Central America Cruises

Incredible history, spectacular scenery, and more…

As the name suggests, Central America lies between North and South America, a narrow stretch of land that nonetheless comprises a range of countries, each with their own wonders. Discover vast expanses of vibrant rainforest, sheltering rare animals and Mayan ruins alike beneath their canopies, as well as beautiful sandy beaches bordering an ocean that teems with fish and coral. Explore unique and diverse cultures and histories as well as the marvels of the natural world on your cruise to Central America.

Handcrafted Cruise Packages

AE Expeditions

Costa Rica and Panama Canal

  • 18 Apr 2024 - 01 May 2024
  • 12 Nights Greg Mortimer
  • 1 Nights in San Jose
  • Fly Cruise

13 nights including Delta Air Lines flights from £8,141 per person

Helpful Tips to Know Before You Go

  • The best time to visit much of Central America is December to April, in the dry season where you’ll see the least rain. However, temperatures will be warm with a great deal of sunny weather year-round. If you want to experience a Panama Canal crossing, this must be done between October and April.
  • Pack appropriately for the weather. Most places on your cruise to Central America will be warm and sunny year-round, but if you’re travelling in summer, you’ll want to be especially careful with your sun protection. Bring high SPF reef-safe suncream, take sunhats and covering clothing, and keep hydrated.
  • If you want to go hiking in the rainforest or elsewhere, bring good walking shoes and bug spray. If you’re checking out any mountainous areas, a light jacket is a good idea too, as high-altitude areas can get chillier than you might expect in summer.
  • Most countries in Central America are Spanish-speaking, so knowing a few key phrases in the language might be helpful. Currencies will vary, however, so look into your itinerary and consider taking along some cash of the correct kinds for your trip.
  • Take advantage of local guides. Particularly when taking tours of rainforests or reefs, the locals will often know the best places to spot particular fish, animals, or especially gorgeous sights. Making sure you’re booking a local guide is a great way to make the best of your time in port.

Things To Do

  • Experience a full transit of the Panama Canal. Central America cruises often include a partial or full transit of the Panama Canal in their itineraries – an iconic experience that is not to be missed. Witnessing the marvel of human engineering that created this canal, enjoying the spectacular scenery that surroundings, and taking advantage of the observation areas on your cruise ship to make the best of it…the crossing will be one to remember.
  • Visit gorgeous Caribbean destinations. The placement of Central America offers opportunities to include Caribbean ports in your itinerary, with places like Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic standing out as gems on your journey. Take in the laid-back Caribbean spirit, hit the beach, and take in the sunshine.
  • Dive into the underwater world. Whether you’re a scuba diver or prefer to snorkel along the surface, there’s plenty of fantastic opportunities on your Central American cruise. Belize’s waters include the second largest barrier reef in the world, a submerged paradise of corals and fish, and there’s other ports whose waters are worth exploring too, Costa Rica in particular.
  • Hike through incredible lush rainforests. Many of the possible additions to your itinerary boast verdant rainforests teeming with plants and animals, with a wide array of exotic birds and animals to spot. Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico and more await.
  • Discover incredible history. Central America is home to some of the relics of old and fantastic civilisations, such as the Mayan and Aztec people and their rich and unique cultures. Today in Mexico you can visit ancient ruins of temples, explore displays in museums, and so much more.

Why Book With Kenwood Travel

When you embark on your cruise to Central America, you’ll want it to be the unforgettable experience you’ve been dreaming of, and we’re here to make that happen. With decades of experience in crafting dream cruises, Kenwood Travel’s dedicated team will help you with everything from picking your itinerary to making travel arrangements, and every other detail between. We’ll ensure your Central America cruise is as incredible as can be, with ATOL and ABTA protection as the cherry on top to guarantee peace of mind as well as excellence.

Ports of Call & Places to Explore

Mexico

Mexico

Boasting incredible history and breathtaking scenery alike, Mexico is a must-see country in your Central America cruise. The Mayan and Aztec history of the region shines through in the museums and art, with some speakers of the Aztec language Nahuatl even remaining to this day. Colourful buildings, gorgeous beaches and stunningly-beautiful coast make this a destination to remember.

Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

A beautiful region of the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic is home to the gorgeous sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters you expect of such a place, with plenty of dramatic scenery to appreciate on land as well. Marvel at the mountains, paddle through mangrove forests, hike through the rainforest, or just enjoy time at the beach – there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy your time in port here.  

Panama

Panama

Whether you’re taking part in a full crossing of the Panama canal or just enjoying the ports around it, this is undoubtedly a fantastic part of any itinerary. Marvel at the engineering that created the canal, gaze in awe upon the spectacular scenery of this coastline, and make port in a variety of incredible and vibrant cities. Whether you’re looking forward to the golden sandy beaches or taking a trip into the rainforest to spot wild macaws, you’re sure to never forget your time in Panama.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

A lush country teeming with incredible wildlife and views alike, when you make port in Costa Rica you’ll experience some of the best of the Caribbean. Warm sunny weather makes for a perfect invitation to any of the great beaches, and inland the rainforests are overflowing with exotic animals to spot and photograph. Learn about local history, visit a cacao plantation, and so much more.

Belize

Belize

One of the smallest Central American countries, Belize is home to an array of unique and beautiful ecosystems. From the gorgeous barrier reef that provides a haven for divers and snorkellers, to the verdant rainforests that wreathe old Mayan sites in their greenery, the natural beauty here cannot be overstated. Explore Mayan history, discover the sights of Belize city, then dive right into the wonders that the waters have to offer.

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Our dedicated team brings years of expertise to curating unforgettable cruise holidays, ensuring that every aspect of your voyage is nothing short of perfection.

Emma Sanger-Horwell
Emma Sanger-Horwell
Cruise Expert

Emma Sanger-Horwell, head of cruise. A multi award winning industry veteran with over 30 years experience in the Cruise and luxury travel industry. One of the very first Clia Cruise Masters, she has sailed to all seven continents and visited more than 100 different countries.

Emma is always happy to hear from you, have a chat or help in any way she can. You can reach her by email or phone.

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