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Central America Cruises

A Central-American cruise has many often overlooked destinations to discover. Usually incorporated into part of a Caribbean cruise or sailing through the world-famous Panama Canal from Panama City to Colon, Central America boasts ancient Mayan temples, paradise beaches and colourful wildlife. Soak in the sun, snorkel and swim with dolphins in the blue waters of Little French Keys and Cozumel, or head to the east coast and Puntarenas, Costa Rica, to whizz over waterfalls on a zip line and whale watch during migration season.

Central America Cruise Deals

Surrounded by the popular destinations of the Caribbean, Galapagos Islands and South America, Central America cruises are often overlooked as a destination in themselves. Formed of seven countries- Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama- with a cruise and stay package you can make even more out of your cruise by adding a city break onto the beginning or end of your holiday.

Best time for a Central America cruise

With consistently warm weather all year round, Central America cruises offer great destinations whenever you choose to go. However, if you'd like to avoid the rainy season, it's best to cruise between November and May, with temperatures reaching their highest in April, although these months can get crowded and cruise fares will be higher than if you choose to go in the off season.

What to do on a Central America Cruise

Cruises to Central America are a great option from families to couples and even solo travellers as with so much to see and do, there's some for the oldest, youngest and all guests in between. For nature and wildlife lovers there's the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spot whales, monkeys and tropical birds. For anyone who likes to get stuck into the culture of each destination, there's the opportunity to experience local events depending on when you cruise, including the famous Semana Santa in Guatemala or the surfing championship in Costa Rica.

Top Central America Cruise Destinations and Shore Excursions

Little French Key

Floating off the coast of Honduras, Little French Key is the perfect spot for soaking up the sunshine and trying your hand at some water sports, including kayaking and scuba diving, during your Central America cruise. After a day of adventure, relax in the heat as you tuck into some tasty cuisine and refreshing cocktails with views out over the sparkling blue water.

Belize City

If you're looking for a city adventure then Belize city is the perfect destination. Brimming with vibrant life and culture, you can spend your time here browsing the quirky shops and learning more about the history of this part of the world at the Museum of Belize. Alternatively, art lovers are guaranteed to enjoy looking at the local art at the Image Factory gallery. Before you leave, don't forget to tuck into some of the delicious local cuisine.


For those wanting to see what Costa Rica has to offer, Puntarenas is a great starting point with its beautiful beaches and sea life sanctuary. However, if you want to see more of this incredible country, take a shore excursion to the butterfly garden and walk through the treetops, admire the scenery during a horseback ride or discover just how the coffee plantations work.

Panama Canal

For many Central America cruises, a journey down the Panama Canal is a real highlight. Along the way you'll be able to marvel at the breathtaking scenery of tropical rainforests and rugged banks, with the chance to stop off at ports along the way to see just how important this waterway has been to life in Panama.

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