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Costa Rica & Panama Canal: Panama City to San José

Example 14 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud
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Explore a city with over a million inhabitants, paradise beaches, and national parks on this incredible 14-day cruise that transits the Panama Canal and makes its way to the Pacific Ocean. Discover a phenomenally diverse range of unspoiled natural scenery, from rainforests, imposing volcanic scenes, and mysterious river banks to picturesque beaches and national marine parks. One of them, Coiba National Park, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Corcovado National Park, one of Costa Rica’s oldest rainforests, is located on the Pacific Peninsula of Osa. This park is home to roughly 400 species of birds and many other animals have been spotted roaming this forest.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Colon, Panama | Embark
Day 2 : Transit the Panama Canal
Day 3 : Islas de las Perlas, Panama
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Isla Coiba, Panama
Day 6 : Golfito | Anchorage Casa Orqideas, Costa Rica
Day 7 : Punta Marenco, Costa Rica
Day 8 : Quepos, Costa Rica
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Days 11-12 : Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
Day 13 : Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica
Day 14 : Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sit back and relax on the picture-perfect beaches of Panama
  • Visit historic Granada, Nicaragua – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Refresh and prepare yourself for the New Year in the Caribbean
  • Enjoy Costa Rica's picture-perfect conservation areas and charming bays

Ship

Sea Cloud

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Typical beachfront restaurant in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua Panama City's Bridge of the Americas Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal Paradise calls Aerial view of San Jose city

Day 1 Colon, Panama | Embark

Arrive in Panama City and board the Sea Cloud. Attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 Transit the Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The idea of connecting the Atlantic and Pacific at the narrowest part of Central America has been around for many hundreds of years, but from a technical perspective this tremendous achievement only became possible much later. The French took on the project in 1881, after the successful opening of the Suez Canal in Egypt in 1869. But it would be more than 30 years before the canal was finally completed in 1914. This masterpiece of technology is just under 82 kilometers (50 miles) long, has 12 lock basins, and negotiates a difference in altitude of 26 meters (85 feet). The Panama Canal is one of the world's most important waterways and most spectacular ship canals.

Day 3 Islas de las Perlas, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
The name of this Pacific archipelago in the Gulf of Panama pre-dates the Spanish conquest to a time when its inhabitants were pearl fishermen and traded in beautiful oyster pearls. Where in previous centuries pirates and buccaneers hid out and buried their loot, other treasures can now be found. Over 200 pearl islands, of which even the smallest are inhabited, form an almost undisturbed paradise with a diverse range of lakes and rivers, enchanting white coral beaches, golden sandy beaches and black volcanic beaches, rounded off with lush green tropical vegetation. The island of Contadora has special significance as the place where U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty in 1977, ceding sovereign rights over the Panama Canal to the Republic of Panama.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 5 Isla Coiba, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Coiba National Park covers the island of Coiba, the largest in the country, and 38 other smaller tiny islets. It is one of the world's largest marine national parks and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Because the island broke off from the mainland around 15,000 years ago, a unique range of flora and fauna and an extraordinary variety of species are preserved here. Beautiful deserted beaches nestle up to the delightful turquoise sea.

Day 6 Golfito | Anchorage Casa Orqideas, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Punta Marenco, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the oldest rainforests in Costa Rica is on the Osa Peninsula in the Pacific Ocean. The impenetrable Corcovado National Park is home to jaguars, tapirs, pumas, ocelots, anteaters and around 400 species of birds. Some trees grow to 80 meters (262 feet) in height with trunks that are three meters (10 feet) thick. The time of explorers seeking the legendary gold of Eldorado in the untouched rainforest is over; today the many rare animal and plant species are the real treasure.

Day 8 Quepos, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Quepos was a lively little port at the time of booming banana exports. Today it is a gateway to Manuel Antonio National Park, which lies to the south. The park covers an area of just 683 hectares and is one of the most diverse rainforests in Costa Rica. Paths lead you from the beautiful sandy beach straight to the heart of this untamed green kingdom. More than 1,000 varieties of plant and prolific wildlife, including whole herds of inquisitive apes, sloths, coatis and raccoons, iguanas, many species of bird, and unique colorful butterflies have made this place their home.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the ship's luxurious amenities as it sails to Nicaragua.

Day 10 San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The beautiful colonial city of Granada lies at the foot of the Mombacho Volcano and on the western bank of Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America with its own archipelago of around 300 islands. The country's oldest town, it was founded by the Spanish in 1524. It was often attacked by pirates in colonial times due to its growing wealth as one of the most important trading places. This important historic legacy has received special protection, and the place is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old city around the Parque Centrale is a magnificently restored treasure with its splendid Spanish facades, Cathedral, and monasteries.

Day 11-12 Playas del Coco, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
On the weekends, the beaches of Playas del Coco are likely to be populated with young Ticos hoping to swim and catch some sun. Take a river trip through the jungle areas, rice fields, and sugar cane plantations and discover animals that are native to the shores of the Rio Corobici. Palo Verde National Park stretches along one bank of the Rio Tempisque. It features the densest population of waterfowl in the whole of Costa Rica and is one of the best areas for bird watching in Central America - almost 300 species of bird have been identified here. The best vantage point to see them is on a boat trip through the mangroves.

Day 13 Isla Tortuga, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isla Tortuga is on the Gulf of Nicoya on Costa Rica's Pacific coast. It actually consists of two islands - Isla Tolinga and Isla Alcatraz, with the latter known as Tortuga. The turquoise ocean, blue sky, deep green palms, and white sandy beaches make "turtle island" a heavenly place to stop for a swim and its many fishes make it a colorful place for snorkeling.

Day 14 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica and disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.

Sea Cloud

Per person starting at
$9,895
A Category 5 cabin
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Category 5
Promenade Deck. Porthole, upper/lower single beds, small sofa, desk, closet, safe, A/C, private bath with shower.
A Category 4 cabin
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Category 4
Promenade Deck. Panorama window, two single beds, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, A/C, private bath with shower.
A Category 3 Twin-Bed Cabin
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Category 3
Promenade Deck. Panorama window, two single beds, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, A/C, private bath with shower.
A Category 2 Twin-Bed Cabin
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Category 2
Captain's and Lido Deck. Panorama window, two single beds, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, A/C, private bath with shower.
A deluxe Category 1 Cabin
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Category 1
Captain's and Lido Deck. Corner panorama window, king size bed with two separate mattresses, one chair, one nightstand, closet, dressing table, safe, A/C, private bath with shower.
Sea Cloud Category C Cabin
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Category C
Main Deck. Portholes, double bed, one chair, table, two nightstands, dressing table with mirror, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with shower or tub.
A deluxe Category B Cabin
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Category B
Main Deck. Portholes, two single beds or king bed with two separate mattresses, one or two chairs, nightstand, decorative marble fireplace, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with shower or tub.
A deluxe Category A Cabin
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Category A
Main Deck. Portholes, large double bed, two armchairs, antique nightstands, table or antique secretary, decorative marble fireplace, desk, walk-in closet, safe, A/C, private bath with tub and portholes.

Notes

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • The use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers 

Included

  • 13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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