Costa Rica & Panama
Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama
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Location

Costa Rica - Panama

Travel Period

14 December 2019 - 21 March 2020

From (Port)

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Duration

8 days

Price

From 2072 $ per person



General Info

Grab your camera and embark on a journey through a limitless canvas of color, beauty, sound, and aroma. Venture deep into the countries’ national parks, in the search for macaws, sloths, howler monkey and dolphins along with our on board Naturalist. Cross the legendary Panama Canal. Swim through the crystal clear waters off Granito de Oro and Coiba Islands, soar through a rainforest canopy, and dance with Emberra Indians.. Pura Vida!. Did we mention some of the activities from which you can choose from including snorkeling, lectures, guided tours, and zip-lining? A Costa Rica & Panama Canal cruise is one full of adventures, excitement and lifetime memories. 

At a Glance

Variety Cruise At a Glance
  • Day 1 | Saturday: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
  • Day 2 | Sunday: Quepos - Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica
  • Day 3 | Monday: Puerto Jimenez - Casa Oquideas - Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Day 4 | Tuesday: Granito de Oro - Coiba, Panama
  • Day 5 | Wednesday: Day at sea - Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama
  • Day 6 | Thursday: Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama
  • Day 7 | Friday: Flamenco Marina Panama City - Canal Crossing, Panama
  • Day 8 | Saturday: Colon 2000, Panama

Day by Day

Variety Day
Day 1 | Saturday

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Embarkation- 15:00 to 16:00. Sailing to Quepos. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 2 | Sunday

Quepos - Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica

Morning optional excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, 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. Tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 3 | Monday

Puerto Jimenez - Casa Oquideas - Golfito, Costa Rica

We 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. We return to the ship for a late lunch while we cross Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. After lunch, we reach by Casa Orquideas by tender, a beautiful flowers sanctuary. Optional excursion in the grounds and time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail into Golfito. We reach Golfito for Immigration procedures and sail overnight south to COIBA & Granito de Oro islands.
Variety Day
Day 4 | Tuesday

Granito de Oro - Coiba, Panama

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 our 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, we leave Coiba and sail to Playa Muerto - Darien. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 5 | Wednesday

Day at sea - Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama

Day at sea. Relax on the sun deck-loungers, enjoy reading a good book or join a lecture of our on-board Expert Guest Naturalist. Late afternoon arrival at Playa Muerto, Darien.
Variety Day
Day 6 | Thursday

Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama

Morning optional excursion in the Darien National park. We reach Playa Muerto by tenders (wet landing) and reach an Emberra Village where we 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. We will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. After lunch, we sail to Flamenco Marina, Panama City. Arrival after midnight. Immigration Procedures and overnight in port.
Variety Day
Day 7 | Friday

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. We return to the ship for lunch, and the ship is positioned at the Canal entrance for the Canal transit starting at 17.00 pm. We reach and cross the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks before we enter the Gatun Lake and cross the Gatun Locks.
Variety Day
Day 8 | Saturday

Colon 2000, Panama

Early morning arrival at Colon 2000. Disembarkation at 8-9 am after breakfast.
  • Day 1 | Saturday

    Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

    Embarkation- 15:00 to 16:00. Sailing to Quepos. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 2 | Sunday

    Quepos - Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica

    Morning optional excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park, 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. Tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 3 | Monday

    Puerto Jimenez - Casa Oquideas - Golfito, Costa Rica

    We 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. We return to the ship for a late lunch while we cross Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. After lunch, we reach by Casa Orquideas by tender, a beautiful flowers sanctuary. Optional excursion in the grounds and time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail into Golfito. We reach Golfito for Immigration procedures and sail overnight south to COIBA & Granito de Oro islands.
  • Day 4 | Tuesday

    Granito de Oro - Coiba, Panama

    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 our 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, we leave Coiba and sail to Playa Muerto - Darien. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 5 | Wednesday

    Day at sea - Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama

    Day at sea. Relax on the sun deck-loungers, enjoy reading a good book or join a lecture of our on-board Expert Guest Naturalist. Late afternoon arrival at Playa Muerto, Darien.
  • Day 6 | Thursday

    Playa Muerto, Darien National Park, Panama

    Morning optional excursion in the Darien National park. We reach Playa Muerto by tenders (wet landing) and reach an Emberra Village where we 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. We will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. After lunch, we sail to Flamenco Marina, Panama City. Arrival after midnight. Immigration Procedures and overnight in port.
  • Day 7 | Friday

    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. We return to the ship for lunch, and the ship is positioned at the Canal entrance for the Canal transit starting at 17.00 pm. We reach and cross the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks before we enter the Gatun Lake and cross the Gatun Locks.
  • Day 8 | Saturday

    Colon 2000, Panama

    Early morning arrival at Colon 2000. Disembarkation at 8-9 am after breakfast.

Dates & Prices

What is Included

Cruise fares mentioned are per person in double occupancy and exclude Port Charges.
*Offer Rate: Terms & Conditions apply for  Early Bird Offers & Special Offers. For more information please visit the Special Offers section.

Date Category C Category B Category A Port Charges
14 December 2019 -20% $ 2590 $ 2072 $ 2990 $ 2392 $ 3890 $ 3112 $ 750
11 January 2020 -10% $ 2590 $ 2331 $ 2990 $ 2691 $ 3890 $ 3501 $ 750
07 March 2020 -10% $ 2590 $ 2331 $ 2990 $ 2691 $ 3890 $ 3501 $ 750
21 March 2020 -10% $ 2590 $ 2331 $ 2990 $ 2691 $ 3890 $ 3501 $ 750
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Highlights

Manuel Antonio National Park


As you venture deep into Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos, our guest Naturalist will help you spot on the treetops for endangered white-faced Capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys three-toed sloths.

Casa Orquideas Flower Sanctuary


A beautiful garden that contains all sorts of tropical plants. Visit the medicinal garden and indulge your senses with the beauty and perfume of the enormous amount of flowers in different colors and shapes.

Crossing the Panama Canal


It’s an engineering marvel, a multi-billion-dollar commercial behemoth. The Panama Canal, which joins the Atlantic to the Pacific, is certainly Panama’s greatest claim to fame. Moving mountains and carving through dense jungle, the creation of the canal in 1914 literally reshaped the natural landscape of this sliver of Central America.

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