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Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) to the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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Panama Canal & Central America
Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

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46 Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) to the Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews


SSICruisertoo avatar

SSICruisertoo

2 Reviews Written

46 Helpful Votes

First Expedition Cruise

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Hubby & I chose the cruise because we wanted a short cruise that included a Panama Canal crossing. This cruise was an expedition cruise focusing on national parks in Costa Rica & Panama. Started in Puerto Caldera, ...
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Sail Date January 2020


kafgill avatar

kafgill

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Interesting Panama Canal Cruise!

The staff were very attentive and accommodating. Most took the time to learn your name. We had a State Room which was spacious and comfortable. A definite plus on a smaller ship which doesn't have a lot of public ...
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Sail Date February 2019


kayaksue avatar

kayaksue

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Fun Combination of Costa Rica Nature and a Panama Canal Crossing

We love the Lindblad / National Geographic Expeditions cruises because of their superb naturalists and their insight into wilderness areas of the world. The Quest is a new ship in the fleet and worked well for ...
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Sail Date December 2018


Mimi A avatar

Mimi A

18 Reviews Written

93 Helpful Votes

Windstar -- Great Upper Premium Line

This was our second Windstar cruise, a back-to-back Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, followed by a Southern Caribbean Sweep itinerary from Colon, Panama to Cartegena, Colombia; Aruba, and Bequia in the Grenadines, ...
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Sail Date March 2018


kctraveler avatar

kctraveler

6 Reviews Written

34 Helpful Votes

Great food and people but ship needs sprucing up

We were looking to go through the Panama Canal on a small ship and not have to visit various Caribbean islands that we have already seen. We had not visited Costa Rica or Panama so the itinerary on this ship fit our ...
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Sail Date January 2018


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Jockwhittlesey

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

One of the Best Weeks of My Life

This was our first Lindblad/National Geographic cruise, and it fully delivered on all counts. The focus is on seeing the environment, birds, and animals of the area, with a Panama Canal transit as a bonus. The ...
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Sail Date December 2017


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LoveAllInclusive

5 Reviews Written

112 Helpful Votes

Cruise Good -- Business Transactions Sometimes Difficult

We chose this cruise for the itinerary as a Panama Canal transit was a bucket list item; the itinerary was excellent, food was great, and service generally good! Our difficulties were with booking the cruise, ...
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Sail Date April 2017


tonykempster avatar

tonykempster

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Energetic, well organised cruise, Overnight transit of Panama Canal the highlight

We choose this cruise primarily because of the transit of the Panama Canal. However, the overall theme of 'adventure' was an important aspect. The ship seemed perfectly suited to the type of cruise, but was ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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NC Garden Traveler

3 Reviews Written

15 Helpful Votes

Very pleasant cruise, but the ship is showing its age

We were on the January 21st sailing of the Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruise. It was our first cruise with Windstar (over the past 10 years Oceania has been our primary line). Our cabin was very spacious and well ...
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Sail Date January 2017


tabby1 avatar

tabby1

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Only way to cruise!

We spent 7 days on the beautiful Star Breeze and were totally spoiled. The crew is very friendly, service is amazing, food is delicious and the cabins are big and beautiful. We did the Naturally Costa Rica cruise ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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jimb1532

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Costa Rica Panama Canal Cruise

This was our 1st cruise on a smaller ship. Really liked the size vs.the bigger ships. Windstar was 1st class from beginning to end. Personnel were friendly, polite,professional and fun. Food was excellent. ...
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Sail Date January 2017


Martha1234 avatar

Martha1234

3 Reviews Written

13 Helpful Votes

Costa Rica & Panama Canal with Zegrahm Expeditions

After 6 National Geographic/Lindblad trips, we made a change and went with Zegrahm Expeditions. What a huge difference after only one trip, we will never go back. We are heading to the Pantanal in Brazil with them ...
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Sail Date April 2016


bb8787 avatar

bb8787

2 Reviews Written

30 Helpful Votes

Love Windstar Cruises

This was our second cruise with Windstar, having sailed the first time on the Windsurf last year, we were excited to see Costa Rica on their new Star Breeze. The ship was not quite full 181 pax)....perfect. We loved ...
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Sail Date March 2016


Tracy345 avatar

Tracy345

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Great Week on the Star Breeze in Costa Rica

Naturally Costa Rica The arrival in to the industrial port doesn’t do this experience justice. But it is very clear when you enter the boat and start interacting with the crew that it is going to be a great ...
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Sail Date March 2016


EESTEIN avatar

EESTEIN

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Enjoyed the small ship experience; first Azamara cruise.

After flying in to San Jose, CR we stayed overnight at Apartotel La Sabana (very nice/good value) and toured across CR with a tour that we had arranged with 3 other couples through Odyssey Tours (very nice). Got a ...
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Sail Date February 2016


CalCarl avatar

CalCarl

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

An Enjoyable Cruise

This was our second Azamara cruise, last year we were on the Quest. This year we were looking for and booked a relaxing cruise which we picked up in Costa Rica and disembarked in San Pedro. As we live in Southern ...
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Sail Date February 2016


dlsnyderpa avatar

dlsnyderpa

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Last Cruise with Azamara

We have cruised with Azamara before and were very pleased. This time we noticed a significant denigration with the quality of the food offered. There were always items at each meal that were acceptable. If we ...
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Sail Date February 2016


Dauna avatar

Dauna

1 Review Written

23 Helpful Votes

Disappointing

Our cruise was Naturally Costa Rica. It's SO disappointing to look forward to a cruise, read about all of the wonderful places "only small ships can go", the "private yacht style", the outstanding service with ...
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Sail Date January 2016


Dittothecat avatar

Dittothecat

3 Reviews Written

19 Helpful Votes

A Poor Cousin to Oceania

This our first Azamara cruise. We have been on similar Oceania R class ships 5 times before. Although in the future we will continue book future cruises based on destination, we would much rather sail with ...
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Sail Date February 2016


LarryHN avatar

LarryHN

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Far Below Previous Windstar Cruises

Trip was a mess and WindStar management could care less - took six weeks to answer my letter of concern and the answer was all incorrect - they are now ignoring my follow up contacts Basically the Star Breeze was ...
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Sail Date January 2016


ctheworld107 avatar

ctheworld107

1 Review Written

12 Helpful Votes

Great Week on the Star Breeze

This was our first cruise on Windstar. We were on the February 13-20, 2016 Star Breeze cruise from Puerto Caldera to Colon, Panama. We flew into San Jose the day before and used the Windstar transfer to the ...
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Sail Date February 2016


Webchip59 avatar

Webchip59

1 Review Written

8 Helpful Votes

A Bucket List Must Have

Our tour of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal was completely awe inspiring. Living in a region where there are many licks on the river, I was amazed and struck by the feat of building and maintaining the Panama ...
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Sail Date February 2016


Rocky4 avatar

Rocky4

3 Reviews Written

18 Helpful Votes

First Time on Windstar... Terrific Cruise!

We have been on many mainstream cruises with Norwegian and Celebrity Cruise Lines. This being our first cruise with Windstar, we were quite impressed with the product and overall had a terrific time. The Star ...
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Sail Date February 2016


VADan avatar

VADan

1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Lucky us

We were lucky; we got a substantial discount, including all shore excursions free, our boat was only half capacity, and the folks we did sail with were some of the most congenial we've ever met. If not for all ...
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Sail Date January 2016


mediapro avatar

mediapro

5 Reviews Written

74 Helpful Votes

Communication is a great trait; wish Windstar understood the concept.

First a disclaimer. I have enjoyed five cruises on the Paul Gauguin and wanted a fair comparison between PG and the recently refitted former Seabourn ships. I understood the key difference between the two - PG ...
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Sail Date January 2016


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