Costa Rica & Panama

Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama
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Location

Costa Rica - Panama

Travel Period

14 December 2019 - 07 March 2020

From (Port)

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Duration

8 days

Price

From 1554 $ 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: Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Golfito, Costa Rica
  • Day 4 | Tuesday: Granito de Oro - Coiba, Panama
  • Day 5 | Wednesday: Iguana Island, 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 anchor.
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 Drake Bay. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 3 | Monday

Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Golfito, Costa Rica

Optional excursion in Corcovado National Park/Osa Peninsula, a nature preserve and tropical rainforest that occupies almost a third of the Osa Peninsula. Visitors are almost guaranteed to see some of the most incredible wildlife living in the jungles of the reserve including red-eyed tree frogs, quetzals, tapirs, harpy eagles, white-lipped peccaries, monkeys, and scarlet macaws. Swimmers can have the amazing opportunity to share the warm waters with marlins, dolphins, and pilot whales. Early afternoon sailing to Golfito. Immigration procedures at anchor and late evening sailing to Granito de Oro. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 4 | Tuesday

Granito de Oro - Coiba, Panama

Midday 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 Iguana Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.
Variety Day
Day 5 | Wednesday

Iguana Island, Panama

Morning arrival at Iguana Island, a wildlife-rich territory, a bird-watching paradise, and key sanctuary for frigate birds. Snorkel the shallow reefs at the protected Isla Iguana Bay. Free time for swimming and snorkeling. You will see lots of colorful tropical fish, Morey Eels, Rays and even turtles swimming in the warm Pacific waters. On land you will spot crabs and iguanas. The island is a snorkeling and diving paradise as it has the biggest area of well-preserved coral reefs in the Gulf of Panama with 17 different coral species, more than 350 tropical fishes and over 200 species of invertebrates. Evening sailing to Playa Muerto/Darien National Park.
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. We return to ship for lunch and sail to Panama City Flamenco Marina, Panama.
Variety Day
Day 7 | Friday

Flamenco Marina Panama City - Canal Crossing, Panama

Morning Optional Panama City tour. Discover 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 anchor.
  • 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 Drake Bay. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 3 | Monday

    Drake Bay, Costa Rica - Golfito, Costa Rica

    Optional excursion in Corcovado National Park/Osa Peninsula, a nature preserve and tropical rainforest that occupies almost a third of the Osa Peninsula. Visitors are almost guaranteed to see some of the most incredible wildlife living in the jungles of the reserve including red-eyed tree frogs, quetzals, tapirs, harpy eagles, white-lipped peccaries, monkeys, and scarlet macaws. Swimmers can have the amazing opportunity to share the warm waters with marlins, dolphins, and pilot whales. Early afternoon sailing to Golfito. Immigration procedures at anchor and late evening sailing to Granito de Oro. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 4 | Tuesday

    Granito de Oro - Coiba, Panama

    Midday 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 Iguana Island, Panama. Overnight at sea.
  • Day 5 | Wednesday

    Iguana Island, Panama

    Morning arrival at Iguana Island, a wildlife-rich territory, a bird-watching paradise, and key sanctuary for frigate birds. Snorkel the shallow reefs at the protected Isla Iguana Bay. Free time for swimming and snorkeling. You will see lots of colorful tropical fish, Morey Eels, Rays and even turtles swimming in the warm Pacific waters. On land you will spot crabs and iguanas. The island is a snorkeling and diving paradise as it has the biggest area of well-preserved coral reefs in the Gulf of Panama with 17 different coral species, more than 350 tropical fishes and over 200 species of invertebrates. Evening sailing to Playa Muerto/Darien National Park.
  • 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. We return to ship for lunch and sail to Panama City Flamenco Marina, Panama.
  • Day 7 | Friday

    Flamenco Marina Panama City - Canal Crossing, Panama

    Morning Optional Panama City tour. Discover 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 -40% $ 2590 $ 1554 $ 2990 $ 1794 $ 3890 $ 2334 $ 750
11 January 2020 -40% $ 2590 $ 1554 $ 2990 $ 1794 $ 3890 $ 2334 $ 750
07 March 2020 $ 2590 $ 2990 $ 3890 $ 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.

Corcovado National Park


A nature preserve and tropical rain-forest that occupies almost a third of the Osa Peninsula. Unleash your inner explorer, spot some of the most incredible wildlife living in the jungles of the reserve including red-eyed tree frogs, quetzals, tapirs, harpy eagles, white-lipped peccaries, monkeys, and scarlet macaws.

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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