Arenal Volcano with Coastal Highlights of Central America (Southbound)

Departure date
17 days

Cruise Overview

Discover the coastal gems of Mexico and Central America before exploring a rainforest, a natural park and wildlife sanctuary in the magnificent Arenal Volcano conservation area

Discover the coastal gems of Mexico and Central America before exploring a rainforest, a natural park and wildlife sanctuary in the magnificent Arenal Volcano conservation area.

Beach life and national parks

Your expedition cruise starts in San Diego, the perfect place to get acquainted with the Californian way of life. Sail south along the Baja California peninsula to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, both excellent gateways to the Mexican coasts. Discover the scenic bays, pristine beaches and rich marine life of Huatulco National Park before setting sail for Puerto Chiapas.

Roasted coffee and colonial architecture

Sample typical Salvadorian food and roasted coffee in Acajutla, before exploring the exquisite colonial architecture of Nicaragua’s former capital, Léon via Puerto Corinto. Take in the dark sandy beaches and Victorian-era clapboard houses of San Juan del Sur before ending your cruise in  Puntarenas.

La Paz and Arenal Volcano

Start your Costa Rica adventure in La Fortuna, the home of the magnificent Arenal Volcano. You’ll spend the next two days bathing in natural hot springs and exploring the region. Paddle the Peñas Blancas River, which runs through the lush rainforest. You’ll also enjoy thrilling views as you take a walk among the treetops along a set of canopy-level hanging bridges.

Savour the natural beauty of the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The nature park and animal sanctuary here offers beautiful scenery, orchid and butterfly gardens, and a range of exotic wildlife. End your stay in Costa Rica with an overnight stay in bustling San José.


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

‘America’s finest city’

Day 1

California dreaming

Day 2

Relax on board

Day 3-4

Land’s End in Baja California

Day 4-5

Mexican resort city

Day 6

Serenity at sea

Day 7-8

Bays National Park

Day 9

A city founded on coffee and cocoa

Day 10

A day in El Salvador

Day 11

León: Artistic and sophisticated city

Day 12

Southern Pacific beaches

Day 13

Adventures in Costa Rica

Day 14

Sights and sounds of the rainforest

Day 15

Explore La Paz Waterfall Gardens 

Day 16

The Many Charms of ‘Chepe’  

Day 17

What's included


  • Overnight in San Diego before the expedition cruise, including breakfast


  • Transfer from hotel to ship in San Diego including a half day city tour and lunch before the expedition cruise

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats
  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

Expedition Arenal Volcano/Costa Rica after the cruise

  • Two nights at hotel in the Volcano Arenal Area and one night in San José, including breakfast 
  • 3-course lunch or buffet on Day 1 to 3 and buffet dinner on Day 1 and 2 
  • All transfers and activities as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the programme.  

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

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