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Costa Rica and Panama

Costa Rica and Panama Canal

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

From: $2,499

Season: March

Activities: Culture, History, Wildlife

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Wind Star Cruises

Come find the natural and man-made wonders combined on this exotic Costa Rican and Panama Canal cruise full of bucket list places and activities. Learn about the area from a local Naturalist on board, then take a Zodiac ashore and find rare experiences for yourself. Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life. Soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline searching for such wildlife residents as monkeys, sloths, and toucans, then explore Golfo Dulce with some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. Take a daylight transit the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering on a yacht that lets you see it all.

Highlights

  • Educational onboard presentations from a knowledgeable Costa Rican Naturalist
  • Daylight transit of the historic Panama Canal
  • Golfo Dulce’s mangroves, estuaries, and rainforest teeming with flora and fauna
  • The amazing variety of marine life surrounding Isla Parida
  • Exploration of Manuel Antonio's unspoiled beaches and abundant animal life
  • Cultural performances on board from Costa Rican groups
  • Delicious beach barbecue on Isla Parida*
  • Optional land extension packages featuring the Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloudforest and Tortuguero National Park
  • This cruise utilizes wet landings to get you up-close to natural wonders. Zodiacs, rugged inflatable boats, deliver you directly from the yacht to the beach, where you will disembark directly in the water.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Colón, Panama

Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.

Day 2 - Panama Canal & Balboa/Fuerte Amador

At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethais Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.

Day 3 - Balboa/Fuerte Amador, Panama

One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012 Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethais Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.

Day 4 - At Sea

Day 5 - Isla Parida, Panama

Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent white-sand beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to a delicious barbecue hosted by Windstar on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.

Day 6 - Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez), Costa Rica

Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.

Day 7 - Quepos, Costa Rica

The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.

Day 8 - Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ship B Ocean View Suite BX / Ocean Suite 1 A Ocean View Suit 2 AX Ocean View Suite 3 Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Dec 2, 2017 Wind Star $2,199 $2,399 $2,399 $2,599 $5,499
Dec 9, 2017 Wind Star $2,199 $2,399 $2,399 $2,599 $5,499
Dec 9, 2017 Star Breeze $2,299 $2,399 $2,499 $2,699 $2,999 $3,199 $4,099 $5,099
Dec 16, 2017 Wind Star $1,599 $1,699 $1,799 $1,899 $4,399
Dec 16, 2017 Star Breeze $1,799 $1,899 $1,999 $2,099 $2,299 $2,499 $3,199 $3,899
Dec 23, 2017 Wind Star $3,399 $3,599 $3,799 $4,099 $8,599
Dec 30, 2017 Wind Star $3,399 $3,599 $3,799 $4,099 $8,599
Jan 6, 2018 Wind Star $2,399 $2,599 $2,699 $2,899 $5,999
Jan 13, 2018 Wind Star $2,399 $2,599 $2,699 $2,899 $5,999
Jan 20, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Jan 27, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Feb 3, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Feb 10, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Feb 17, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Feb 24, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Mar 3, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Mar 10, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Mar 17, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Mar 24, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799
Mar 31, 2018 Wind Star $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,199 $6,799

*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.

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Ships

Star Breeze

Star BreezeA newest addition to Windstar’s fleet, the Star Breeze accommodates just 212 guests each, leaving plenty of room for spacious suites, decadent dining, and all the trappings of Windstar’s private yacht style — from a signature Watersports Platform to the classic Yacht Club observation lounge at the top. Recently renovated, she combines celebrity glamour with the country club-casual atmosphere Windstar guests treasure.View ship details...


Wind Star

Wind StarSailing with a mere 148 guests, the luxurious Wind Star is like being on your own private yacht. The ship was recently updated with contemporary furnishings and enhanced spaces. Gourmet cuisine is served course-by-course nightly in AmphorA, while the Veranda offers breakfast and lunch made to order or in fresh “market-style” buffets. For a special treat, make a reservation to dine under the stars at Candles Grill, our romantic outdoor deck restaurant. Additional Wind Spirit amenities include the luxurious WindSpa, a pool and whirlpool, the Watersports Platform with complimentary water toys, a Casino, and our international crew of 90 on hand for 24-hour pampering. View ship details...