Caribbean & Central America
(Costa Rica's Pacific West Cruise)
Explore Poas Volcano National Park before you set sail aboard an eco-friendly sailing mega-yacht, cruising the tropical waters of Costa Rica and Panama's Pacific West. The Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is shaped like a giant crab with two great claws. Within this wide embrace lies a natural paradise so dazzling and diverse that it defies any adequate description. With 9,000 higher plant species, 850 bird species, hundreds of frogs and reptiles and 10 percent of all mammals on earth, today it is human visitors who find welcome refuge. Delight in the intimate ambience of small-ship cruising, where passengers number just over 200, rather than 2,000. With greater access and a more adventurous vision, this small ship cruise will bring you to the pleasant shores of Costa Rica and Panama, to ports often ignored by larger cruise liners, where you can explore the incredible natural splendor of this region. Sun, sand, lush vegetation and abundant wildlife beckons you in this intimate cruise of tropical Central America.
Cruise Departure Dates:
2014: Jan 5,19.
Relax during your short, 30 minute private airport transfer in San Jose.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a country map, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Grano de Oro is the hotel of choice for those who visit San Jose, with a reputation for hospitality and fine quality. The 40 rooms are magical and full of allure, each possessing a carefully chosen color scheme and theme. Pleasant features such as a fountain or balcony add to the appeal of each room. Grano de Oro's restaurant is recognized for its culinary success, surpassing the expectations of even the most critical guest. Set under a high ceiling, or in the romance of the outdoors, each dish is prepared with local and international influences. The subtle ambiance of the restaurant is what makes visitors return. Spend time lounging on the lawn beds of the rooftop garden terrace or choose to sink into relaxation in the jacuzzi.
Poas Volcano Private Tour: Admire the impressive and imposing crater of the volcano, which is 2,708 m (1.7miles) above sea level. On the way to the volcano, there will be a stop for a brief explanation on Costa Rica's "grain of gold", coffee. The trip then continues as you pass by strawberry fields, ferns, and flowers before arriving at the volcano where you will have time to observe the main crater and sulphur fumaroles.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to Puerto Caldera.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. Your cruise will get underway shortly, and tonight's welcome dinner will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your new cruisemates.
Port charges are included in your multi-day cruise itinerary pricing.
Star Flyer is a true clipper ship reflecting its proud heritage in every inch of polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Star Flyer is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Flyer is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort. Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Flyer. Each ship offer spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.
Today is a full day spent relaxingly at sea, sailing onward toward your next destination of Isla Gamez, Panama. Meet up with some friends in one of the lounges, or dive into a book on the sun deck.
Isla Gomez is a small island off the coast of Panama in the Golfo de Chiriquí National Park, an area known for its rich wildlife including: green iguanas, humpback whales (from August to October), hammerhead sharks, dolphins and multiple species of sea turtle on the island beaches.
The port town of Golfito (literally meaning 'little bay') is located in Puntarenas Province on the southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, near the border of Panama. The town lies on a narrow strip of land between the eponymous bay and a hill and consist of two parts, the town proper and shopping area to the south, and a residential area near the port. From the northern section, which was the old United Fruit Company headquarters, trails go up to the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Golfito (Golfito Wildlife Refuge) on the hill, which extends across to the other side of the bay and is part of the National Parks of Costa Rica. With some of the highest storied rainforests in Central America (30 - 45 metres), most of the coastal lowlands surrounding the town are characterized by tall evergreen forest.
Bahía Drake (Drakes Bay) is a small bay on the north side of the Osa Peninsula on the coast of southwestern Costa Rica. The main attraction is Corcovado National Park, it occupies about a third of the peninsula, and this is known for being one of the largest and without human intervention park of the country, there are a lot of endemic species, also the efforts made by the Costa Rican government through the MINAE for the preservation of this area are really admirable, the private enterprise has been really helpful in these conservation efforts. The area has been accessible only by sea until recently, and consequently remains a largely pristine low-land tropical rainforest. It is one of the last such remaining areas on the Pacific coast. Since about 1990, eco-tourism has been the principal economy of the area.
Quepos has long been a favorite R&R destination for sport fishers and eco-adventurers alike. The astonishing beauty of nearby Manual Antonio National Park will entice you to discover another world - an amazing natural wonderland of colourful flora and fauna, lush jungle and secluded beaches. The nearby Rio Naranjo is a magnet for thrill-seeking river rafters.
Tortuga is an exquisite little island of off Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. Giant manta rays, dolphins and the occasional humpback whale are frequent visitors here and the volcanic reef is home to dozens of marine species. Nearby on the Nicoya Peninsula, the Curu Wildlife Reserve offers an up-close look at the amazingly diverse marine life of the Curu River mangrove estuary.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to your cruisemates as you make landfall.
Meet your driver for a private transfer to the San Jose Airport.
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