Beaches, Culture & Colonial History of Central America (Southbound)

Price from $5,321

Departure date
9 days

Cruise Overview

Discover picturesque beaches and diverse cultures

  • 9-day expedition cruise down Central America's Pacific coastline, from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico to El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

  • Discover remnants of colonial history and visit coastal communities, from pretty San Juan del Sur to arty León, and Acajutla's ancient roots.

  • Spot incredible wildlife like dolphins, turtles, sharks, rays, crocodiles and macaws in tropical habitats, such as magnificent Huatulco National Park.

Pacific Coast adventures

Start your journey among the bustling markets of Puerto Vallarta, before enjoying the pristine beaches and extraordinary wildlife of Huatulco National Park. In Puerto Chiapas, you can visit Maya ruins at Izapa, or explore mangrove streams and lagoons on a boat tour.

History and architecture

Sample tasty Salvadorian food in Acajutla and see the exquisite colonial architecture and street art of Nicaragua's liberal Léon. Admire colorful clapboard houses in San Juan del Sur before ending your cruise in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.


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

Enticing Puerto Vallarta

Day 1

Wellness at sea

Day 2–3

Huatulco National Park

Day 4

Mangroves in Mexico

Day 5

Exploring El Salvador

Day 6

Revolutionary León

Day 7

Relax in San Juan del Sur

Day 8

Arrival in Puntarenas

Day 9

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 8-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • Fine-dining À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm is 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, an infinity pool, a sauna, an outdoor and indoor gym, and an outdoor running track
  • Yoga and meditation sessions with an instructor
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel protection

  • 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