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.
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.
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. Wifi 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.
Relaunched in 2014, the M/S Panorama offers the highest standards of comfort, safety and sustainability that cruising has to offer. This three...
Your voyage is operated by our partner company, Variety Cruises.
SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS
You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of AUD600, USD600, EUR400, NZD600, GBP300, CAD600, CHF450 or ZAR6,000 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed.
On this itinerary, shore excursions are optional and are paid on board the ship in US dollars. The price and a description of these excursions are listed in the day to day itinerary. Prices are approximate and all activities are subject to availability and may require minimum numbers to operate.
DAY SIX OPTIONAL ACTIVITY
Corcovado National Park - this optional activity must be booked in advance as a permit is required to visit the National Park. 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. Minimum numbers are also required for this optional activity to operate.
It is not possible to share with a stranger on a Variety Cruises voyage and single travellers must pay the Single Occupancy rate.
Children from the age of 7 can be accommodated on these voyages. Each boat has one cabin category that will accommodate a 3rd person allowing for triple sharing. Any child under the age of 18 must share with an adult.
Your group will be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers from Peregrine and Variety Cruises.
Variety Cruises have implemented Health screening measures prior to embarkation and during the cruise for all guests and crew. This includes:
Mandatory covid19 vaccination – all customers must be fully vaccinated with a current covid19 vaccine at least 14 days before embarkation. Proof of vaccination will be required at check-in on day one of the trip. Variety Cruises highly recommend guests to receive their booster vaccinations for extra precaution
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