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Punta Arenas - Punta Arenas - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Star Clipper
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This 8-day Central America adventure cruise departs from Punta Arenas to Puntarenas. The waters of San Jose Island are considered to be among the best deep-sea fishing grounds in the world due to their abundance of tropical game species. Then, spend a few days at sea exploring islands and participating in Star Clipper's activities while being transported to stunning ports. Head to Islas Tortugas, which stands as the most beautiful island in Costa Rica. Your voyage culminates in the Costa Rican port city of Puntarenas.
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Highlights
  • Spend an afternoon enjoying Isla Tortuga’s palm-shaded beaches
  • Discover diverse tropical ecosystems while exploring via kayak and on foot
  • Explore Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Golfo de Chiriquí and see coral reefs that host abundant wildlife
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Day 1: Puntarenas | Embark

Puntarenas is a cruise port that is also a gateway to Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Visit the Paseo de Los Turistas promenade near the beach with its many bars and restaurants.

Day 2: Quepos, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Quepos's small, busy town serves as the gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park. Although the rapid rise in ecotourism has meant that Quepos has been descended upon it, it has primarily retained its authentic feel. There is a good restaurant scene, the streets are easy to navigate and the locals are friendly.

Day 3: Golfito, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Golfito is Costa Rica's southern port town. It was built on bananas – the United Fruit Company moved its regional headquarters here in the '30s and remained until its departure in the 1980s. Today it acts as a gateway to visitors who wish to surf at Pavones or participate in sport-fishing. Many other activities include horseback riding, kayaking, and trips to nearby mangrove forests.
 

Day 4: Coiba Island, Panama

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Coiba Island lies 30 miles off of the south coast of Panama. It is the largest of the 38 islands that make up the Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has 1,450 plant species and its rainforests are home to hundreds of different animals. The surrounding waters support the eastern Pacific's second largest coral reef, which makes scuba diving particularly rewarding. You can spot whale and tiger sharks, manta and eagle rays, and large schools of fish. The island also has a fascinating history as it was once a penal colony and was primarily isolated for the past century.

Day 5: Marine Park Golfo de Chiriqui | Parida Island, Panama

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Golfo de Chiriquí is home to a national marine park with just over 147 sq km, protecting 25 islands and 19 coral reefs that host abundant wildlife. It's home to howler monkeys, several types of nesting sea turtles, and 280 recorded bird species. You can snorkel, surf or kayak in the calm waters or take a big game fishing trip.

Day 6: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Each Star Clippers ship offers a traditional and elegant way to see the world. Feel the wind fill the sails and gently carry you from one gorgeous destination to the next. During your time on board, you can choose to relax on a sun lounger or cool off in one of the pools on the top deck, while more adventurous passengers may enjoy the opportunity to climb the rigging or even have a go at steering the ship. Alternatively, you can wander the interior areas of the ship and discover relaxing lounges, a revitalizing spa (Royal Clipper only), and a peaceful library.

Day 7: Isla Tortugas, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isla Tortuga is widely regarded as the most beautiful island in Costa Rica. With giant coconut palms framing powder-soft white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters, this really is a tropical paradise. You can also play beach volleyball, rent a kayak, swim, or even get a ride on a glass-bottom boat. However, if you are feeling adventurous you can ride the zip line as part of a canopy tour.

Day 8: Puntarenas | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Puntarenas is a cruise port that is also a gateway to Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. Visit the Paseo de los Turistas promenade near the beach with its many bars and restaurants.

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Category 6 cabin on the Star Clipper
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Category 6
Located on the Commodore Deck, this inside cabin features upper/lower berths and a bathroom with shower.
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Category 5
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this inside/outside cabin features a raised double bed, two lower beds, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 4
Located on the Commodore Deck, this outside cabin features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 3
Located on the Clipper & Commodore Decks, this outside cabin features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
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Category 2
Located on the Clipper Deck, this large outside cabin features two lower beds, double bed, or triple berths, and a marble-lined bathroom with shower.
Category 1 cabin on the Star Clipper
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Located on the Main & Sun Decks, this deluxe deck cabin features two lower beds that can convert to a double bed, minibar, marble-lined bathroom with whirlpool bath, and cabin doors that open onto the deck.
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Owner's Cabin (Double)
Located on the Clipper Deck, this deluxe outside cabin features a double bed, sitting area, minibar, and marble-lined bathroom with whirlpool.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Mineral water, tea, and coffee served during meal times.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Port Fees
  • All transfers to/from the boat from airports.
  • Medical services and visas

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