Central America Cruises

Active volcanoes and lush rainforests, indigenous cultures and pristine Caribbean waters, famous nature parks and astounding wildlife, ancient ruins and fiery music: There are millions of reasons to explore.

Central America

Hop on an unforgettable cruise to Central America, and experience life from a whole new perspective. A visit to Central America can be both thrilling and relaxing as your holiday could offering you an array of attractions, including dives in pristine turquoise waters, tours to ancient Mayan ruins, walks through bustling markets and visits to untouched nature reserves. This region is full of history, colour, culture and beautiful scenery. Cruise to Central America, and see the ruins of Spanish forts, relax on idyllic beaches and experience diverse cultures in all their splendour.

Central America delivers some of the most stunning beaches in the world, perfect for relaxing or engaging in adrenaline-pumping water sports. Whatever you do, don't miss out on Central America's indigenous heartland of Guatemala. Panama and Costa Rica offer you the opportunity to trek into the jungle to discover the hidden wonders of Central America. While you're there, don't forget to snap some pictures of the astonishing wildlife and exotic plants, go on an adventure and journey through the rainforest on foot and visit the ruins of the once great Mayan civilisation, whose territory spread from Mexico to Honduras.

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Expert Tips for Cruising through Central America
Our Recommendations
  From Miami
American Rhythms & Caribbean Colours
American Rhythms & Caribbean Colours
21 Nights Caribbean, ...
 MSC Seaside
p.p.from $6,119
New York, Mediterranean & more
New York, Mediterranean & more
21 Nights Southern Europe, ...
 MSC Divina
p.p.from $6,149
Expedition from Miami to San Francisco via Zanzibar
Expedition from Miami to San Francisco via Zanzibar
146 Nights with the Seabourn Sojourn
p.p.from $92,999
Travelling from Miami via Philipsburg
Travelling from Miami via Philipsburg
10 Nights with the MSC Divina
p.p.from $1,809
Journey from Miami with the Seven Seas Mariner
Journey from Miami with the Seven Seas Mariner
131 Nights with the Seven Seas Mariner
p.p.from $99,150
  Two-Week Cruises
Cruise with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
Cruise with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
15 Nights with the Ruby Princess
 October 2020 - March 2021
p.p.from $2,478
Journey with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
Journey with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
15 Nights with the Grand Princess
 February 2020 - May 2020
p.p.from $2,439
Journey with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
Journey with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
15 Nights with the Grand Princess
 November 2019 - April 2020
p.p.from $2,319
16 day cruise from San Francisco
16 day cruise from San Francisco
15 Nights with the Grand Princess
p.p.from $2,319
Trip with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
Trip with Princess Cruises from San Francisco
15 Nights with the Ruby Princess
p.p.from $2,618
  Super Sales
55 day journey from Tilbury (London)
55 day journey from Tilbury (London)
54 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
p.p.from $7,375
Delightful sail from Tilbury with Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Delightful sail from Tilbury with Cruise and Maritime Voyages
58 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
p.p.from $7,897
8 day cruise with the Harmony of the Seas to Port Canaveral
8 day cruise with the Harmony of the Seas to Port Canaveral
7 Nights with the Harmony of the Seas
p.p.from $1,451
121 day voyage from Tilbury (London)
121 day voyage from Tilbury (London)
120 Nights with the Columbus
p.p.from $16,650
8 day cruise with the Harmony of the Seas to Port Canaveral
8 day cruise with the Harmony of the Seas to Port Canaveral
7 Nights with the Harmony of the Seas
p.p.from $1,328
Our Recommendations
16 day cruise with the Coral Princess to San Francisco
16 days visiting the Caribbean and Central America including a day cruising the Panama Canal. This return journey sets off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a great port with fantastic infrastructure, making your embarkment and disembarkment easy and stress-free.
Our advice:
Included in this exciting itinerary are 8 days at sea, so you can really kick back and relax on board the Coral Princess. Enjoy an incredible range of top class cuisine, as well as exciting evening entertainment.

  • Fort Lauderdale - San Francisco
  • Canada and the USA East Coast,South America,Pacific,Caribbean,Panama Canal,Central America,North America,USA West Coast
  • 02.11.2019

from $2,838
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Travelling from Miami with the Norwegian Joy
This fantastic twelve-night expedition with Norwegian Cruise Line will give you more value for your money. You will cruise onboard the Norwegian Joy to all the best port towns in the area on this comprehensive tour of Central America, including Cartegena, Colombia; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; and Roatan, Honduras.
Our advice:
The second largest coral reef in the world (behind our own Great Barrier Reef, of course) is located in Roatan, Honduras. So, why not try your hand at diving or snorkelling during your day in port?

  • Miami - Miami
  • South America,Pacific,Caribbean,Panama Canal,Central America,North America
  • 16.02.2021

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Magnificent sail from Miami with MSC Cruises
This longer, 22 night voyage packs in many amazing ports throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Central America is on the agenda with ports in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and finally, Mexico.
Our advice:
As your holiday starts out in Miami, Florida, it could be a great idea to arrive a day or two early to get used to the time zone, ensuring you board the cruise energised and ready to explore.

  • Miami - Miami
  • South America,Pacific,Caribbean,Panama Canal,Central America,North America
  • 25.11.2019

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Top Central American Ports
Miami, Florida, USAfrom

Miami, situated on the Atlantic coast in Southeast Florida, is the world's busiest cruise port. An array of world-famous beaches such as South Beach, which is known for its vibrant nightlife scene, continue to put the city on the map for cruise vacationers. Miami is home to many beautiful and lush national parks and botanical gardens, such as Biscayne National Park and the divine Pinecrest Gardens.

Highlights of Miami
  • Soak up the sun on one of Miami's world-class beaches
  • Take some time off and explore Coconut Grove, once known as an oasis for free-thinkers
  • Enjoy the restaurants and bars that Little Havana and Calle Ocho have to offer
San Juan, Puerto Ricofrom

San Juan is the capital and largest city of Puerto Rico. As a cruising hot spot in the Caribbean, San Juan offers all of the amenities and attractions of a modern city. The city is divided into Old and New San Juan. Old San Juan dates back five centuries and is known for its colourful buildings and old forts, which once protected the island. El Morro is a well-known fort that now houses a small military museum. At the city walls that surround San Juan is The Paseo de la Princesca, a beautiful promenade with shops, restaurants, and gorgeous views.

Highlights of San Juan
  • Explore the popular resorts of Isla Verde
  • Marvel at the colourful buildings that line Old San Juan
  • Discover the colonial history of the San Juan Historical Site
Cozumel, Mexicofrom

The Mexican island of Cozumel, located in the Caribbean off the coast of the Yucatan peninsula, has a rich ancient history. Even today, visitors from all over the world flock to the island to observe the religious centre and temples that the Maya peoples built on the island centuries ago. Cozumel is also famous for its diving opportunities: Visitors can dive around beautiful coral reefs or to the Underwater Museum of Art.

Highlights of Cozumel
  • Scuba dive in the Arrecife Palancar coral reef
  • Uncover Cozumel's oldest historical village El Cedral
  • Relax at El Cielo, Cozumel's best kept secret
Panama Canalfrom

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans together. Since the canals opening in 1914, this channel has become one of the most important waterways in the world, earning itself the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Over 815,000 ships have traveled this canal in the last 100 years. Not only does the Panama Canal allow for passage between two of most immense oceans but it also provides great access to some of the most culture rich and vibrant destinations in Panama.

Highlights of Panama Canal
  • First opened in 1914, It's one of the worlds greatest engineering feats
  • Provides access to someof the most beautiful destinations in the Central Americas
  • Allows ships to pass between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean in under eight hours
Costa Maya, Mexicofrom

Costa Maya is a Caribbean tourist area that stretches along the eastern Yucatan Peninsula. The region boasts gorgeous beaches and biosphere reserves with coral reefs, mangroves and jungles that house sharks, dolphins, turtles, jaguars, monkeys and many bird species. In addition to the picturesque landscapes, tourists can also visit the palaces and temples that the Maya peoples built here more than 1,500 years ago.

Highlights of Costa Maya
  • Dive to the Banco Chinchorro, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere
  • Head south to the town of Xcalakits and its white sand beaches
  • Swim in the Laguna Bacalar, a crystal clear lagoon surrounded by jungle
Grand Turk Island, Turks and Caicos Islandsfrom

Located in the Atlantic, Grand Turk Island is a part of the British Turks and Caicos Islands and the largest island of the Turk Islands. The capital of the archipelago is Cockburn Town, located on Grand Turk Island. The island is considered the archipelago's cultural, administrative and financial centre. The blend of colonial-style buildings, picturesque beaches and local dining make the island an unforgettable location.

Highlights of Grand Turk
  • Explore the protected coral reefs on a diving tour
  • Spend a day relaxing at Sun Ray Beach, Pillory Beach or Gibbs Cay
  • Tour the island from above in the zip-line and aerial adventure park
Cabo San Lucas, Mexicofrom

Cabo San Lucas is located at the southernmost tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula. The resort city, a popular holiday home for the rich and famous, is also well-loved among tourists for its pristine beaches, range of water activities and thrilling nightlife. The Arch is a distinct rock formation in the region and is only accessible at low tide as the vast sandy beaches are submerged when the water is high.

Highlights of Cabo San Lucas
  • Dance to the rock and roll scene at Cabo Wabo
  • Chase after whales off of Baja
  • Dine on authentic Mexican cuisine at Mi Casa
Roatán, Hondurasfrom

Roatán is a Caribbean Bay Island that floats about 60 kilometres north of mainland Honduras. The largest of the islands, it is famous for its white sand beaches and numerous snorkelling and diving sites. Together with its sister islands of Roatán, they make up the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world, which is home to diverse marine life, such as whale sharks.

Highlights of Roatán
  • Enjoy the ocean views while zip-lining at South Shore Canopy Zipline
  • Interact with the island animals at the beachfront Gumbalimba Park
  • See the native flora on guided tours in the Carambola Gardens
Puerto Caldera, Costa Ricafrom

Puerto Caldera is a small port town in Costa Rica. The town lies on the Gulf of Nicoya and is surrounded by beautiful conservation areas featuring wonderful beaches and coves. Casa de la Cultura, the town's cultural centre, boasts a theatre and art gallery. Parque Marino del Pacifico, on the main boulevard Paseo de los Turistas, offers visitors an aquarium and rescue centre for seahorses, turtles and crocodiles.

Highlights of Puerto Caldera
  • Experience breathtaking views and wildlife at the Reserva Biologica Carara
  • Uncover the history of Puerto Caldera at the Museo Histórico Marino
  • Treat your taste buds to a meal at El Shrimp Shack
Puerto Vallarta, Mexicofrom

Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on the Pacific coast of Mexico that is popular among tourists for its picturesque beaches, adrenaline-pumping water sports and lively nightlife scene. Cobblestone streets with shops, restaurants, cafes and ornate buildings flow through the town's hushed centre. The lively seaside promenade El Malecón, on the other hand, is lined with bars, lounges, nightclubs and contemporary art.

Highlights of Puerto Vallarta
  • Study the sculptures lining the town's twelve-block promenade
  • Watch the breaching whales from Islas Marietas National Park
  • Swim with dolphins and enjoy the water slides at Aquaventuras Park
Puerto Quetzal, Guatemalafrom

Puerto Quetzal is Guatemala's largest port on the Pacific Ocean. The southern part of Puerto Quetzal is particularly important for both freight and passenger transport. Craft and souvenir markets are situated right at the port. In the immediate vicinity, cruise passengers may also enjoy relaxing bars, a restaurant and performances from Marimba bands. Those who chose to take an inland tour may visit the city of La Antigua.

Highlights of Puerto Quetzal
  • Play a few holes at the world-class La Reunion Golf Course
  • Admire the wildlife at the Auto Safari Chapin Zoo
  • Buy local artisan products at the port markets
Puerto Limòn, Costa Ricafrom

Puerto Limon is Costa Rica's biggest port city on the Caribbean coast. The city's port is very busy all year round, the ships are transporting truckloads of fruit and other goods. Although, cruise ships stop for a visit regularly between October and May, Puerto Limon is not as welcoming and pampering to its tourists as one would hope. However, if you are looking for a good base to explore the array of national parks around the city, you are in the right place.

Highlights of Puerto Limon
  • Enjoy Costa Rica's traditional cuisine at Soda el Patty
  • Visit the sloth sanctuary to learn all about the adorable animals
  • Take a ride on an arial tram at the Braulio Carrillo National Park
Amber Cove, Dominican Republicfrom
The Caribbean’s newest destination, Amber Cove Cruise Center, is located in the Dominican Republic on the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata in the country’s North Coast.The new facility represents one of the largest cruise industry investments ever made in the Dominican Republic. The project is designed to re-establish the Dominican Republic’s North Coast as a popular cruise destination.
Colón, Panamafrom

Colón is located in Limon Bay, at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal and is traditionally referred to as “Panama’s second city”. On the decline since the 1960’s due to politically instigated riots and Panama’s subsequent military dictatorships, Colón has undergone an impressive restoration and renovation project since 2014. Now is an exciting time to visit the city as its brand new facelift has brought positivity and hope back to locals. Historic buildings and monuments, along with public parks and other infrastructure are the focus of #RenovationColon.

Highlights of Colón
  • Enjoy Gatun Locks, if you either pass through them onboard, or just sit and watch the activity here
  • Fort San Lorenzo is a 1595 fortress built during the reign of King Phillip II
  • Enjoy a train ride through the jungle along the Panama Canal Railway

Belize City, Belizefrom

The Central American port town of Belize City is divided into two halves by the Haulover Creek, which can be crossed via the manually operated Swing Bridge. In the northern half of the city, tourists can learn about the county's history at the Museum of Belize. The south side boasts colonial buildings, such as Saint John's Cathedral and the wooden Government House from the nineteenth century.

Highlights of Belize City
  • Take a stroll through the colourful Fort Street Tourism Village
  • View the wild manatees from the coral island of Caye Caulker
  • Go diving in the Great Blue Hole on Belize's largest island Ambergris Caye
Central America

Connecting two larger continents, Central America is a wondrous belt of islands and lands bursting with year-round sunshine, exotic wildlife, rich forests, crystal blue waters and long white sand beaches. A cruise to this part of the world promises to be an experience filled with sunshine, culture and history. Discover vibrant cultural meccas and cities with rich colonial pasts in the tropical region of Central America. Explore areas rich in African, European and Creole heritage. View the wonders of ancient civilisations such as Tikal, Palenque and Copán. See colourful cultures vary from region to region, and travel from the tropical soul of Belize to the rich Mayan culture of Mexico.

Visit the world-famous Panama Canal, a ship passageway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, a key transport waterway for international trade. The island nation’s capital Panama City is a central hub both nationally and internationally as history and modernism intertwine in this bustling centre. On a cruise to Panama, you cannot miss out on a visit to the city’s oldest region, the sixteenth-century Panama Viejo ruins, one of the oldest European settlements in the New World. Amble along Old Panama’s Craft Market, where you will find a vast array of of beadwork, painted hats, ceramic art work and more.