice: Bring a poncho! Then we were informed that the road to the tram was under water and we would have to walk across a rope bridge to get there. I am afraid of heights but was amazed that I crossed the sturdy bridge without panicking. A buffet lunch of local cuisine was served to us before we broke into groups of six for the tram ride. The Aerial Tram ride was breathtaking. Even though we were cold and wet and the animals were much too smart to be out on such a dreadful day, the views were worth the discomfort. The ride back to the ship was terrifying. Several areas of the road were washed out. We passed a local bus that had been swept into a ditch. They told us of contingency plans to put us up for the night and fly us to Grand Cayman if we could not get back to the ship. Our bus driver did a great job and we got back to the ship before it was scheduled to depart the port. There were still two tours that had not yet returned. The ship waited another hour until all passengers were onboard before pulling in the gangway and setting sail. In response to numerous complaints about this Costa Rica Favorites tour, we were given a partial refund. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2009
Another great port. When I research the available excursion on Internet before the cruise I found a couple of good reviews about a local tour company called "Strictly Business". So we booked with him prior to our departure and ... Read More
Another great port. When I research the available excursion on Internet before the cruise I found a couple of good reviews about a local tour company called "Strictly Business". So we booked with him prior to our departure and this was a very good decision. It cost us 45$ per person but we got a private tour of Puerto Limon since we were just four passenger in his minivan. The guide (Marshall Scott) took us around the city in place where most of the big tour bus cannot go. He also took us on a boat ride on the Tortuga Canals (The best part of the tour), a visit to a banana plantation and to a national park. He was fun and informative about the area and we really appreciated him. You can contact this guy at eventosinternacionalessb@yahoo.com.mx I recommend him. 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
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: 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

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