Days
8
Price from
7680CAD
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Travel through the Panama Canal and along the Costa Rican coast on a memorable small ship adventure cruise

Central America is truly a place to fall in love with nature – be it dense, wildlife-filled forests, white beaches with irresistible waters, or vast jungle-ringed lakes – and you’ll get to experience it all on this memorable small ship adventure cruise. Aboard the M/S Panorama, cruise along the Pacific Coast and choose to explore lush nature reserves, snorkel among the marine life of idyllic islands, and indulge in beach barbecues. You can spend time with the indigenous locals, swim in crystal clear waters, and enter the locks of the famous Panama Canal. With stops at the likes of Gatun Lake, Playa Muerto Darrien, and Granito de Oro Island, this trip is a unique way to experience this diverse corner of Central America.


Start
Panama Canal, Panama
Finish
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Destinations
Costa Rica, Panama
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PMSS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 1, Max 49

Peregrine trips are now operated by Intrepid Travel

Why you'll love this trip

  • Drop anchor in smaller port towns like Quepos away from the larger ships. Because of the size of your adventure cruise, your choices are endless on where to stop.

  • Discover the depths of the Costa Rican jungle in Manuel Antonio National Park, taking a guided walk through the thickets of the fragile rainforest with an expert naturalist.

  • On your cruising days, take regular swim stops off the boat, keep learning with on-board lectures from your naturalist guide, or simply laze on the sundeck with a good book – it’s up to you.

  • Meet with one of the seven indigenous groups of Panama on an excursion to an Embera village, discovering their handicrafts, sharing lunch and enjoying a dance with the locals.

  • Cruise into port at the mighty Panama City, a modern city full of history. As the major trading route connecting the Pacific and Adriatic, the Panama Canal is a marvel to see in action.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is operated by our partners at Variety Cruises and is best suited to independent travellers who want flexibility from their itinerary. On Variety Cruises, all shore excursions are optional, so you don’t have to pay for an activity you’re not interested in. Trips operated by Variety begin at the port, do not include tips and require solo travellers to pay a mandatory single supplement.

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with between 30 – 50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting a lot of National Parks, and you may have to cross uneven ground, sometimes in slippery conditions.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs on board. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Panorama boat on Cuba Greece Adventure Cruising

Panorama

Relaunched in 2014, the M/S Panorama offers the highest standards of comfort, safety and sustainability that cruising has to offer. This three...

Itinerary

Embark on your journey between 11am and 12pm in Colon at Colon Port 2000, Panama. Enjoy a light lunch before a welcome briefing and safety drill. Spend the afternoon at leisure on board getting settled in and perhaps an afternoon cocktail on the open deck. The ship will be positioned at the Canal entrance for the Canal transit starting at 5pm. You will cross the Gatun Locks and then enter the Gatun Lake. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers as you cruise towards the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks before reaching the Pacific side and Panama City in the early hours.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Morning arrival at Flamenco Marina, Panama City. Enjoy an optional Panama City Tour to discover the old Panama City, Casco Viejo, its architecture, cathedrals and historical buildings. Return to the ship for a late afternoon sailing to Playa Muerto. Overnight is spent at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Panama City - Panama City Tour - USD85
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning, travel into the wilds of Darien National Park on an optional excursion to an Embera village. Please note that landing at Playa Muerto by tender will be a wet landing. The Embera people are one of the seven indigenous groups of Panama, predominately living in the country’s Darien province. They are well known for their traditional handicrafts and well-preserved traditions. You then return to the ship for lunch and in the afternoon sail to Granito De Oro. Overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Playa Muerto - The Embera Indigenous Community Visit - USD160
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Arrive around midday to Granito de Oro for swimming and snorkelling. Enjoy lunch on deck enjoying the view and the BBQ fare while sailing to Coiba Island. Here, you will embark on a walking tour with your on-board naturalist, who will take you to discover the local forest and animal life. Coiba Island is a World Heritage-listed site and the largest island in Central America. It’s the perfect pristine environment for swimming and snorkelling and waters are teeming with marine life. In the late afternoon, sail to Golfito and overnight at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In the early morning, arrive at Golfito for immigration procedures before arriving at Casa Orchideas for a swim stop and optional shore excursion. Disembark by tenders for a wet landing at Casa Orchideas to visit beautiful gardens, an Orchid house and learn about all tropical and medicinal plants from all over the world. There will also be plenty of time for swimming before returning back to the ship by tender. Late afternoon departure towards Drake Bay arriving early evening and spending the night at anchor.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Golfito - Casas Orchideas Tour - USD50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Arrive at Drake Bay in the morning and set off after breakfast for an optional excursion in the 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. Then sail towards Quepos for an evening arrival and overnight at anchor.


Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Drake Bay - Corcovado National Park USD - USD135
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
A permit is required to visit Corcovado National Park and must be booked in advance. Permits are not guaranteed as the park limits the number of visitors. Please contact your sales agent if you would like to prebook this optional activity to Corcovado. We recommend you book this activity at least 3 months in advance.
Enjoy an optional morning excursion to the Manuel Antonio Reserve which is a popular tourist destination due to its beautiful beaches and rich wildlife. This is a wet landing inside the reserve using the zodiacs. After lunch on board, you can take the optional forest canopy excursion. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim. Those customers doing the forest canopy tour excursion will rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz. Tropical evening on board with a late- night sailing to Puerto Caldera, spending the night at sea.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Panorama (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Quepos - Manuel Antonio National Park - USD87
  • Quepos - Forest Canopy Tour USD - USD97
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
With no activities planned for today, you will disembark the vessel at 9 am in Puerto Caldera, after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Small Cruise Ship

Accommodation

Small Cruise Ship 9 nights

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