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Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (Costa Rica - Panama)

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Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery along the Pacific Ocean coastline of Costa Rica. Explore the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the Darrien Jungle, and cross the celebrated Panama Canal, an event for every avid cruise goer. Each day discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Puntarenas | Curu, Costa Rica
Day 2 : Curu | Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
Day 3 : Quepos, Costa Rica
Day 4 : Puerto Jimenez | Casa Orquideas Private Reserve | Golfito, Costa Rica
Day 5 : Coiba Island | Granito De Oro Island, Panama
Day 6 : Punta Patino | Darrien, Panama
Day 7 : Amador | Flamenco Marina | Panama Canal Crossing | Colon, Panama
Day 8 : Shelter Bay Marina | Colon, Panama

Ship

Variety Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Butterfly in Costa Rica The Panama Canal Snorkel the clear, tropical waters Friendly Sloth Dock going out into the crystal blue ocean

Day 1 Embark in Puntarenas | Curu, Costa Rica

Embark in Puntarenas this afternoon. Settle in to your cabin as the ship sails to Curu Reserve. Arrive in Curu this evening and overnight at anchor.

Day 2 Curu | Tortuga Island, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join an optional walking excursion with local Rangers in the Curu Nature Reserve. Later, rejoin your ship for a short sailing to Tortuga Island, arriving at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of this paradise island. Join your shipmates on the beach for a BBQ. Spend the afternoon exploring more of this amazing island and overnight at anchor.

Day 3 Quepos, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Very early in the morning, leave Tortuga Island for Quepos. Uppon arrival, transfer to Manuel Antonio Reserve, one of the highlights of the cruise. An optional excursion takes you into Manuel Antonio Park, which consists of three magnificent white-sand beaches, backed by a jungle that shelters hundreds of fascinating plant species. Naturalists lead walks to outstanding wildlife viewing. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with one of the naturalists. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white-sand beach, or take a swim. Optional afternoon excursions: Forest Canopy Tour or Savegre River. Enjoy a tropical evening with dinner and a party.

Day 4 Puerto Jimenez | Casa Orquideas Private Reserve | Golfito, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach Puerto Jimenez and disembark for an optional excursion to explore the Osa Peninsula. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Return to the ship for a late lunch while sailing across Golfo Dulce to Casa Orquideas. Reach Casa Orquideas and explore this beautiful and private Nature Sanctuary on an optional walking excursion. Visit the extensive and very well-preserved grounds. Afterwards, take some time to swim. Sail to Golfito Bay, arriving at midnight for immigration procedures and then sail overnight to Coiba Island, Panama.

Day 5 Coiba Island | Granito De Oro Island, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive on Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Your ship's Naturalist offers an optional walking excursion this morning, taking you on a short, uphill walk to discover the local forest and animal life. Enjoy a beach BBQ before sailing to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life. The island is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the Americas' Pacific coast and marks the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain which encompasses Coco's and the Galapagos. This region offers a unique underwater experience not to be missed. In the afternoon, leave Granito de Oro and sail to Punta Patino-Darrien.

Day 6 Punta Patino | Darrien, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Punta Patino-San Miguel Gulf and join an optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National Park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. Sail upstream on the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangrove ecosystem. Meet Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. Share their lunch and dance with them. In the afternoon return to the ship and sail to Panama City.

Day 7 Amador | Flamenco Marina | Panama Canal Crossing | Colon, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the morning in Flamenco Marina/Amador, Panama City. An optional excursion visits Casco Viejo, Panama City's old Colonial Quarter, and the Panama Canal site (Miraflores Locks and Museum). After lunch on board, start preparing for the Panama Canal crossing. Cross the Miraflores and the San Pedro Locks before reaching the Gatun locks on the Atlantic side. Cross the Gatun Locks in the early hours.

Day 8 Shelter Bay Marina | Colon, Panama

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Shelter Bay Marina in Colon this morning. Disembark and transfer to airport to continue your travels home.

Variety Voyager

Per person starting at
$3,190
Category C cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Lower Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows, private bath facilities.
Category B cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category B
Lower/Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Port hole windows (Lower) or windows (Main), private bath facilities.
Category A cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category A
Main Deck, two twin beds or one double bed. Double windows and private bath facilities.
Category P cabin aboard the Variety Voyager.
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Category P
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities and private marble bath facilities.
Variety Voyager's Owner's Suite.
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Owners Suite
Upper "Horizons" Deck, double windows, special amenities, sofa, private marble bath facilities.

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.
- Please note that shore excursions are offered at additional costs.

Child Discount:
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 10-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount.

Please Note:
Single Supplement is 60% on this journey.

Cruise fares are per person and include:
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local Theme evening and Captain’s Dinner
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort

Not included:
- Port taxes
- Beverages (except those mentioned above)
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
- Crew tips
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at a charge)

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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