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Example 16 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Discover Costa Rica and Panama highlights on this 16-day caribbean cruise aboard the luxury Safari Voyager. Explore colonial forts and tropical islands on this fascinating adventure journey. Keep your senses alert for marine life and kayak, hike, snorkel, or explore the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Transit through the Panama Canal on your way to the Caribbean Sea and finish your expedition in magnificent Panama City.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San José, Costa Rica
Day 2 : San José, Costa Rica | Embark
Day 3 : Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 4 : Curú National Wildlife Refuge
Day 5 : Osa Conservation Area
Day 6 : Golfo Dulce
Day 7 : Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama
Day 8 : Gulf of Panama Islands | Panama Canal
Day 9 : Colón | Panama City
Day 10 : Guna Yala
Day 11 : Guna Yala
Day 12 : Chagres River | Panamá Canal
Day 13 : Pearl Islands Archipelago
Day 14 : Darién Jungle
Day 15 : Darien Jungle | Marine Life Search
Day 16 : Panama City, Panama | Disembark

Highlights

  • Snorkel, kayak and paddle board in turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga
  • Explore Osa Conservation Area, home of 2.5% of the planet´s biodiversity
  • Meet one of the best-preserved native cultures in the Americas, Guna Yala
  • Discover the golden sand and topaz-colored waters of the Pearl Islands
  • Sail in search of bottlenose dolphins, turtles, small sharks, and whales

Ship

Safari Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Kayaking through the Costa Rican rainforest Scarlet Macaws seen during Costa Rica vacation Cultural and wildlife encounters in Panama Panama

Day 1 San José, Costa Rica

Welcome to the land of pura vida! On arrival in the capital city of San José, be warmly greeted at the airport and transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel for your overnight stay. Relax and unwind, enjoying the hotel’s amenities or nearby attractions.

Day 2 San José, Costa Rica | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a morning of leisure or set out to explore nearby sites and cafes. In the afternoon join your fellow adventurers at the hospitality area in the Intercontinental Hotel. After everyone has gathered, travel to the Caldera Port on the Pacific Ocean and meet your enthusiastic crew on the Safari Voyager.

Day 3 Manuel Antonio National Park

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Boasting 109 species of mammals, over 330 bird species, and abundant marine life among its incredibly diverse plant life, Manuel Antonio National Park provides endless opportunity for discovery. Jungle hike and keep your eyes tuned to the canopy above, watching for two- and three-toed sloths, white-faced capuchins, scarlet macaws, many-colored tanagers, coatis, iguanas, and other colorful and camouflaged creatures. And, prepare your ears for the screeching of howler monkeys.

Day 4 Curú National Wildlife Refuge

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kick off your week of adventure on the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—untamed wildlife, lush scenery, and active recreation. Local “residents” include a variety of different animal, reptile, avian, and insect species, including frigatebirds and hummingbirds, and army ants and butterflies. Hike in Curú National Wildlife Refuge—a prime place to inspect diverse flora and fauna. Off shore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddle board.

Day 5 Osa Conservation Area

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Adventure lies around every bend in the isolated, wild Osa Conservation Area, home to the country’s largest national park, Corcovado. The area is known for its diverse plant and animal species—a whopping 2.5% of the entire planet’s biodiversity is found here—including all four of Costa Rica’s monkeys, tree frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. Explore this vast area putting feet to trail on an invigorating hike through the jungle. At the end of the day, enjoy the sunset with a tropical beverage in-hand during cocktail hour and retell stories of the day with your travel-mates.

Day 6 Golfo Dulce

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A birder’s paradise, explore a tropical preserve exploding with vibrant color. From bromeliads, ginger plants, and heliconias, to toucans, hummingbirds, mischievous monkeys, and fluttering butterflies—there’s a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and tastes in every tree and bush you pass on your walking tour. In Golfo Dulce, which separates Oso Peninsula from the mainland, explore the rare flora and fauna of mangroves by kayak and skiff.

Day 7 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park, Panama

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at the postcard-perfect Granito de Oro islet. Offering a little bit of everything despite its small size, volcanic outcroppings at either end of this tiny landmass and a dense, mini-jungle in the center are connected by gorgeous white sand beach. Named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites, your day of play features snorkeling among abundant marine life, kayaking around rocky outcroppings, and lounging on the warm sand. It’s another perfect day in paradise.

Day 8 Gulf of Panama Islands | Panama Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The diverse islands and islets in the Gulf of Panamá are all unique, and today, it's captain’s choice as you cruise among them. Enjoy superb bird watching of hundreds of avian species on an exciting skiff exploration, or stroll a charming coastal village that boasts the hemisphere’s second oldest church. Prepare to experience one of the top bucket-list destinations—transit from ocean to ocean along the 48-mile Panamá Canal. Truly a marvel of engineering and human tenacity, it took 9,000 workers to build it. At a special captain’s dinner, toast to your absolutely unforgettable voyage and the adventures you’ve experienced so far.

Day 9 Colón | Panama City

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During the morning ride to Panamá City, take in historic sites. At Miraflores Locks, watch large ships transit the canal and learn the waterway’s history during a presentation by the Panamá Canal Authority. A drive through the former US Panamá Canal Zone ends at Casco Viejo—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy lunch and a stroll through Casco Viejo’s colonial compound with spectacular views from the top of old city’s wall—fishing boats dotting the Pacific Ocean, massive ships lined up for the canal transit, and the skyline of modern Panamá City. Returning to the Safari Voyager, sail toward the beautiful Guna Yala. 

Day 10 Guna Yala

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home to one of the best-preserved native cultures in the Americas, the indigenous province of Guna Yala (formerly the San Blas Islands) encompasses over 360 islands of white sand beaches backed by palm trees and dotted with thatched-roofs. Discover the remarkable heritage of the Guna (or Kuna)—don’t pass on a chance to buy their colorful handcrafted “molas.” Enjoy the natural wonders of these islands with a snorkel in the crystalline Caribbean waters.

Day 11 Guna Yala

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Another beautiful day awaits in Guna Yala. Slow the pace lazily lounging on a beach or taking an easy stroll in the sand with views of the brilliant sea. Snorkel, paddle board, or kayak among these picture-perfect islands.

Day 12 Chagres River | Panamá Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Once the 'world’s most valuable river,' and Panama’s largest, was the route by which Incan gold was transported in Colonial times. Today, it is still a vital artery of the Canal. Walk among the battlements and canons of San Lorenzo Fort—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. If conditions allow, see the wild side of the river by skiff, paddle board, and kayak. Hundreds of avian species live in this migration hot-spot—ground cuckoos, crested eagle, trogons, toucans, white hawks, with their “neighbor” monkeys, wild pigs, white tailed deer, and other wildlife.  Later, transit the Panamá Canal back between the two seas to the Gulf of Panamá.

Day 13 Pearl Islands Archipelago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Golden sand meets topaz-colored water, and beaches make way for lush vegetation and rocky volcanic outcroppings on the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of Las Perlas—the Pearl Islands. Almost entirely uninhabited, the islands are host to a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Mid-summer through early-fall, the archipelago is frequented by dolphins and humpbacks—so keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic spinning and telltale blow spouts. Select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and set out in a nature lovers’ dreamscape.

Day 14 Darién Jungle

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Untouched and untamed, the Darién Jungle is nearly as wild and magnificent today as it was for early conquistadors 500 years ago. Traveling the Mogue River by motorized dugout canoe, your expedition guide helps you spot wildlife—astonishingly-colored roseate spoonbills, ibises, osprey, and raccoons can be seen fishing for breakfast from the water’s edge. After welcoming formalities at a local Emberá village, share their customs and stories, and have an opportunity to buy handicrafts from the villagers, including their highly-prized and intricately-woven rainforest baskets.

Day 15 Darien Jungle | Marine Life Search

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. Then set sail in search of wildlife, keeping watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, smaller shark species, and early in the season for migrating whales. This festive evening includes a special farewell dinner and celebratory slideshow from your expedition team.

Day 16 Panama City, Panama | Disembark

After an early breakfast, bid adiós to your crew. Transfer to the airport for your flight home or to begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay.

Safari Voyager

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Per person starting at
$7,595
Single Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Single Stateroom
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Master Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #103-108
Commander Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Commander Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #205-206, 209-212, 215-222
Captain Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Captain Stateroom
Fixed twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #308, 310, 312
Safari Voyager's Admiral Stateroom.
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Admiral Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower (youth-sized sofa bed for triple). #307, 309
Jr. Commodor Suite aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Jr. Commodore Suite
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, refrigerator, flat screen TV/DVD, view window, private bath with shower (sofa bed for triple). #201-204
Owner's Suite on the Safari Voyager
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Owner's Suite
King or twin beds, sitting area w/wet bar, refrigerator, media center, view windows, private bath w/Jacuzzi & shower (sofa bed for triple).

Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy
- Children ages 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

Included in Your Fare:
- Group transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day
- Entry fees to national parks/preserves
- From-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment
- Exclusive activities and shore visits
- All meals aboard the vessel
- Premium wine, beer and liquor (excludes super-premium wines)
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Wellness amenities
- Onboard expedition/heritage guides and guest experts

Not included in Your Fare:
Airfare to and from your home city
- Discretionary gratuities to vessel's cew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees

Included

  • 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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