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Panama City's Bridge of the Americas

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Panama to Costa RIca - Example 11 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud Spirit
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Embark on an 11-day cruise through the historic Panama Canal, start in Panama City and. experience a dinner cruise through the iconic Panama canal, exploring Gatúnsee's unique islands like Barro Colorado in the rainforest. Sail through the canal's 12 lock basins, showcasing its importance. Explore the Pearl Islands, Panama, with over 200 diverse islands, including Contadora, where the Panama Canal Treaty was signed. Enjoy Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica, rich in rainforest biodiversity. Unwind at Playa Panamá's tranquil beach and explore Palo Verde National Park's birdlife. Conclude the journey in San José, Puntarenas, promising a blend of history, nature, and relaxation.
Panama City's Bridge of the Americas
  • Cruise through the Panama Canal's mighty locks for sailing yachts and giant freighters
  • Encounter small island paradises and explore captivating national park
  • Discover Palo Verde National Park's rich birdlife on a boat trip through mangroves
  • Spot coatis, jaguars, and vibrant tropical birds in Piedras Blancas Rai
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.

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Day 1: Panama City | Embark

Since 1914, the Panama Canal linked the Atlantic to the Pacific. This technological marvel of locks and canals created two artificial lakes. The Gatúnsee, among the world's largest dammed lakes, now hosts a unique range of flora and fauna. Nature reclaimed the lake, with the rainforest sprawling over its banks. The former hills transformed into islands, harboring a variety of species due to isolation. Barro Colorado, the largest island, remains untouched and has been a nature reserve since 1923. Scientists worldwide visit to explore the jungle's last secrets.


Day 2: Sailing through Panama Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The concept of linking the Atlantic and Pacific through Central America existed for centuries. However, this tremendous achievement only became technically feasible later. The French initiated the project in 1881, inspired by the success of the Suez Canal's opening in Egypt in 1869. It took more than 30 years before completing the canal in 1914. This technological masterpiece spans just under 50 miles, featuring 12 lock basins and navigating an 85-foot altitude difference. The Panama Canal stands as one of the world's crucial waterways and most spectacular ship canals.

Day 3: Pearl Islands, Panama

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Pacific archipelago's name in the Gulf of Panama predates Spanish conquest. Inhabitants were pearl fishermen, trading beautiful oyster pearls. Centuries ago, pirates and buccaneers hid and buried loot; now, treasures abound. Over 200 pearl islands, even the smallest inhabited, form an almost undisturbed paradise. With diverse lakes, rivers, enchanting white coral beaches, golden sandy beaches, and black volcanic beaches, plus lush green tropical vegetation. Contadora island holds significance; U.S. President Jimmy Carter signed the Panama Canal Treaty in 1977, ceding sovereign rights over the Panama Canal to the Republic of Panama.

Day 4-5: At Sea

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Climb the rigging, untie ropes, set sails – today is all about sailing. Lean back, relax in the deck chair, and watch the passionate crew hoist the sails by hand.

Day 6: Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestled in the Pacific South of Costa Rica, the small town of Puerto Jiménez lies on the diverse Osa Peninsula. Covered mostly by pristine rainforest, it's an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts. You won't encounter hordes of tourists here. Life in this 1,700-resident town is tranquil. In the mid-20th century, loggers and gold prospectors briefly brought a boom to Puerto Jiménez, but calm returned thereafter. Today, visitors can fully immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. In the Piedras Blancas Rainforest Park, high humidity fosters lush greenery – providing a home for coatis, jaguars, and vibrant tropical birds.

Day 7: At Sea

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fitness, massages or enjoy the sun and the sea with a good book in the deck chair.

Day 8: Playa Panamá, Costa Rica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As still as a lake, the sea lies under the tropical sun: thanks to its sheltered location in a tree-lined bay, Playa Panama is considered the most relaxing and tranquil beach on the Guanacaste coast – the perfect place for you to unwind. The Palo Verde National Park stretches along one bank of the Rio Tempisque. It features the densest population of water fowl in the whole of Costa Rica and is one of the best areas for bird watching in Central America – almost 300 species of bird have been identified here. The best vantage point for you to see them is on a boat trip through the mangroves.

Day 9: Puerto Jiménez

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From Punta Leona, you can reach the Carara National Park, spanning over 5,000 hectares and three distinct vegetation zones. Jungle giants covered in vines, a dense canopy of leaves, and orchids showcase nature in its most pristine form. Three massive suspension bridges traverse the treetops of the jungle, providing you with unique insights into the wildlife and plant life.


Day 10: Quepos

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Quepos is a lively little port at the time of booming banana exports. Today it serves as a gateway to the Manuel Antonio National Park, which lies to the south. The park covers an area of just 2 1/2 square miles and is one of the most diverse rainforests in Costa Rica. Paths lead you from the beautiful sandy beach straight to the heart of this untamed green kingdom. More than 1,000 varieties of plant and prolific wildlife, including whole herds of inquisitive apes, sloths, coatis, raccoons, iguanas, birds, and unique colorful butterflies make this place their home.


Day 11: San José, Puntarenas | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Pura vida! Protected by the Nicoya Peninsula with its beautiful nature parks, Puntarenas is located on a narrow headland that extends into the Gulf of Nicoya. To the right and left of the pier, long beaches line the coast, along which the promenade with hotels, bars, and restaurants runs. Only about 71 miles separate you from the popular port city on the Pacific side of Costa Rica to the capital San José. Worth seeing are the gold and national museum, as well as the beautiful buildings like the classical national theater and the elegant and playful post and telegraph office.


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Superior single cabins, outside
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Superior Single Stateroom
Superior Single Cabins (approx. 140 sq. ft.) are equipped with a built-in single bed, closet chair, and dressing table. The bathroom is equipped with a shower and golden fixtures. These are located on the Cabin Deck.
Superior cabins, outside
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Superior stateroom (approx. 183 sq. ft.) is equipped with a California king bed (2 mattresses), seating with table, closet, seating with table, and dressing table. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a shower and golden fixtures. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
De luxe cabins, outside
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Deluxe Stateroom
Deluxe Cabins (approx. 215 sq ft) are equipped with a California king bed, 71 in. x 79 in. (2 mattresses), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
De luxe lido cabins, outside
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Grand Stateroom
Grand Stateroom (approx. 194 sq. ft.) is equipped with a double bed (two single beds), closet, chair with table, dressing table, WiFi, TV, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, coffee machine, and safe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a shower and golden fixtures. These cabins are located on the Lido Deck.
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Junior Veranda Suite
Junior Veranda (approx. 237 sq. ft.to 65 sq. ft. including balcony) is located on the Veranda deck and offers a private balcony and twin arched windows. The cabins include a California king bed, walk-in closet, sofa, chair with table, dressing table, WiFi, TV, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, coffee machine, and safe. The bathroom is equipped with a shower, bathtub, and golden fixtures.
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Veranda Suite
Veranda Suites are located on the Veranda Deck, approximately 301 sq. ft. of luxury living space with an 86 sq. ft. balcony. Features include a marble bathroom with shower, bathtub, and golden fixtures, along with a California king bed, walk-in closet, L-shaped sofa with full-sized fold-out bed, dressing table, WiFi, TV, telephone, hair dryer, minibar, coffee machine, and safe.


Rates are based on double occupancy. A limited number of cabins can be booked for individual use for an additional charge.
  • 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gratuities
  • Port Fees
  • Welcome and Farewell Cocktails   
  • Welcome champagne in the suite/stateroom
  • Daily fresh fruit basket in suite/stateroom
  • All coffee, tea specialties and soft drinks
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fine wines from renowned winemakers
  • Open bar (except premium brands)
  • Beach barbecues in select destinations
  • Marina platform with use of water sports equipment such as snorkel gear, stand-up paddleboards, and towable tube (weather permitting)
  • Laundry service in suites
  • Curated moments
  • All meals including nightly 4-course menu and a 5-course gala dinner
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Wifi


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