Explore the Nature and Culture of Central America’s Pacific Coast (Southbound)

Departure date
14 days

Cruise Overview

Discover nature, culture, beaches and cities along North and Central America’s Pacific coastline, cruising from San Diego, United States, to Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Beach life

Your expedition cruise starts in San Diego, the perfect place to get acquainted with the Californian way of life. From there, you’ll sail south along the Baja California peninsula to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, both excellent gateways to the Mexican coasts.

A national park and Chocolate City

Discover Huatulco National Park, home to nine scenic bays, 36 pristine beaches and rich marine life. The waters are home to radiant reef fish, sea turtles and dolphins. In Puerto Chiapas, you’ll have a variety of possible optional excursions to pick from. Take in Maya ruins at Izapa, enjoy a salivating visit to Chocolate City, or explore nearby mangrove streams and lagoons in a boat tour.

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. Admire the beauty of colourful Victorian-era clapboard houses in San Juan del Sur, a charming Nicaraguan town famous for its dark sandy beaches and top-notch surfing. When your adventure comes to an end in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, you’ll be taking hundreds of great memories with you back home.


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

America’s finest city

Day 1

The start of an adventure

Day 2

Relax onboard

Day 3

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

Leon: Artistic and Sophisticated City

Day 12

South Pacific beaches

Day 13

End of your expedition cruise

Day 14

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

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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