Crossing the Panama Canal in Costa Rica, a true tropical paradise

An exceptional cruise in the middle of lush nature
Luxury cruise from Panama to Costa Rica
Departure Colón (Panama)
Full board
8 days, 7 nights
You will love:
  • • Crossing the Panama Canal
  • • Visit to the Corcovado National Park
  • • The canopy tour
from
1 900 €
per person
Embark on a journey to Central America and its varied and beautiful landscapes. During this 8-day cruise, you will have the chance to explore the treasures of Panama and Costa Rica. You will sail on a wonderful motor sailboat, with an attentive crew. On board, a specialist nature guide will accompany you on the (optional) excursions, allowing you to fully discover the fascinating wilderness. On the programme: the incredible Panama City, Coiba Island, Corcovado National Park and many more.

Your Boat

Boat
The captain invites you aboard the pleasant sailboat, Panorama. This 54-meter-long three-masted motor has 3 levels. The lower deck is reserved for cabins. On the main deck you will find the dining room and the indoor and outdoor lounges, ideal for relaxing on one of its comfortable sofas. The sun deck offers you a 360 view of the sublime Central American coasts. The place is perfect for stretching out on a deckchair and enjoying the sun. For your greater comfort, the ship has a bathing platform at the back which will facilitate your getting back on board.
Specifications
Boat Model:Panorama
Type:Motor boat
Number of Cabins:24
Maximum Capacity:49
Crew Members:18
Comfort onboard:

Air-conditioned cabins (individually adjustable)
Lounge-bar (indoor & outdoor)
Restaurant
Sun deck equipped with deckchairs
Swimming platform
Mini bookcase
Fishing equipment
Snorkeling equipment
Board games
Kayak
WIFI connection
Layout
The owner reserves the right to replace with a different boat model of the same quality and performance

Your Cabin

With 24 cabins (8 A, 12 B and 4 C) the Panorama can accommodate up to 49 passengers. All cabins are air-conditioned (individually controlled) and equipped with TV (local channels only), audio system, telephone (internal use only), mini safe, mini fridge, bathroom with shower, hair dryer and private toilet.
Double Cabin - Category C
Double Cabin - Category C
These cabins are located at the ends of the lower deck. They have one double or two twin beds and portholes.
Double Cabin - Category B
Double Cabin - Category B
These cabins are located on the lower deck. They have a double bed or two twin beds and portholes. They can be converted into a triple cabin (for up to 3 adults).
Double Cabin - Category A
Double Cabin - Category A
These cabins are located on the upper or main deck. They have a double bed or two twin beds and large windows.

Itinerary

Map
More than a cruise, it is a real immersive experience that you will live between Panama and Costa Rica. You will meet the indigenous people, Embera, and travel through national parks where all sorts of animals and insects live. The seabed is also full of treasures not to be missed!
DAY 1: Colon 2000 (Panama) - Panama City
Meet at the port of Colon 2000, between 11am and 12pm for your boarding. After taking possession of your cabin, you will be offered a cold buffet. You will also be given a safety briefing before the boat casts off (around 1pm) and takes up position at the entrance to the canal. Once through the locks, you will sail on the Gatun Lake. You will have dinner while the ship continues its journey to Panama City. Overnight at sea.

Day 2: Panama City - Darien Region
You reach Panama City, the capital of Panama in the early morning. Optional tour of Panama City. You will stroll through the old town (called Casco Viejo) and admire its Spanish colonial style architecture, its cathedral... You will listen to your guide's account of the history of this fascinating country. Back on the boat, you sail to the Darien region, located between Panama and Colombia. Overnight at sea.

Day 3: Darien Region - Playa Muerto
After breakfast, we propose an excursion (optional) to the Darien National Park. You will leave for Playa Muerto and meet the indigenous Embera people. They will show you their ancestral know-how through their handicrafts and will even invite you to dance. You will be back on the boat for lunch. Sail to Granito de Oro Island. Enjoy your free time to relax on the sun deck. Overnight at sea.

Day 4: Granito de Oro - Coiba
You drop anchor in front of Granito de Oro, around 12:00. It is the perfect place to swim and explore the still preserved seabed (corals, coloured fish, hawksbill turtles...). For lunch, the crew will prepare a barbecue on the sun deck. You will then reach the largest island in Central America, Coiba (west of Granito de Oro), a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our naturalist guide will take you to the heart of its national park where the fauna and flora reign supreme. Free time to relax or take a dip. At the end of the day, the boat leaves for Golfito. Night at sea.

DAY 5: Golfito (Costa Rica) - Drake Bay
You arrive in Golfito early in the morning to do the entry formalities to the territory. After that, you will have the opportunity to participate in an excursion (optional) to explore the tropical garden, Casa Orchidea. You will discover species imported from all over the world, flowers of all shapes and colours. There is even a medicinal garden! Afterwards, you will have free time for a swim. In the late afternoon, the boat will leave for Drake Bay. Overnight at anchor.

DAY 6: Drake Bay - Quepos
How about starting the day with an optional excursion to Corcovado National Park? You'll be moving through 40,000 hectares of rainforest, swamps, rivers and beaches. It is home to an exceptional ecosystem with no less than 6,000 species of insects, 367 birds (quetzal, macaws, toucans, etc.), 140 mammals (tapir, sloth, jaguar, etc.) and 117 amphibians and reptiles (iguanas, crocodiles, etc.). As for the marine fauna, you won't be disappointed either. You may be lucky enough to swim with dolphins and encounter marlin. You will then sail to Quepos. Overnight at anchor.

DAY 7: Quepos - Playa Biesanz
This morning, we propose an excursion (optional) to the Manuel Antonio Reserve. Here again the biodiversity is extraordinary. You will follow your guide in the middle of the rainforest and search the surroundings for monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, birds and other specimens... You return to the boat for lunch. A new excursion (optional) on the canopy will be proposed to you. You will walk on suspension bridges above the trees and discover a breathtaking view. You will then join the boat on Biesanz beach. Tropical evening and sailing to Puerto Caldera. Overnight at sea.

DAY 8: Puerto Caldera
Your disembarkation is scheduled after breakfast around 9am.

Important: On some dates the cruise is offered in the direction Costa Rica - Panama. In this case, you will meet at 3pm in Puerto Caldera and disembark at the port of Colon 2000 between 8am and 9am (dates visible in the FAQ).
Your stops:
Colon 2000 (Panama) > Panama City > You're welcome > Playa muerto > Coiba > Golfito > Drake bay > Quepos > Playa biesanz > Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
The itinerary may be changed without prior notice due to technical or weather conditions

Prices

Departure / ReturnDouble Cabin - Category CPrice per person including VATDouble Cabin - Category BPrice per person including VATDouble Cabin - Category APrice per person including VAT
December 2022
Saturday 24 Dec
Saturday 31 Dec
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 31 Dec
Saturday 07 Jan
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
January 2023
Saturday 07 Jan
Saturday 14 Jan
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 14 Jan
Saturday 21 Jan
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 21 Jan
Saturday 28 Jan
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 28 Jan
Saturday 04 Feb
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
February 2023
Saturday 04 Feb
Saturday 11 Feb
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 11 Feb
Saturday 18 Feb
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 18 Feb
Saturday 25 Feb
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 25 Feb
Saturday 04 Mar
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
March 2023
Saturday 04 Mar
Saturday 11 Mar
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
Saturday 11 Mar
Saturday 18 Mar
1 900 €2 250 €3 100 €
There are no suitable dates available? Get in touch!
Price includes• Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private bathroom and toilet (in category A, B or C according to selection)
• Services of English-speaking crew
• Full board (buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner)
• Welcome cocktail
• Barbecue (depending on weather conditions)
• Captain's dinner
• Beverages: water, tea and filter coffee
• English speaking naturalist guide
• Snorkelling and fishing equipment (subject to availability)
• Guaranteed departure (from 12 participants)
Price does not include• Aerial
• Transfers to and from the airport to the yacht
• Drinks: juice, soft drinks and alcohol
• Tips for the crew (approx. 14 € /day/person)
• Tips for local guides
• Personal expenses
• Wifi connection (extra charge)
• Optional tours and excursions (to be booked and paid for locally)
• Port taxes: 700 € /person

FAQ

In the event of cancellation, you must notify your GlobeSailor advisor as soon as possible. Whatever the cause, the following cancellation fees will be due: up to 90 days before departure: 25% /// from 89 to 60 days: 50% /// from 59 to 30 days: 75% /// from 29 days until departure: 100% of the amount of your reservation.
We advise our customers to take out Cancellation insurance with Ouest Assurance: http://www.ouest-assurances.fr
To confirm your reservation, you must inform your GlobeSailor advisor who will ask an option for you the time to collect your deposit. The reservation will only be considered final once your deposit has been received (by bank transfer, Paypal or credit card), 30 to 50% of the amount of the reservation. A 100% deposit will be requested for any reservation less than one month before departure. The balance will be payable no later than 60 days before the boarding date.
Your transfers are not included in your cruise package, however they can be arranged by your Globe Sailor advisor and the base manager by taxi or minibus. Payment for this service is generally to be made to GlobeSailor at the time of payment of the balance or directly on site in cash. Don't forget to send your arrival times to your advisor.
Your plane tickets can be reserved by the GlobeSailor team. You just need to tell your advisor when booking your cruise.
Insurance / hospital costs and health expenses:
The quality of care in the country is variable, sometimes far from European standards, and for serious health problems, it is preferable to seek treatment in the private sector in San José which is of good quality. The cost of treatment is very high and the payment of a deposit on admission is compulsory. Moreover, apart from emergency treatment, care is chargeable even in the network of Costa Rican social security establishments.

In order to cope with hospitalization and health expenses, which are sometimes very high abroad, it is strongly recommended to have an assistance contract or insurance to cover all medical costs (surgery , hospitalization, etc.) and medical repatriation, at the risk of not having access to care, including in the event of a vital emergency. These costs can in no case be covered by the French Embassy on site.

♦ Costa Rica:
The update of the diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP) vaccination is recommended, as well as the rubella-mumps-measles (MMR) vaccination in children; tuberculosis vaccination is also desirable.
Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is only required for travelers coming from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission: see the list of countries on the World Health Organization website. This vaccination should be carried out at least 10 days before entering Costa Rica. More information on the Costa Rican Ministry of Health website.
Rabies vaccination may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and places of stay.

♦ Panama:
Vaccination against yellow fever is recommended (to be performed before departure, in an approved center) for stays in the continental areas located to the east of the Panama Canal zone (the East, the Darien and the Kuna community in particular: see the Safety section of this sheet). Yellow fever vaccination is also required for travelers from countries where it is endemic.
The diphtheria-tetanus-polio (DTP) vaccination update is recommended, as is the rubella-mumps-measles (MMR) vaccination in children.
Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended.
Rabies vaccination may also be offered in certain cases, depending on the conditions and places of stay.

Seek advice from your doctor or an international vaccination center.
♦ Costa Rica:
French nationals do not need a visa for a stay of less than 90 days, whether they hold an ordinary, service or diplomatic passport. However, they must present a passport in good condition, with a minimum validity of one day beyond the expected date of exit from Costa Rica. Note that some countries, through which travelers could transit, require a passport to be valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date.

Travelers must have a return ticket or a ticket to another destination. Where appropriate, they may be asked to prove that they have sufficient resources for the duration of their stay.

Exit tax from the territory:
An exit tax of $ 29 USD (approximately 15,000 colones, the national currency of Costa Rica), is applied. Most airlines (including Air France, British Airways and American Airlines) have included this tax in the price of the plane ticket. When this tax is not included in the price of the plane ticket, the traveler must pay it locally by credit card, in dollars or in colones.

♦ Panama:
According to Panamanian law, the validity of a foreign national’s passport must cover a period of six months from the date of arrival in Panama. French nationals are exempt from visa requirements for stays of less than 90 days but must be able to present, upon entry into Panamanian territory, a return plane ticket to their country of origin (or to a future destination), as well as their financial solvency of a minimum of 500 dollars, or its equivalent in credit card, bank reference or travelers' checks.

As soon as they arrive in Panamanian territory, and regardless of the point of entry and the mode of transport, all travelers must ensure that the stamp showing their date of entry into Panama has been affixed in their passport to a migration control post. The absence of this stamp constitutes an offense with serious consequences (inability to board an international flight departing from the country, arrest and stay in an administrative detention center in the event of an inspection, payment of a large fine accompanied by an obligation to leave the territory).

This information is communicated subject to modification by the authorities of the country visited. It is not uncommon for the rules for crossing borders to evolve. We therefore strongly advise you to refer to the "travel advice" section of the consulate of your country of origin's website.
Below are the cruise departures in the direction Panama - Costa Rica:
  • January 22, 2022
  • February 05, 2022
  • February 19, 2022
  • March 05, 2022
  • December 24, 2022
  • January 07, 2023
  • January 21, 2023
  • February 04, 2023
  • February 18, 2023
  • March 04, 2023

Below are the cruise departures in the direction Costa Rica - Panama:
  • January 29, 2022
  • February 26, 2022
  • December 31, 2022
  • January 14, 2023
  • January 28, 2023
  • February 11, 2023
  • February 25, 2023
  • March 11, 2023

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