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Panama City's Bridge of the Americas

Crossing the Panama Canal: Panama to Costa Rica

Colon - Puerto Caldera - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Panorama
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Discover rarely visited ports of call, hidden coves, crystal blue waters, ancient history, and rich flora and fauna as you travel from Colon, Panama to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica. Discover why the locals have been called the happiest people in the world. Costa Rica's abundant ecotourism treasures await when you board the Panorama on this adventure. From here you can soar above rainforests, feel the mist from tumbling waterfalls, and swim in clear Caribbean seas.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Colon, Panama | Embark
Day 2 : Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama
Day 3 : Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama
Day 4 : Granito De Oro | Coiba Island, Panama
Day 5 : Golfito | Casa Orquideas | Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Day 6 : Quepos | Playa Biesanz | Curu Island, Costa Rica
Day 7 : Curu | Tortuga Island, Costa Rica
Day 8 : Tortuga Island | Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica | Disembark

Highlights

  • Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun
  • Swim & snorkel at the calm and breathtaking Pearl Islands
  • Join an exciting excursion to Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flower sanctuary
  • Explore the Nature Reserves & National Parks of Isla Coiba & Manuel Antonio

Ship

Panorama

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Panama City's Bridge of the Americas Panama adventure. Snorkeling! Hiking through the jungle of Costa Rica Caribbean beach in Costa Rica Playa Manuel Antonio

Day 1 Colon, Panama | Embark

Embark in Colon. Welcome reception and safety drill. Departure at 13:00. The ship is positioned at the Canal entrance for the Canal transit starting at 17.00 pm. Cross the Gatun Locks and enter the Gatun Lake. Welcome dinner. Late evening, reach and cross the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks before reaching the Pacific side and Panama City in the early hours.

Day 2 Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early morning arrival at Flamenco Marina, Panama City. Optional morning 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. Late afternoon sailing to Darien.

Day 3 Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional morning 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. By midday, return to the ship and sail to Granito de Oro and Coiba Island. Overnight at sea.

Day 4 Granito De Oro | Coiba Island, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Midday arrival in Granito de Oro 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. Afternoon walking tour with our Ship Naturalist who will take you for a short walk to discover the local forest and animal life. Free time for swimming and beach BBQ on Coiba. In the afternoon, leave Coiba and sail to Golfito. Overnight at sea.

Day 5 Golfito | Casa Orquideas | Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing sailing to nearby Casa Orquideas where the ship anchors. 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 Puerto Jimenez early in the afternoon. 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. Overnight at sea to Quepos.

Day 6 Quepos | Playa Biesanz | Curu Island, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve, for your morning optional excursion, one of the highlights of the cruise. After lunch, you can take one of the optional Forest Canopy excursion. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz. Playa Biesanz afternoon swim. (Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Late afternoon sailing to Curu. Late evening arrival in Curu. Overnight at anchor.

Day 7 Curu | Tortuga Island, Costa Rica

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Optional morning walking excursion in the Curu Nature Reserve with the local Rangers and your ship Naturalist. Late in the morning, rejoin the ship for a short sailing to Tortuga Island. Arrive in Tortuga Island at noon for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of this paradise island before joining in for a Beach BBQ. Tropical Farewell evening with dinner and party. Overnight at anchor.

Day 8 Tortuga Island | Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Morning sailing to Puerto Caldera. Disembark after breakfast.

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No Single Supplement
Winter Savings - Book before January 15, 2020 and pay no supplement on single occupancy rates. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types. For new bookings after November 1, 2019. Contact us for details.
Applies to Jan 18, 2020 departure

Free Cabin Upgrade
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Save 40%
Winter Savings - Book before January 15, 2020 and save 40% per person on double occupancy rates. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types. For new bookings after November 1, 2019. Contact us for details.
Applies to Jan 18, 2020 departure

Per person starting at
$2,590
Panorama Category C Double
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Category C
Lower deck, 1 double bed or 2 twin beds. Portholes, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble en suite bathroom.
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Category B
Lower deck, 2 lower beds or 1 double bed. Portholes, A/C, TV, telephone, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, marble or corian en suite bathroom.
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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.

Notes

- Please note that fares do not include port charges and possible fuel surcharges. Contact us for details.

Single supplement - Single occupancy of a Cat. C or Cat. B Cabin is available at 1.6 times the twin occupancy rate. Single occupancy of a Cat. A Cabins is available at 1.75 times the twin occupancy rate.

Child Discount (in Cat. A only): 
Children between the ages of 7-10 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 50% discount. Children between the ages of 11-16 sharing a cabin with two paying adults receive a 35% discount. Port taxes are not discounted.

3rd Person Reduction (in Cat. A only): 30%

Please Note:
Single Supplement in Cat A is 75% on this journey. Single Supplement in Cat C & Cat B is 50%.
Third Person Reduction in Category B is 30%.

Cruise fares are per person and include:
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
  • Use of fishing and snorkeling equipment (subject to availability).
  • English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
Not included:
  • Port charges
  • Beverages (except those mentioned above).
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips. 
  • Passenger personal expenses such as Wi-Fi (available at charge)
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