From many species of wildlife to thriving plant life, coffee plantations, rainforests, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica is a great place to including on a cruise vacation. Where else could you ride an aerial tram over rainforest tree tops or experience it by train? This port city has plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities (especially for coffee!). Among the outdoor sports you can partake in are horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, and zip-lining. Another interesting option when taking a cruise visiting Puerto Caldera is to take a river tour, where you can get an up close look at natural wildlife.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Puerto Caldera, along with a brief description:
♦ Monteverde Cloud Forest
For a truly unique outdoors experience, paying a visit to Monteverde Cloud Forest is a once-in-a-lifetime idea. A perfect activity for before or after your cruise, this forest is filled with a low-hanging fog that only occurs in subtropical environments like Costa Rica, making it seem as though you’re walking through the sky. Things to do within this forest include canopy tours (complete with suspension bridges), birdwatching, hiking, aerial tram tours, tree-climbing tours, and orchid garden tours.
Best known for its handicrafts and colorful oxcarts, Sarchi is a little village located near Puerto Caldera where you can escape to rural Costa Rica. Come to Sarchi before or after your cruise to learn about the history and significance of oxcarts, including how they were once used to transport goods such as coffee. You’ll catch a glimpse of an original oxcart factory and even have the opportunity to purchase your own oxcart! If you’re not much of an oxcart person, there are other souvenirs you can purchase in Sarchi, such as handmade home décor, jewelry, kitchenware, and more.
Costa Rica was the original birthplace of ziplining and when visiting Puerto Caldera, you can try it out for yourself. What’s better than ziplining through the luscious rainforest as the wind whips through your hair? There’s no better way to experience Costa Rica’s beauty. Many cruise lines offer zipline excursions in Puerto Caldera, so check with their excursions desk to book a ziplining tour.
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