Central American Wedding Cruise IdeaWords by Harmony Walton
Photos courtesy of Windstar Cruises
Adventure cruising doesn’t have to be in the icy waters of Alaska. It can also be in a romantic, tropical setting. Get the best of both worlds with a sun-kissed honeymoon full of exotic outdoor activities, all while aboard a cruise ship. And not just any ship, but an intimate power yacht to be specific. The Star Pride of Windstar Cruises takes you through Costa Rica and Panama with just 212 guests on board and a schedule I found perfectly fitting for modern honeymooners seeking something a little different.
Go from a gourmet experience on a private island in Panama, to surf lessons in Costa Rica, a country known for their epic waves. Horseback riding through the rain forest and hiking to a waterfall followed by a refreshing dip are highlights for those seeking exotic romance. This cruise can’t be described without mentioning the day you spend at sea going through the Panama Canal. I can’t say enough about the amazing food and oh-so-friendly service you experience while watching the crew navigate through the locks – a sight everyone should see.
A day at sea will be one of ultimate luxury, thanks to the Star Pride power yacht that houses all suites, most of which include walk-in closets, sitting rooms and bathtubs. Don’t miss out on the little known hot tub on the bow of the ship, a perfect place to get away for a little quiet time for two.
Sadly though, all good things must come to an end. Yet on this cruise, you can extend the good just a little bit longer! A big bonus to this itinerary is the option to add on a three or four-day pre or post-land program. This means zip lining alongside the volcano in Arenal, a night hike in the Cloud Forest of Monteverde or a visit with leatherback turtles in Tortuguero – all iconic Costa Rican destinations that are must-sees in my book.
VERDICT: If you’re accustomed to the creature comforts of a luxury hotel, yet want to experience all the adventures of the rain forest, then this schedule is packed full of memories made for you.
This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2017 issue. You can order a copy here.
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