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Le Dumont d'Urville Review

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9 reviews

The best overall cruise experience out of our 30 plus cruises!

Review for Le Dumont d'Urville to South America
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10+ Cruises • Age 20s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Outdoor relaxing on ship .
Posing with Macaw !
Formal dinner,
Mother and daughter in Panama .
Howler monkey thru the guides telescope!
Easy hiking in their national parks with young highly knowledgeable guides
On board evening stage show!
Pre dinner gathering on back of ship for all passengers n crew before dinne
Anchored off Holandes Cay. Wonderful beach day with plenty of shade, snacks

Everyone has different likes and dislikes. I’m going to summarize what we look for in a cruise vacation which we felt Ponant came closest to an overall exceptional experience and why.

My sister n husband ( late 50s very active non drinkers) and my husband (70) and myself(62) - both drinkers and not super active wanted a Xmas holiday experience together. We didn’t want to travel too far from USA and wanted a under 14 trip. I’ve been on a similar in Italy with a girlfriend to Costa Rica n thru Panama Canal with Windstar and felt this would satisfy everyone’s likes.


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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

This is a simple industrial port. It’s a long trip from West coast ( Guanacaste) beach towns or from San Jose to get there but the ride is very pretty country and very safe . I recommend just get there and get on ship.


Go to Manuel Antonio National Park. Go early as this country is very humid but lots of shade in park n on trails..,go with guide or hire one at entrance. We used Mikenaturetour online. They were so good we used them two days in a row!

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