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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Early morning arrival at Colon. Disembark after breakfast.
Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!