Caribbean & Central America
(Panama Canal Cruise)
Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica. You'll reach the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba, Corcovado 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.
Special Offer: 2-for-1 fare on March 9, 2014 departure. Limited time offer, subject to availability.
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.
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.
Mid day arrival in San Blas Archipelago, 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. The Kuna Indians are one of a few indigenous groups that make up Panama's population. You make landfall at Archutupo or Perro Island for swimming, snorkeling and a beach BBQ. In the afternoon you'll sail to nearby Nalunega Island to explore a typical Kuna Indians community. Kuna Indians will perform traditional dances and chants and you also will have the chance to buy the colorful and richly embroidered "molas", crafted by Kuna women. In late afternoon you sail to Colon, Panama. Overnight at sea.
Morning arrival in Portobello. There is a walking excursion to the fort ruins and swimming 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. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas and is the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos Islands. This makes for a unique underwater experience you shouldn't miss. After a deck BBQ, you reach nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkeling in a pristine environment. In the afternoon, you leave Granito de Oro and sail to Drake Bay. Overnight at sea.
You'll reach Golfito in the early hours for immigration procedures before you continue on to Drake Bay. You reach Marenco Point or San Josecito Bay - depending on sea conditions - and go to shore where you may opt in to join one of two optional (not included) excursions. The main attraction of Bahía Drake is Corcovado National Park, 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. Beach BBQ and optional (not included) afternoon excursion to Cano Island or swimming/snorkelling at the beach. Late evening sailing to nearby Drake Bay for an overnight at anchor.
Early morning sailing to Quepos. Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the Manuel Antonio Reserve, one of the highlights of the cruise. An optional (not included) excursion takes participants to the Manuel Antonio park which consists 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. There are over 109 mammal species and 184 species of birds here. Watch for monkeys, iguanas, agoutis, sloth, and the rare turquoise cotinga. Manuel Antonio offers well-maintained trails where you can explore the jungle on your own or join a walk with one of the naturalists. You may wish to see the small shopping area, relax on the white-sand beach or take a swim. Late afternoon sailing to Los Suenos/Herradura. Overnight at sea.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.
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