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Sail Date: October 2015
Long ride to get there, but well worth it. An incredible spot with a real connection to the nature of the country.
Long ride to get there, but well worth it. An incredible spot with a real connection to the nature of the country. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Ship excursion--Hacienda Experience. We visited the Tayutic Hacienda, a major resort in Costa Rica. Our day tour included learning about how coffee, sugar cane, and macadamia nuts are grown and processed. We had an excellent lunch, ... Read More
Ship excursion--Hacienda Experience. We visited the Tayutic Hacienda, a major resort in Costa Rica. Our day tour included learning about how coffee, sugar cane, and macadamia nuts are grown and processed. We had an excellent lunch, visited the greenhouse, an worker's cabin from the early days of the hacienda, and a lovely chapel with a fascinating history. It was a long bus ride because everything is so far inland, but our guide and driver kept up an entertaining banter so we weren't bored. Puerto Limon is a shipping port. The only shopping is a small flea market, so do your shopping on your tour. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
The Tortuguero Canals provided numerous photo ops of animals. The canopy tour of the rainforest was interesting.
The Tortuguero Canals provided numerous photo ops of animals. The canopy tour of the rainforest was interesting. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Took an excursion to the Veragua Rain Forest. Beautiful and well done. Tram ride was short, but wonderful. Butterfly museum was excellent. Be sure to take a stroll through Limon. It is a lovely little town.
Took an excursion to the Veragua Rain Forest. Beautiful and well done. Tram ride was short, but wonderful. Butterfly museum was excellent. Be sure to take a stroll through Limon. It is a lovely little town. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2012
Great tour with Mario who is very interesting and enthusiastic about his country of Costa Rica. We were met at the port and taken on a 2 hr drive through the port city into the Mountains to the Hacienda tour plantation. We passed ... Read More
Great tour with Mario who is very interesting and enthusiastic about his country of Costa Rica. We were met at the port and taken on a 2 hr drive through the port city into the Mountains to the Hacienda tour plantation. We passed banana plantations and then arrived at the Hacienda after a fabulous tour up into the mountains with gorgeous views all the way up and Mario had the driver stop a few times to point out plants, sights etc. The Hacienda/Resort was/is so gorgeous and we were shown many orchids, macadamia harvest and the process to selling along with sugar cane process to sugar and then coffee harvest methods too. ALong with a good lunch served on a gorgeous outdoor verandah. Lots to see and learn on this tour with the trip back down the mt into the port making it a full 8.5 hr. tour. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Again we did a private tour. The canals were the highlight. We saw Howling Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, lost count of how many different types of birds and butterflies. The market inside the cruise terminal is worth walking through.
Again we did a private tour. The canals were the highlight. We saw Howling Monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, lost count of how many different types of birds and butterflies. The market inside the cruise terminal is worth walking through. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
The Rain Forest Ariel Tram tour was wonderful. This was my second time but I really enjoyed this experience.
The Rain Forest Ariel Tram tour was wonderful. This was my second time but I really enjoyed this experience. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
We did a private tour, organized by one of our Roll Call members, with Okie Dokey Tours. Our tour included zip lining, banana plantation, canal trip, lunch at a beach and a wonderful impromptu roadside stop (probably friends or family of ... Read More
We did a private tour, organized by one of our Roll Call members, with Okie Dokey Tours. Our tour included zip lining, banana plantation, canal trip, lunch at a beach and a wonderful impromptu roadside stop (probably friends or family of our guide) to sample and learn about the variety of fruits in Costa Rica. There were 8 of us at a cost of $76 pp. We had a clean, air conditioned van and a friendly, knowledgeable guide who provided us with bottled water all day. Do the comparison with a Princess organized tour and you will understand why we try to do private tours! It was a very fun day and I can now check off zip lining on my bucket list! Did I mention that it rains in the RAIN FOREST??? Ha! We are not big shoppers but felt the best shopping for souvenir type gifts was at this port. There is a huge tent-like structure just beyond the dock with tons of vendors. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
We used Your Lucky Tour and did the Jaguar rescue Center tour (private). In a word, it was outstanding. The best tour of the cruise, and one of the best we've ever done. Pablo, our guide, gave us a ton of info along the way, and ... Read More
We used Your Lucky Tour and did the Jaguar rescue Center tour (private). In a word, it was outstanding. The best tour of the cruise, and one of the best we've ever done. Pablo, our guide, gave us a ton of info along the way, and stopped to show us different wildlife all along the drive. I wouldn't hesitate to use YLT again. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Our tour to the aerial tram ride through the rainforest departed promptly at 7:00. During our two hour drive, we saw lots of banana plantations, some pineapple fields, and other agriculture. The two-lane road was being repaired in ... Read More
Our tour to the aerial tram ride through the rainforest departed promptly at 7:00. During our two hour drive, we saw lots of banana plantations, some pineapple fields, and other agriculture. The two-lane road was being repaired in several places and there are near term plans to make it a six lane highway since it is the main route for containers being transported between oceans. The guide mentioned that the Caribbean side was far less developed (and less expensive) than either the Pacific coast or highlands. At the entrance to the property, we transferred to mini-busses since the road was only one lane paved with bricks. We unloaded and split into groups of six (Terry and Mary from Morehead City, NC and Nancy and Carol - our next table dining mates from Minneapolis) and met out guide who would narrate our 90 minute gondola ride. He explained the different trees we saw including why they grew the way they did. He also had a book with great pictures of the birds, bats, and butterflies that inhabit the area. It was interesting to see the differences in vegetation lower in the forest and in the canopy. (The tram does and out and back loop, but at different levels.) After our tram ride, we met with another group of six and did a 30 minute nature walk on the floor of the forest. Then it was time for a lunch of tropical fruit, salad, chicken, vegetables, and fried plantains - delicious. After a bit of shopping, including buying some local coffee, we headed back to the ship. Along the way, our driver spotted a sloth so we got to see her before arriving at the ship. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2011
Sloth sanctuary was fantastic and included a boat ride and guided walk in the rain forest.
Sloth sanctuary was fantastic and included a boat ride and guided walk in the rain forest. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We enjoyed a fantastic 8 hour tour with Okey Dokey Tours. We did the zip line (great fun!!!!!), Tortuego Canals, local insider shopping, traditional hot lunch (included!) at a waterfront restaurant, picture opportunity from viewpoint and ... Read More
We enjoyed a fantastic 8 hour tour with Okey Dokey Tours. We did the zip line (great fun!!!!!), Tortuego Canals, local insider shopping, traditional hot lunch (included!) at a waterfront restaurant, picture opportunity from viewpoint and the banana plantation for $90 pp. We also were provided with free pop and beer all day long. I was glad I hadn't puchased the $3 bottle of water aboard the Jewel as we disembarked :). Our guide was very well educated, spoke excellent English and we learnt so much about Costa Rica. Would highly recommend these guys, they made sure we had a great day. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
We had the best tour of a Hacienda up in the mountains here. We saw how they processed sugar cane, macadamia nuts and coffee. Enjoyed this 6 hour tour to the fullest. The bus ride was scary, but we still enjoyed it, as our drive loved ... Read More
We had the best tour of a Hacienda up in the mountains here. We saw how they processed sugar cane, macadamia nuts and coffee. Enjoyed this 6 hour tour to the fullest. The bus ride was scary, but we still enjoyed it, as our drive loved to pass on the double yellow on curves. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2011
What a surprise. Once out of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica is a sight. We went to the Tutuyic Hacienda. Well worth the fair, great tour. Saw the Turrialba volcano spewing steam. Saw the working sugar cane, coffee and Macadamia nut ... Read More
What a surprise. Once out of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica is a sight. We went to the Tutuyic Hacienda. Well worth the fair, great tour. Saw the Turrialba volcano spewing steam. Saw the working sugar cane, coffee and Macadamia nut plantation. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
In Puerto Limon, we took a tour with Eduardo Humphreys of Your Lucky Tour. He met us at the ship, and with his son as the driver, took us to the Veragua Rain Forest. He was very dependable and knowledgeable about Costa Rica and the rain ... Read More
In Puerto Limon, we took a tour with Eduardo Humphreys of Your Lucky Tour. He met us at the ship, and with his son as the driver, took us to the Veragua Rain Forest. He was very dependable and knowledgeable about Costa Rica and the rain forest. At the rain forest, a guide led us on a three hour tour which included a gondola ride over the canopy, a small hike to waterfalls, a butterfly exhibit and butterfly garden, and snakes, daytime frogs and nighttime frogs exhibits. Lunch was provided, and Eduardo met us at the cafeteria to lead us back to the entrance of the forest. At this point, he recommend that the zip-line should be tried. My daughter, my niece, and my brother-in-law decided to try it. The cost was very reasonable, and there were 15 platforms and the ride lasted about 45 minutes. Eduardo and his son picked them up at the last platform, and then he returned us safely to the ship. Eduardo company offers various tours, but we wanted an up close view of the rain forest, and this tour provided it. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
Loved Costa Rica. Was looking forward to this stop most of all and had a great day here. Thanks to Antonio our cabbie. The zip line excursion was great fun. would love to see more of Costa Rica.
Loved Costa Rica. Was looking forward to this stop most of all and had a great day here. Thanks to Antonio our cabbie. The zip line excursion was great fun. would love to see more of Costa Rica. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2011
Best excursion ever! The only one we booked through Royal Caribbean. We did easy white water rafting with a tour of a tropical garden. The drive to the river took a bit over an hour and half but was interesting. We went to the ... Read More
Best excursion ever! The only one we booked through Royal Caribbean. We did easy white water rafting with a tour of a tropical garden. The drive to the river took a bit over an hour and half but was interesting. We went to the operation centre to get changed, use the facilities and get drinks. Their facilies were clean and very impressive. We were allowed to store our stuff in the bus as it was attended by the driver. Then we went to the river to meet our guide. We had 7 of us (aged 8 - 66)plus our guide in the raft. We were given lots of clear instructions and spent a few minutes practicing. Then we spent an hour and a half going down the river. We were quickly drenched and it was tons of fun but still safe. We only needed to paddle about 5% of the time but when we did the instructions of what to do at that moment was very clear. During some of the quieter sections were given the chance to jump off the raft and swim in the water. Our guide often pointed out the vegetation on the banks as well as bird life. After we had a Costa Rican lunch at the operation centre (in a nice garden near an active volcano!) and a chance to buy pictures of our adventure. The gardens were a bit of a drive but well worth it. We did not see any sloths but lots of interesting plants. Highly recommend this excursion. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
I was told by many of my friends that this place was beautiful and I was going to love it. well I liked it it was nice but not my favorite. We went on the coffee bean tour. An air-conditioned bus thank goodness because it took 2 hours ... Read More
I was told by many of my friends that this place was beautiful and I was going to love it. well I liked it it was nice but not my favorite. We went on the coffee bean tour. An air-conditioned bus thank goodness because it took 2 hours to get there. The factory was closed but we still had a great tour and got to have some incredible coffee. I bought 20 lbs of coffee to be delivered to the house. included in the tour was a lunch at a very nice hotel . We had an incredible lunch on a patio under a canopy, by the pool. It was beautiful. There was a volcano that we could see the steam coming out of. That was fun to see. We drove through part of the rain forest. Saw many Banana trees, and of course coconut trees. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Another great day! We toured with Okey Dokey Tours. Our guide was Jorge. We went first to the zipline and after a brief lesson, we were on the wagon up the mountain being pulled by a tractor. We did 7 zips between 9 platforms. All of the ... Read More
Another great day! We toured with Okey Dokey Tours. Our guide was Jorge. We went first to the zipline and after a brief lesson, we were on the wagon up the mountain being pulled by a tractor. We did 7 zips between 9 platforms. All of the platforms have workers to make sure that you're hooked on properly and they assist with stopping. Next we went to the Del Monte banana plantation. But first on the way, Jorge stopped and pulled leaves off a tree. The leaves are the main ingrediant in Chanel No.5. The Del Monte plantation was very interesting and enlightening about how bananas are grown, packaged and shipped. Next we stopped again on the side of the road to see a family of Holler Monkeys in the trees. Afterwards, we stopped at a roadside produce stand, where we tried all of the fruits that they grow right there on their property. They also squeezed sugar cane and we drank a little of that too. Next stop was the Tortuga River for a wildlife tour. It was a little slow as the animals are not out at that time of the day. But we saw some iguanas, sloths, a crocadile and lots of birds. After that we went to lunch at a restaurant at Bonita Beach. We thought that we would be actually going on the beach, so we brought swimsuits and towels, but we just stayed at the restaurant and looked at the beach views. Lastly we toured a little of Puerto Limon and went up in a neighborhood for a highpoint view of the town, ocean and our ship. Jorge did tell us to not buy coffee anywhere along the route as it is too expensive. So, we stopped at a local grocery store on the way back to the ship and coffee was only $4.00 a pound! Very nice day. Read Less

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