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Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Sail between two seas exploring two national parks, one wildlife refuge, and a conservation area on this 11-day cruise to Costa Rica and Panama. Witness the amazing wildlife of Manuel Antonio National Park, and discover the Osa Conservation Area´s abundant biodiversity including monkeys, frogs, caimans, anteaters, scarlet macaws, coatis, and 16 different species of hummingbird. End the cruise in historic Panama City visiting wild Darien Jungle and the pristine Pearl Islands Archipelago. As you sail, admire the beautiful scenery and take the chance to explore tranquil bays, cultural villages, and the best of the region by kayak or foot.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San José, Costa Rica | Embark
Day 2 : Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Day 3 : Osa Conservation Area
Day 4 : Golfo Dulce
Day 5 : Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park
Day 6 : Captain's Choice
Day 7 : Gulf of Panama | Marine Life Search
Day 8 : Darien Jungle
Day 9 : Pearl Islands Archipelago | Panama Canal
Day 10 : Fort San Lorenzo
Day 11 : Panama City, Panama | Disembark

Highlights

  • Travel the Mogue River by motorized canoe and look for its vast wildlife
  • Wildlife viewing in Darién Jungle by motorized dugout canoe and on hikes
  • Night transit along the Panamá Canal, a marvel of engineering and human tenacity
  • Visit Granito de Oro islet, snorkel and beachcomb

Ship

Safari Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Panama City's Bridge of the Americas Friendly Sloth Aerial view of San Jose city Wild Darien jungle A monkey clings to the tree

Day 1 San José, Costa Rica | Embark

You’ll be greeted at the airport upon your arrival and swooped off to the hospitality suite before transferring to the vessel for a warm welcome from your captain, crew, and wellness hosts. Toast to adventure over dinner as you sail along the Pacific coast.

Day 2 Curu National Wildlife Refuge

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the southeastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula—in the tangled mangroves of Curu—the cycle of life is everywhere. Local “residents” include everything from exotic birds and deer to army ants, frog-eating snakes, and hungry crocodiles. Step carefully as you cross the swinging bridge, you don’t want to land on the menu! Land crabs shift in and out of their burrows with such force it’s enough to make the earth move. A hike on the Finca de Monos trail is prime monkey viewing. They are everywhere. Offshore, the vibrant, turquoise waters near Isla Tortuga offer inviting opportunities to snorkel, kayak, and paddleboard.

Day 3 Osa Conservation Area

  • Ship
  • 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 4 Golfo Dulce

  • Ship
  • 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 5 Granito de Oro, Coiba National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail through the islands of Coiba National Park, making a stop at 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 beaches. 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 6 Captain's Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wake up in paradise. Start with fresh-brewed coffee and a little limbering up with guided stretches on deck. As always, the hardest part is picking the “what.” Your guides know the trails and help you spot monkeys, hummingbirds, and towering balsa trees. Slip into the drink for a kayak or snorkel. Go exploring by skiff. Or, just kick back in a hammock under swaying palms. Then it's cruising time. Sit in on a presentation on nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness led by your wellness hosts or settle into a comfy lounge chair and take in the views.

Day 7 Gulf of Panama | Marine Life Search

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise through the diverse isles and atolls in the Gulf of Panama hosting hundreds of avian and marine mammal species. Guides give presentations and your captain determines the best locations and activities based on what nature delivers. And be on the lookout for a silvery glint streaking across the water—it could be mobula rays taking flight.

Day 8 Darien Jungle

  • Ship
  • 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. Explore the vast Punta Patiño Nature Reserve on foot, part of Darién Province and the largest natural protected area in Central America. 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 9 Pearl Islands Archipelago | Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discovered by Spanish conquistadors and named for the flood of pearls found, the 90 islands and nearly 130 islets of the Pearl Islands are now almost entirely uninhabited by humans and instead boast a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Gear is simple today—have your binoculars handy for superb bird watching on a skiff tour of Bartolome Island’s bird sanctuary. Magnificent Frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, and Yellow Warblers are likely to pop into your field of vision. For more exploration, select your modus operandi—kayak, paddle board, skiff, or snorkel—and cardio-up in a nature lovers’ dreamscape. Take in the whole of it, as you prepare for one of the most memorable travel experiences—transiting between two seas along the 48-mile marvel, the Panama Canal. The lock authority gives the final go-ahead for your evening transit. Join your shipmates on deck for a toast as the canal lights up and the temperature subsides. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build it and takes you about eight hours to transit.

Day 10 Fort San Lorenzo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
It’s your last day, and it’s a big one. Take in a little history and a “walk on the wild side” among the battlements and canons of San Lorenzo Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 1500s by the Spanish crown as a military stronghold and sacked multiple times by swashbuckling pirates. This evening, your wellness guides bring the lessons together reflecting on body, mind, soul, and setting new goals for healthful living. Cap off your week with a celebratory Farewell Dinner, and then join your expedition team for a slideshow highlighting your adventures.

Day 11 Panama City, Panama | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy an early breakfast aboard and say adios to your crew. Upon arrival at the port, you’ll be transferred to Panama City to connect with your flight home or begin your UnCruise hotel stay.

Safari Voyager

Per person starting at
$6,695
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).
Single Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Single Stateroom
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208

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 crew
- Travel protection
- Optional excursions and land tours
- Port taxes/fees
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