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Playa Manuel Antonio

Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama

Puerto Caldera - Colon - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Panorama
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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 discovers 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.
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  • Explore the stunning Manuel Antonio Reserve and admire its unique wildlife
  • Tour Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flower sanctuary
  • Discover the local forest and animal life with a Ship Naturalist
  • Cross through the Panama Canal
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica | Embark

Embark on the ship and sail to Quepos. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Quepos | Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional morning excursion to Manuel Antonio Reserve, one of the highlights of the cruise. After lunch, you can take the optional Forest Canopy afternoon excursion. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim. Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz. A tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.

Day 3: Puerto Jimenez | Casa Orquideas | Golfito, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. Morning optional Osa Peninsula excursion. 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 crossing Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. After lunch, reach Casa Orquideas by tender, a beautiful flowers sanctuary. Optional excursion in the grounds and time to swim at the end of the visit. Then sail into Golfito. Reach Golfito for Immigration procedures and sail overnight south to Coiba & Granito de Oro islands.

Day 4: Granito De Oro | Coiba Island, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning arrival at Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life. Deck BBQ and sailing to nearby Coiba Island a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Walking tour with your Ship Naturalist who will take you for a short walk to discover the local forest and animal life. Time for swimming on Coiba. Late in the afternoon, leave Coiba and sail to Playa Muerto - Darrien. Overnight at sea.

Day 5: At Sea | Playa Muerto, Darien National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A day at sea. Relax on the sun deck-loungers, enjoy reading a good book or join a lecture of your onboard Expert Guest Naturalist. Late afternoon arrival at Playa Muerto, Darien.

Day 6: Playa Muerto, Darien National Park | Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning optional excursion in the Darien National park. Reach Playa Muerto by tenders (wet landing) and reach an Emberra Village where you are welcomed by Emberra 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. You will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. After lunch, sail to Flamenco Marina, Panama City. Arrival after midnight. Immigration Procedures and overnight in port.

Day 7: Flamenco Marina Panama City | Canal Crossing, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning optional excursion to the Miraflores Visitor Center, one of the canal’s most famous locks. Return to Panama City and continue your tour discovering the old Panama City, Casco Viejo, its architecture, cathedrals and historical buildings. Return to the ship for lunch, and the ship is positioned at the Canal entrance for the Canal transit starting at 17.00 pm. Reach and cross the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks before entering the Gatun Lake and cross the Gatun Locks.

Day 8: Colon, Panama | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Early morning arrival at Colon. Disembark after breakfast.



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Upper deck or Main deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Large windows, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble or corian en suite bathroom.


Cruise fares are per person and include:
  • Full Board: Buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Housewarming cocktails
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning
  • Ocean transportation
  • English-speaking host
Not included:
  • Port charges
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers
  • Airport facility charges
  • Taxes/fees
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements
  • Crew tips
  • Items of a personal nature: alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, gratuities, gift shop purchases, medical services, phone calls, and Wi-Fi charges


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