65 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) Cruise Reviews

Okay tram ride nothing special. Same with lunch. $6 for a bottle of water and a Pepsi seems outrageous
Okay tram ride nothing special. Same with lunch. $6 for a bottle of water and a Pepsi seems outrageous Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Water level was down so the boat' engine filled with mud and had to change boats. Nothing the company did wrong, but did get to see many crocodiles.
Water level was down so the boat' engine filled with mud and had to change boats. Nothing the company did wrong, but did get to see many crocodiles. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Long bus ride with a bad bus. We did get a new bus for return. Show was excellent and the horses (and trainers) were impressive.
Long bus ride with a bad bus. We did get a new bus for return. Show was excellent and the horses (and trainers) were impressive. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We just walked the shopping vicinity near the ship. It was disappointing that we had to take a bus to town, which was a 30 minute trip. Another ship took our spot in town.
We just walked the shopping vicinity near the ship. It was disappointing that we had to take a bus to town, which was a 30 minute trip. Another ship took our spot in town. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
More beggars here than any other port on this cruise. I found the older buildings interesting, but the sales were more aggressive here than anywhere else. The further from the dock, the lower the price. There was a woman at the beach end ... Read More
More beggars here than any other port on this cruise. I found the older buildings interesting, but the sales were more aggressive here than anywhere else. The further from the dock, the lower the price. There was a woman at the beach end of the pier that did passport stamps at the waiting area for the shuttle. (It's a long pier.) Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We had scheduled a Train Ride along with a River Float trip excursion, but the train was not in service so we ended up cancelling the trip. They did offer to refund a portion of the money and take us on a coach bus. We did not want to do ... Read More
We had scheduled a Train Ride along with a River Float trip excursion, but the train was not in service so we ended up cancelling the trip. They did offer to refund a portion of the money and take us on a coach bus. We did not want to do a bus ride so just went into the little Market Place at the end of the ships doc. I was ok, usual souvenirs. Picked up coffee, Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Shopped in port side shops. Industrial port with nothing around. Nice pool and restaurant for beers and food right alongside the ship
Shopped in port side shops. Industrial port with nothing around. Nice pool and restaurant for beers and food right alongside the ship Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Not too much to see other than beaches and local vendors. We have visited Costa Rica before so weren't too interested in the other excursions (which are very interesting but we didn't need to repeat them). An hour walking around ... Read More
Not too much to see other than beaches and local vendors. We have visited Costa Rica before so weren't too interested in the other excursions (which are very interesting but we didn't need to repeat them). An hour walking around was enough for us. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Very disappointed in this port. We were in Costa Rica four years ago so we were surprised that this port was very dirty. We walked around a little bit to check out the area and didn't find much. The BIGGEST disappointment was the ... Read More
Very disappointed in this port. We were in Costa Rica four years ago so we were surprised that this port was very dirty. We walked around a little bit to check out the area and didn't find much. The BIGGEST disappointment was the trash. I got into the ocean using the local beach right there at the port only to have garbage float past me on the waves. The other disappointment was not being able to find an espresso in coffee country. We only located one business with an espresso machine and the employees totally ignored us, so we left. Not a good showing for Costa Rica. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
You can easily walk this port on your own. The town isn't very pretty but it was an ok stop. I wish we had of done a shore excursion after seeing how blah the town was.
You can easily walk this port on your own. The town isn't very pretty but it was an ok stop. I wish we had of done a shore excursion after seeing how blah the town was. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Again, we walked around. Lots of tables just where the ship docks. Looked for free wifi and found it at restaurant, Kiosco on the front street, behind the tables of vendors. Just buy something and you can get wifi.
Again, we walked around. Lots of tables just where the ship docks. Looked for free wifi and found it at restaurant, Kiosco on the front street, behind the tables of vendors. Just buy something and you can get wifi. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We took a private tour with Thumbs Up Tours. The highlight was the crocodile boat tour with many bird sightings and crocodile encounter by boat tour guide Jason. The tour took us to local spots to view monkeys, birds and crocodiles. They ... Read More
We took a private tour with Thumbs Up Tours. The highlight was the crocodile boat tour with many bird sightings and crocodile encounter by boat tour guide Jason. The tour took us to local spots to view monkeys, birds and crocodiles. They had a telescope to help with sightings. The highly recommended lunch was not that good. There was also a quick drive through of Puntarenas. They returned us to the cruise in plenty of time. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was another difficult day for the Captain and passengers. We were warned ahead of time that it was a narrow dock with 2 ships tying up. We had planned on going on a train ride and boat ride but my mother was ill so we cancelled. It ... Read More
This was another difficult day for the Captain and passengers. We were warned ahead of time that it was a narrow dock with 2 ships tying up. We had planned on going on a train ride and boat ride but my mother was ill so we cancelled. It turned out that the people on that excursion were among the greatly delayed passengers and that as the excursion had left late much of where they went was dark by the time they got there. As we weren't among those who were on the excursions we can't really comment on how it was all handled. I know many were mad about various things including waiting a long time in the hot sun for their buses to arrive. At 8 pm we were told that we were still waiting for 260 passengers. The ship had been due to depart at 6:30, The last passengers arrived on board just after 10. There was a market just off the dock. It was a long dock. The market was ok, .but very crowded. There were 2 ships in port at the same time. If the aisle in the middle had been wider it would have been easier for people to get through and look at each of the stands. There was a beach right next to the dock so I managed to dip my feet in the water there too. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017

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