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MV Sea Voyager - Unspoiled Pacific of Panama/Costa Rica (with Panamá Canal Transit)
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PANAMÁ CITY/COLÓN | PANAMÁ CANAL TRANSIT | LAS PERLAS ISLANDS | COIBA ISLAND  | GOLFO DULCE |  OSA PENINSULA – CORCOVADO NP | MANUEL ANTONIO NP | QUEPOS | SAN JOSÉ

Experience the unspoiled Pacific coastline of Panamá and Costa Rica with this journey into the heart of a tropical wilderness that encompasses the varied ecosystems of national parks, protected reserves and offshore islands. This verdant and rugged landscape is home to spectacular bird species, white-faced monkeys, two and three-toed sloths, brilliantly colored land crabs and a variety of butterflies and insects.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

Step into another world, when you explore Panamá’s Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the largest uninhabited tropical forested island in the Americas. Most of the forests are primary and virtually untouched, serving as a haven for birds and mammals found nowhere else on earth, as well as for species that have largely disappeared from the mainland.

Discover the Osa Peninsula, a place of astounding biodiversity that is home to half of all wildlife species that live in Costa Rica. The area’s parks and reserves, including Corcovado National Park, boast gorgeous white sand beaches and virgin tropical rainforest.

Immerse yourself in the amazing variety of natural treasures that present themselves wherever we drop anchor to explore the local waters and walk the dazzling beaches and verdant rainforests. Optional adventure activities are available pre or post trip.

*Post Cruise Option to visit Monteverde Cloud Forest is available. 

Day  Destination

Arrival

Departure

Day 1 Panamá City, Panama to Colón, Panama 

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Evening

Fly into Panamá City, a romantic blend of new and old. As a center of finance and commerce between two oceans and two continents, it has been referred to as the “Manhattan of the Tropics.” Its contemporary and cosmopolitan flavor contrasts with its 500-year-old history. Visitors can enjoy the Latin flavor that is evident in the ancient churches and colonial buildings, but which also permeates the sophisticated infrastructure that includes skyscrapers. We will meet you at the airport and, depending on how early in the day your flight arrives, we will arrange an afternoon visit to the historic district of Casco Antiguo – built in 1673 as a walled city to protect against pirate attacks like the one that destroyed the original settlement in 1671, and now a World Heritage site. Then we board a coach for Colón to meet up with the M/V Sea Voyager, whose Captain, crew and expedition staff will welcome us on board and brief us on our upcoming expedition.
Day 2 Panamá Canal Transit 

Morning 

Evening

Inaugurated in 1914, the Panamá Canal has been named one of the seven wonders of the modern world. We begin our transit of the Panamá Canal on the Atlantic side at the Gatún Locks, a three-stage lock, rising rapidly to the level of Gatún Lake. Once through the lake, we progress through the canal, finally reaching Miraflores Lake. We begin our descent via the two-stage Miraflores Locks to bring us back down to sea level on the Pacific side. It is vastly different to transit the Panamá Canal on a small ship, and now is the moment to travel along this waterway between two oceans as has been done for almost a century. Heavily forested hillsides rise up on either side of the canal, emphasizing the rainforest aspect of the land that was so laboriously altered. The toil of thousands of workers was monumental. It is an engineering wonder: 48 miles of an elaborate system of locks and lakes through which cargo vessels, cruise ships and military vessels traverse the isthmus separating the Atlantic from the Pacific. The canal is currently undergoing a massive expansion. Although the Panamá Canal completion in 1914 makes it seem like a fairly modern idea, the first plans were drawn up in 1529 by the Spaniards. Now it can be visited as it was intended to be used - from inside the marvel itself, on a ship.
Day 3  Las Perlas Islands, Panama 

Morning 

Evening

Some of the most renowned pearls in the world used to come from the oysters on the seabed around the 100-plus islands which make up the Las Perlas archipelago, located in the Gulf of Panamá about 30 miles off the Pacific coast. The islands original Indian inhabitants and, eventually, the pearls too, were wiped out by the Spaniards within years of their first arrival. Over time, the islands became the sanctuary of choice for well-known pirates of the era, who in turn terrorized and looted the wealthy Spanish settlements and fleets in quest of their riches. Now, the islands are renowned for their beaches, coral reefs and gallery forests with trees rising 80 feet and higher. Birds of brilliant plumage populate its old and pristine forests, fringed by hidden coves and beaches that are washed by the lazy water of the Pacific. Our Zodiacs are the perfect craft to explore the marine life that inhabits the reefs.
Day 4 Coiba Island, Panama

Morning 

Evening

Coiba National Park is the third largest marine park in the world, and Coiba Island, one of the 38 protected islands, is the largest uninhabited tropical forested island in the Americas. Located some 20 miles off the Pacific coastline of Panamá, this UNESCO World Heritage site is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific side of the Americas, and the waters are teeming with marine life. Eighty percent of the island's forests are primary and virtually untouched, serving as a haven for birds and mammals found nowhere else on earth, as well as for species that have largely disappeared from the mainland. This extraordinary level of preservation is largely due to its 90 years of isolation as a high-security prison, lending a wilderness feel to our beach and forest walks.
Day 5 Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Morning 

Evening

Golfo Dulce, an inlet on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is one of the only three tropical fjords in the world, with a depth of 600 feet in its center. It was once the center of a pre-Columbian culture that was overrun with Spaniards chasing after rumors of hidden gold and riches. It is a sanctuary for marine life such as dolphins, sea turtles, marlin, parrotfish, dorado, red snapper and over 87 species of stomatopods and decapods. It is a protected region for humpback whales, whale sharks and mollusks for breeding, far from the dangers of the open ocean. Hawksbill, olive ridley and leatherback ocean turtles use the large, secluded beaches as their nesting grounds. The tropical rainforest harbors poison dart frogs, anteaters, three-toed sloths, iguanas, and monkeys such as spider, howler and white-faced capuchin monkeys. Scarlet Macaws, toucans and hummingbirds abound as well.
Day 6 Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica 

Morning 

Evening

The Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park form an immense biological reserve, with a lovely mix of wave-lapped rocky coves and high canopy forest. The pristine rainforests and the rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region among the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. National Geographic has called it "the most biologically intense place on earth." Corcovado National Park has 13 major ecosystems, including lowland rainforest, highland cloud forest, jolillo palm forest and mangrove swamps; it also contains the only remaining old-growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America. Local fauna includes a few of Costa Rica's most endangered species: Baird's tapirs, jaguars, Harpy Eagles, red-backed squirrel monkeys and white-lipped peccaries. Watch for skittering water lizards on the streamlets and Scarlet Macaws flashing through the greenery. Although wet, remote and rugged, the trails are relatively easy to traverse.
Day 7 Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

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Evening

Although it is Costa Rica's smallest national park, the stunning beauty of Manuel Antonio National Park - coral reefs, vast white-sand beaches ringed by dense evergreen forests, and 12 little isles offshore - makes it an ecological treasure that will enchant us. Habitats include the increasingly-rare primary forest, secondary forest, mangrove swamps, lagoons and beach vegetation. The trail that winds around Cathedral Point affords some spectacular views. The rainforest is home to two-toed sloths, iguanas, the rare and adorable squirrel monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys and agouti. Green Kingfishers shimmer in the sun, providing a glimpse of the stunning array of birdlife that can be found here. For swimmers, the Pacific Ocean water is warm and the beaches are fun to share with the myriad of colorful ghost or hermit crabs.
Day 8 Quepos, Costa Rica to San José, Costa Rica

5:00 AM

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Disembark at the port of Quepos, put on the New World charts of the Spanish in 1519 by the arrival of explorer Ponce de Léon during his fruitless search for the "fountain of youth." This picturesque town, with only a small portion of its colonial-era wall remaining, has a lively six-block square as its village center of shops, restaurants and lodging, all of which is bounded by the tropical beach in front and hemmed in by primary rainforest behind. Street dancing, various celebrations and a welcoming population of locals makes this a congenial stopover. We then travel by coach for our overland drive to San José. Upon arrival in San José, we check into a select hotel for an overnight stay. The capital of Costa Rica is a vibrant city on a 3,700-foot-high plateau in the middle of the country, surrounded by lush vistas of both green mountains and their valleys. As the largest city and major transportation hub, San José is the center of political, economic, and cultural activity. It boasts a mix of historic architecture, modern urban parks, plazas and promenades, and its downtown area is home to restaurants, theaters, museums, a central market and good shopping for wooden and ceramic artwork and locally-grown coffee.
Day 9 San José, Costa Rica

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After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 

Departure

Days

Category 1

Cat. 1 Special Offer

Category 2

Cat. 2 Special Offer

Category 3

Cat. 3 Special Offer

Single Cabin

Single Cabin Special Offer

29-Sep-12

9

$3,950

$2,568

$4,550

$2,958

$5,350

$3,478

$6,350

$4,128

13-Oct-12

9

$3,950

$2,568

$4,550

$2,958

$5,350

$3,478

$6,350

$4,128

17-Nov-12

9

$3,950

$2,963

$4,550

$3,413

$5,350

$4,013

$6,350

$4,763

22-Dec-12

9

$3,950

$2,963

$4,550

$3,413

$5,350

$4,013

$6,350

$4,763

Single Supplement Waived if cabin is booked by Oct 31st - Not combineable with 35% Offer

Departure

Days

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Single

5-Jan-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

9-Feb-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

16-Mar-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

30-Mar-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

13-Apr-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

27-Apr-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

24-Aug-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

7-Sep-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

12-Oct-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

16-Nov-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350

21-Dec-13

9

$3,950

$4,550

$5,350

$6,350 



Map of the Unspoiled Pacific of Panama Itinerary

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