Costa Rica is a popular cruise destination on many Panama Canal and Western Caribbean itineraries during a season that runs August–May. Most large cruises stop in the country only once. Smaller ships, including those of Windstar Cruises (capacity 148 guests), Paul Gauguin Cruises (88 guests), Variety Cruises (72 guests), and highly recommended, conservation-minded Lindblad Expeditions (62 guests) offer Costa Rica–focused cruises along the Pacific coast that may include calls in neighboring Panama or Nicaragua. Azamara Club and Pullmantur also offer the opportunity to begin and/or end your cruise in Costa Rica.
Azamara Club Cruises. 877/999–9553; www.azamaraclubcruises.com.
Carnival. 800/764–7419; www.carnival.com.
Celebrity. 800/647–2251; www.celebritycruises.com.
Crystal. 888/722–0021; www.crystalcruises.com.
Cunard. 800/728–6273; www.cunard.com.
Holland America. 877/932–4259; www.hollandamerica.com.
Lindblad Expeditions. 800/397–3348; www.expeditions.com.
Norwegian. 866/234–7350; www.ncl.com.
Oceania. 855/623–2642; www.oceaniacruises.com.
P&O Cruises. 877/828–4728; www.poamericas.com.
Paul Gauguin Cruises. 800/848–6172; www.pgcruises.com.
Princess. 800/774–6237; www.princess.com.
Pullmantur Cruises. 888/381-4656; www.pullmanturcruiseline.com.
Regent Seven Seas. 844/473–4368; www.rssc.com.
Royal Caribbean. 866/562–7625; www.royalcaribbean.com.
Silversea. 888/978–4070; www.silversea.com.
Variety Cruises. 800/319–7776; www.varietycruises.com.
Windstar Cruises. 888/216–9373; www.windstarcruises.com.