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Cruising Costa Rica and Panama - Panama to Costa Rica

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.

8 days, from


per person


49 people max


Trip code: QYKS
Style: Comfort
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Countries Visited:  Costa Rica Panama
Accommodation: Small Cruise Ship 9 nights
Transportation: Small Cruise Ship
Meals: 7 dinners, 7 breakfasts
Group size: Minimum 1, Max 49

  • 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.

  • 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.


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Day 1: Embarkation in Colon at Colon 2000 Port, Panama

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.

Day 2: Panama City, Panama

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.

Day 3: Playa Muerto (Darien National Park) Panama

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.

Day 4: Granito de Oro - Coiba Islands, Panama

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.

Day 5: Golfito - Casa Orchideas - Drake Bay, Costa Rica

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.

Day 6: Drake Bay, Costa Rica,

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.

Day 7: Quepos and Playa Bisansz, Costa Rica

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.

Day 8: Disembarkation in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

With no activities planned for today, you will disembark the vessel at 9 am in Puerto Caldera, after breakfast.

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