Travel through one of the greatest engineering marvels of our time and immerse yourself in a natural world of wonder as you journey through virgin rainforests and jungle-fringed beaches from Costa Rica to Panama. This 9-day, 8-night itinerary combines tours of historic and cultural sites with visits to some of the most incredible nature preserves and rainforests in Central America. Cruise from Costa Rica, one of the most biodiverse locations on Earth, to the UNESCO-designated historic district of Panama City and through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.

 

Program Information

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Beach, Costa Rica
Costa Rica, San Jose, La Merced Church
Costa Rica, Rain Forest, Keel billed Toucan
  • Exclusive journey that combines the incredible biodiversity of Costa Rica with the treasures of culture-rich, historic Panama.
  • Created in our tradition of innovative programming and educational travel.
  • Access to ports unavailable to larger vessels and included excursions throughout your program.
  • Specially arranged daytime transit through the fascinating Panama Canal, an incredible feat of engineering.
  • Two UNESCO World Heritage sites — Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá, Panama, and Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection, Panama.
  • Arenal and San José Pre-Tour Extension and Panama City Post-Tour Extension.
Depart for San José, Costa Rica. Please check your bags from your gateway city to your arrival city. Transfer to Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belén and check in for the night. Enjoy your evening at leisure and dinner on your own.
After breakfast, explore Costa Rica’s capital city of San José. Founded in 1736, San José has blossomed into a vibrant city, filled with fascinating museums, lively markets, tempting restaurants and more. The cityscape boasts both historic and modern architectural styles. Discover San José’s heritage on a tour that includes visits to the National Theater, a regal baroque building modeled on Milan’s La Scala, and the National Museum. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before transferring to Puerto Caldera and embarking the first-class Wind Star.

Anchor at Quepos and experience an unparalleled diversity of wildlife on a visit to the lush Manuel Antonio National Park—a captivating combination of rainforest, beach and coral reef.

The impressive array of wildlife Manuel Antonio National Park has to offer—despite it being Costa Rica’s smallest national park—will leave explorers in awe. Hundreds of mammal and bird species, along with countless amphibians and reptiles, call this park home. Naturalist guides will lead an exploration of this protected biodiverse paradise, where you may spot vibrant toucans, camouflaged iguanas, howler monkeys, tree-dwelling squirrel monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths and Capuchin monkeys. Travelers may also relax on the gorgeous beaches lined with lush foliage and take advantage of this premium snorkeling locale.

Join your fellow passengers for the Captain’s Welcome Reception and Dinner on the ship tonight.

Today you will have a choice of three different included excursions—choose one for the morning and one for the afternoon. Between morning and afternoon, return to the ship and tuck into a delicious lunch, then head back out for more excitement. The three excursions are as follows:

  • Rain Forest Excursion. Explore a network of hiking trails of various lengths, where naturalist tour guides will search for wildlife and point out fascinating facts about the endemic flora and fauna.
  • Sloth Visiting Center. Meet sloths in their natural habitat, in a preserve established and maintained by a local family. On the Osa Peninsula, there is incredible biodiversity, including two native species of sloths: the two-toed and the three-toed. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of birds and other wildlife as well!
  • Cocoa Farm and Chocolate Making. Calling all chocolate lovers! Today you can savor the ultimate chocolate experience, from learning the history of its production (by the ancient Mayans!) to seeing the steps of modern chocolate making, to tasting the delicious results. Try farm-grown fruit dipped in farm-made chocolate fondue for the ultimate fresh food experience!

At the end of the afternoon, return to the ship for a relaxing evening and savor a delicious dinner on board.

For almost 100 years, this island served as a notorious penal colony. Then in 1992, it was designated part of the larger Coiba National Park, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. An astounding range of wildlife calls this area home, including agoutis, howler monkeys, giant toads and green iguanas. The clear turquoise waters support bottlenose dolphins, giant seahorses and numerous species of shark and whale.

Today choose one of the following included excursions.

  • Marine Life Tour with Snorkeling.
  • Beach Walk with Naturalist Guide.

Spend the day relaxing and gazing at the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the amenities—and three delicious meals—on board today.

 

After breakfast, begin your day with a tour of historic Panama City, the nation’s capital. Panama City is considered the oldest continuously occupied European settlement along the Americas’ Pacific coast, which was founded in 1519. The city’s rich and fascinating history includes Spanish colonization, slave rebellion and a 1671 pirate attack destroying the town—which resulted in the city being moved to the area today called Casco Antiguo. Delight in Casco Antiguo’s eclectic collection of architecture, including exquisite examples of buildings from the 17th-20th centuries.

Return to the ship for lunch. Then, continue your introduction to Panama City with one of the following excursions:

  • Miraflores Locks Visitor Center & BioMuseo. Visit this unique interactive museum to learn about the Panama Canal and the engineering behind it. Exhibits analyze the canal's history, design, operations and effects on the environment. Next, stop at the new BioMuseo (Biodiversity Museum) in the Bridge of Life building, the first Latin American building designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.  The museum's mission is to educate the public about the biodiversity of the isthmus of Panama and the need to protect its environment.
  • Culinary Excursion. Take a culinary tour of Panama with stops for cooking demonstrations and tastings. Possible visits include the seafood market and Panamanian coffee roasters. This afternoon is sure to be a delight for the senses!

Spend the morning enjoying the once-in-a-lifetime experience of traveling from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea through the Panama Canal. A total of 40 miles long, this waterway connecting the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was first constructed in the early 1900s. The Panama Canal was first built and solely controlled by the United States in 1914, with joint agency between the U.S. and the Republic of Panama going into effect in 1979 and complete control being passed to Panama in late 1999. As we voyage through the canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, watch as the mighty locks open and close, ultimately raising and lowering the ship 85 feet in this unique and memorable experience.

 Tonight, join your fellow passengers for a Captain’s Farewell Reception on the ship, along with dinner onboard. Raise a glass to your fabulous adventure!

After breakfast, disembark the ship and transfer to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City for your return flight home.

Dates & Rates

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Early Booking Savings of $1000 are available when you book by 06/17/24 and pay in full at time of booking. If you pay only your deposit by early booking date, you still save $500 per person.

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy, excluding taxes. Single supplements apply to category BX at 160% of the per person double price and subject to availability. All other categories are at 200%.

Port taxes are an additional $468 per person. Deck plans available upon request.

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Category Description Rate Early Booking Rate

Category B

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 1, aft and forward.

$6,295 $5,295

Category BX Deluxe

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 1, midship.

$6,795 $5,795

Category A

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 2, aft and forward.

$7,595 $6,595

Category AX Deluxe

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 2, midship.

$8,395 $7,395

Owner's Suite

Suite with four portholes, queen bed and sitting/dining area. Deck 1, aft.

$9,495 $8,495
Wind Star
Wind Star Deck Plan
Category Description Rate Early Booking Rate

Category B

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 1, aft and forward.

$6,295 $5,295

Category BX Deluxe

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 1, midship.

$6,795 $5,795

Category A

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 1, aft and forward.

$7,595 $6,595

Category AX Deluxe

Stateroom with two portholes. Deck 1, midship.

$8,395 $7,395

Owner's Suite

Suite with four portholes, queen bed and sitting/dining area. Deck 1, aft.

$9,495 $8,495
Wind Star
Wind Star Deck Plan

Pre / Post - Program

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Arenal and San José Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Explore Costa Rica’s diverse biospheres, from steamy hot springs to misty cloud forests. In view of towering Arenal Volcano, walk in the lush rainforest along a series of suspended and fixed bridges. Visit an organic chocolate workshop, an award‑winning coffee estate and a traditional artisan town known for hand‑painted woodcrafts.

Optional Extensions are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.
Arenal and San José

Panama City Optional Post-Tour Extension

Experience Panama City’s rich indigenous culture, compelling colonial history and contemporary élan. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Panamá Viejo, ruins of a European settlement from 1519. At the fascinating Agua Clara Visitor Center, marvel at panoramic views of the Panama Canal expansion and cruise the Gatún River to meet indigenous Emberá people.

Optional Extensions are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Panama City

Accommodations

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Wind Star

The intimate, four-masted Wind Star offers an unforgettable sailing experience. This small ship is designed to sail from deep seas into lagoons inaccessible to larger vessels. The Wind Star’s gourmet dining and wide teak deck with unobscured views provide the ultimate sailing experience to each guest. Complimentary alcoholic/nonalcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi access are available throughout the cruise. All meals on board the ship are included. Each of the 74 ocean‑view staterooms features one queen bed or two twin beds (Owner’s Suite has a queen bed), a private bathroom with shower, luxury hotel amenities, individual climate control, flat‑screen television with DVD player, safe, minibar, vanity table, hair dryer, plush robes and slippers.

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Wind Star dining room
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