Caribbean & Central America Cruises
(Panama Canal Cruise)
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the celebrated engineering marvel, the Panama Canal, along with the Pacific coast line of Costa Rica. You'll reach the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the San Blas and cross the celebrated engineering marvel the Panama Canal, an impressive event for every avid cruise goer. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Panama-Costa Rica: Dec 20 (2015) // Jan 3,17,31, Feb 14,28, Mar 13 (2016)
Costa Rica-Panama: Dec 27 (2015) // Jan 10,24, Feb 7,21, Mar 6,20 (2016)
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom and to explore the length of your ship. Your voyage will begin shortly.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
Early morning arrival in San Blas Archipelago today, a chain of over 365 tropical islands of which 50 only are inhabited by the Kuna Indians, who live in communities of bamboo-sided, thatched-roofed houses. You anchor at Carti Island for an optional (not included) group excursion with guide, where you can visit the largest Kuna Indians settlement. Children will dance for you and the group will visit a local home. Later you'll set sail to nearby Gran Perro Island (Big Dog Island). BBQ on the island. You'll have plenty of time for swimming, snorkelling on the island or at nearby Perro Island with its famous wreck. Late evening departure for Portobello. Late evening arrival at Portobello. Overnight at anchor.
Morning arrival in Portobello. There is an optional (not included) walking excursion to the fort ruins, or those who choose can swim at a nearby beach. You'll leave Portobello and sail to Colon to prepare to cross the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Work on the canal, which began in 1880, was completed in 1914. The 8 to 10 hour canal passage includes transit through three sets of locks, Gatun Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Locks through which the water level is adjusted 85 feet. You will transit through the locks and through Gatun Lake, a man made lake formed by an earthen dam across the Chagres River. With priority given to commercial vessels, 14,000 cross the Canal each year, crossing times are not guaranteed. Our intended transit will cross the Gatun Locks late afternoon and enter the Gatun Lake. You'll reach the San Pedro and Miraflores locks in the early hours and dock at Flamenco Marina.
You'll remain docked at the Flamenco Marina until after lunch. While here, there will be an optional (not included) excursion in Panama City and Canal. This afternoon you'll set sail en route to Coiba Island. Overnight at sea.
Morning arrival in Coiba. Morning walking exploration of Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the largest island in Central America. The waters adjacent to the island are teeming with marine life. In the morning there will be an optional (not included) excursion lead by the ship naturalist to go on a short walk up hill to discover the forest and animal life. After a beach BBQ, you reach nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas and marks the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos. This makes it a unique underwater experience you shouldn't miss. In the afternoon, you'll leave Granito de Oro and sail to Panama City. Overnight at sea.
You'll reach Golfito in the early hours for immigration procedures before you continue on to nearby Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flowers sanctuary. Here there will be an optional (not included) walking excursion to this private nature sanctuary, visiting the extensive and very well preserved grounds. There will be time to swim at the end of the visit. You then sail across the Bay to Puerto Jimenez while having a BBQ on deck, reaching Puerto Jimenez early in the afternoon. Optional (not included) excursion to the Osa Conservation Society by 4x4. Return to the ship for dinner. Overnight at sea to Quepos.
Morning arrival in Quepos, and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve where an optional (not included) guided excursion takes you through the park, consisting of three magnificent white-sand beaches that are backed by a jungle sheltering hundreds of fascinating plant species. Naturalists lead walks to outstanding wildlife viewing. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own, or walk with one of the groups lead by a naturalist.In the afternoon, optional (not included) excursions head to Savegre River, or for a tour of the forest canopy.
Farewell dinner on board, with an overnight sailing to Los Suenos.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.
The 68m Mega Yacht Variety Voyager will seduce her passengers with her sleek lines and ample deck space, very much what one expects from a millionaire’s super yacht. Inside, cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marbles, axminster carpeting and soft tones wood panelling. Everywhere, unobstructed views of the ocean and of the ports visited. And above all, the professional service of a crew of 28, always with a smile and a true desire to satisfy. This state-of-the-art vessel will accommdate just 72 passengers in 36 cabins, guaranteeing guests safety with incomparable comfort and elegance.
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