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About Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

Costa Rica is a small country, about the size of West Virginia, but it's got massive appeal as one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth. Even though Costa Rica covers less than .03 percent of the earth's total surface, you can find nearly five percent of the planet's plant and animal species there. Its location -- between Nicaragua and Panama on the isthmus connecting North and South America, with the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east -- has enabled flora and fauna from both continents to thrive there.

Cruise passengers visiting Costa Rica's Pacific Coast will come ashore in one of two places -- Puerto Caldera, a commercial port serving the nearby seaside town of Puntarenas, and Puntarenas itself. Puntarenas is a lively town that hosts josefinos (residents of the capital city of San Jose) on holiday, as well as international tourists. The main drag, a wide walkway fronting the beach that's jam-packed with places to shop and eat, is even called Paseo de los Turistas -- loosely, "stroll of the tourists."

However, Costa Rica's real draw is its lush, natural beauty and biodiversity -- the "rich coast" after which it is named. Most cruise travelers use Puntarenas as a kickoff point for eco-adventures on the ground (horseback riding or hiking in the rainforest), in the water (kayaking, white-water rafting) and even in the air (zip-lining, an activity which originated here and is now popular throughout the Americas and the Caribbean).


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  • 21 Night
    Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Panama Canal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    21 Night Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    • Day 18
      Cruising
    • Day 19
      Cruising
    • Day 20
      Victoria
    • Day 21
      Seattle
    • Day 22
      Seattle
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    Seacucumber
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great cruise to Western Caribbean
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    cementhands
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Blissfull experience
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Colon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 14
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Summit - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Smaller size means consistent service; heavy emphasis on food and wine, with good results.

    Cons

    Nighttime entertainment is hit or miss, with some live music shows more snooze fest than snappy.

    Bottom Line

    The ship presents some of the best features of Celebrity, without being too overwhelming.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Summit Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Immediately upon stepping foot onboard Celebrity Summit, one gets a sense of the ship's elegant...

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    bfa5y
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    celebrity summit southern carribean get away
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    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Royal Caribbean Cruiser Tries Celebrity
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Huatulco
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Corinto
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Aruba
    • Day 14
      Curacao
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Rotterdam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Pool deck never feels overcrowded

    Cons

    Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

    Bottom Line

    Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

    Reviews

    Rotterdam Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is the sixth in a line of Holland America flagships and it shows...

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    Seamore42
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Comfortable Rotterdam
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    Baybari
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Itinerary But Time to put The Old Mare to Rest
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 116 Night
    Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Honolulu, Kauai ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Crystal Cruises
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    116 Night Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Route (Crystal Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Honolulu
    • Day 8
      Kauai
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Apia
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      Cruising
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      Nuku'alofa
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Auckland
    • Day 21
      Auckland
    • Day 22
      Tauranga
    • Day 23
      Cruising
    • Day 24
      Picton
    • Day 25
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 27
      Sydney (Australia)
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      Sydney (Australia)
    • Day 29
      Eden (Australia)
    • Day 30
      Cruising
    • Day 31
      Melbourne
    • Day 32
      Cruising
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      Adelaide
    • Day 34
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 37
      Busselton
    • Day 38
      Perth (Fremantle)
    • Day 39
      Cruising
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      Exmouth
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Bali
    • Day 44
      Bali
    • Day 45
      Cruising
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      Singapore
    • Day 47
      Singapore
    • Day 48
      Cruising
    • Day 49
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 51
      Colombo
    • Day 52
      Cruising
    • Day 53
      Male
    • Day 54
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 56
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 57
      Mumbai (Bombay)
    • Day 58
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 60
      Salalah
    • Day 61
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Luxor
    • Day 65
      Luxor
    • Day 66
      Aqaba (Petra)
    • Day 67
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 69
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 70
      Jerusalem (Ashdod)
    • Day 71
      Limassol
    • Day 72
      Rhodes
    • Day 73
      Cruising
    • Day 74
      Istanbul
    • Day 75
      Istanbul
    • Day 76
      Nessebur
    • Day 77
      Odessa
    • Day 78
      Constanta
    • Day 79
      Cruising
    • Day 80
      Athens (Piraeus)
    • Day 81
      Katakolon (Olympia)
    • Day 82
      Taormina (Messina)
    • Day 83
      Sorrento
    • Day 84
      Rome (Civitavecchia)
    • Day 85
      Florence (Livorno)
    • Day 86
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 87
      Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    • Day 88
      Cruising
    • Day 89
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 90
      Gibraltar
    • Day 91
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 93
      Ponta Delgada
    • Day 94
      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Hamilton
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      Cruising
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      Cruising
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      Miami
    • Day 102
      Key West
    • Day 103
      Cruising
    • Day 104
      Cruising
    • Day 105
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 106
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 108
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 109
      Cruising
    • Day 110
      Acajutla
    • Day 111
      Puerto Madero
    • Day 112
      Huatulco
    • Day 113
      Cruising
    • Day 114
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 115
      Cruising
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      Cruising
    • Day 117
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Crystal Serenity - Crystal Cruises

    Pros

    Extensive enrichment and entertainment, inclusive fares, top-notch service.

    Cons

    Can feel clubby with many older, repeat passengers.

    Bottom Line

    You'll be pampered but never bored on luxury's largest ship.

    Reviews

    Crystal Serenity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    The 980-passenger Crystal Serenity takes the best of big-ship cruising and the best of luxury t...

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    CruiserFromMaine
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We had a great cruise on the Serenity
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    We Jumped Ship In Cabo!
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

    Cruise Critic Member Ratings
    Paulgormley
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Interesting choice of islands to visit
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    Eve4567
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Could be WAY better
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