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Punta Arenas - Cartagena - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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On this 12-day cruise aboard SH Diana, discover the hidden treasures of Puntarenas, a captivating destination that showcases the authentic and diverse culture of Costa Rica. Nestled on a narrow peninsula stretching into the Pacific Ocean, this vibrant city is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, offering a mix of stunning beaches, mouthwatering seafood, and a festive atmosphere. But Puntarenas is not just a beach town. It also serves as a gateway to explore the region's natural wonders. Embark on an adventure to the Tortuga, Chira, and Coco islands, or lose yourself in the beauty of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Puntarenas is a treasure trove of experiences, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of Costa Rica and discover the breathtaking beauty of this extraordinary destination.
Sunset over CartagenaDarien Jungle of PanamaBlue water and lush rain forest in PanamaWatching ships pass through the Panama Canal
Highlights
  • Explore stunning beaches and indulge in mouthwatering seafood in Puntarenas
  • Embark on an adventure to the Tortuga, Chira, and Coco islands
  • Witness the beauty of the Nicoya Peninsula and the Monteverde Cloud Forest
  • Immerse in the rich culture of Costa Rica
Places Visited
Activity Level: Variable
Activity options vary depending on destination and operator. Activity level is determined by the range and intensity of activities you choose to participate in. Discuss with your Trip Planner which options are best for you.
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Day 1: Puntarenas

Arrive in Puntarenas, relax, and spend the overnight preparing for your adventure.

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Puntarenas | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Puntarenas is a place to experience the authentic and diverse culture of Costa Rica, located on a narrow peninsula that stretches into the Pacific Ocean. Puntarenas is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, who come to enjoy its beaches, seafood, and carnival atmosphere. Puntarenas is also a gateway to explore the region's natural wonders, such as the Tortuga, Chira, Coco islands, the Nicoya Peninsula, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest.





 

Day 3: Curu Wildlife Refuge | Isla Tortugas

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Curu Wildlife Refuge is a private reserve on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, near Paquera. It is a hidden gem for nature lovers, who can explore its diverse habitats, such as tropical forests, mangroves, grasslands, and beaches. Curu Wildlife Refuge is home to many species of animals, such as monkeys, deer, armadillos, iguanas, and birds.

Isla Tortuga is a tropical island in the Gulf of Nicoya, off the coast of Costa Rica. It is a popular destination for day trips from the mainland, offering stunning scenery, white sand beaches, and clear blue waters.


 

Day 4: Quepos

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The bustling town of Quepos is a great base for accessing Manual Antonio National Park, one of the most popular parks in Costa Rica. The park has it all really, beautiful mountain vistas, mangrove forests, lagoons, beaches and lush rainforest. With over 350 species of birds and over 100 species of mammal, wildlife enthusiasts will be in heaven. Head along the stunning Perezeso trail to spot scarlet macaws, toucans, hawks, sloths, armadillos and much more. Back in Quepos, take walk through the pretty Marina Pez Vela to see the impressive fishing boats. 

Day 5: Golfito (For Golf Dulce)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The deep and well sheltered Golfo Dulce, or ‘Sweet Gulf’, borders the Osa Peninsula’s eastern shore. The northeast section of the gulf is part of the 35,000-acre Piedras Blancas National Park, a stunning tract of rainforest that used to be part of Corcovado, and still protects the same amazing biodiversity. As you explore the lush rainforest here, you’ll come face to face with some of the tallest trees in the world, you’ll also come across pretty waterfalls and perhaps also toucans, macaws, anteaters, sloths, howler monkeys and more.

Day 6: Cebaco Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cebaco Island is a private island in the Gulf of Montijo, off the coast of Panama. It is a hidden gem for nature lovers, who can enjoy its pristine beaches, lush forests, and abundant wildlife. Cebaco Island is ideal for diving, snorkeling, fishing, and hiking, as it has a rich marine life, including fish, rays, and turtles.

Day 7: Darien Jungle, Playa del Muerto

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit the authentic Emberá tribe in the Darien Jungle, who rarely receive outside visitors. After a briefing on local customs, you’ll meet the indigenous people, explore their village, and maybe play volleyball with the locals. Learn how the Emberá relies on the jungle, using its plants for food, medicine, and clothing. This unique visit offers an immersive look at an ancient culture still thriving in the Panamanian wilderness.

Day 8: Fuerte Amador (Panama City)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located west of Panama City, at the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal, Fuetre Amador is a manmade causeway, constructed with material excavated from the canal. Before boarding your boutique cruise ship, be sure to stop in at the Miraflores Locks’ visitor’s centre. Here you will learn about the impressive engineering that went into building this legendary waterway. Watch the mighty barges make their way through the canal from the panoramic observation deck. 

Day 9: Cruising Panama Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruising Panama Canal is a bucket-list experience that allows you to witness one of the most astonishing human-made wonders in the world. The Panama Canal is a 48-mile waterway connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, saving ships from sailing around South America. Cruising Panama Canal lets you enjoy the scenery through three sets of locks, an artificial lake, and a narrow mountain cut. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure that you will never forget.

Day 10: San Blas Archipelago, Lemon Cay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lemon Cay is one of the 49 inhabited islands of the San Blas Archipelago, a stunning network of cays and islands off the coast of Panama. It is a small and secluded island where you can enjoy the pristine white sand beach, the turquoise water, and the palm trees. Lemon Cay is also home to a community of indigenous people, the Guna, who live in traditional huts and welcome visitors with their hospitality and culture.

Day 11: Cartagena

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Within the walled Old City of Cartagena, a historic coastal city in Colombia, 16th- to 18th-century military architecture, unmatched in the Americas, stands tall. 

Day 12: Cartagena

  • 1 Breakfast
Vibrant streets host museums like the Gold Museum, overlooked by the hilltop Castillo San Felipe fortress. Along the picturesque coast, La Boquilla fishing village is known for folkloric drumming and dancing and is the gateway to one of Colombia's largest mangrove forests.

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SH Diana

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SH Diana Observation Lounge
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Oceanview D4
Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony M5
Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Balcony D6
Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
SH Diana Junior Suite
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Junior Suite
SH Diana’s Junior Suites features a Super King Size bed, separate living room area with homely flame-effect fireplace, private kitchen, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a 7 sq. m private balcony.
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Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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Premium Suite
SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
Included
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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