The Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (Costa Rica - Panama)

The Treasures of Costa Rica & the Panama Canal (Costa Rica - Panama)

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica and the Panama. We will reach the Nature National Park of Manuel Antonio, the Curu Nature Reserve. witness life in the Darrien Jungle, visit Coiba, Granito de Oro, Tortuga islands. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.

Cruise Facts

Category C:
From $ 1554 To $ 2590
Category B
From $ 1794 To $ 2990
Category A
From $ 2334 To $ 3890
Category P
From $ 2634 To $ 4390
Owner's Suite
From $ 5890 To $ 5890
Port Charges: $ 450
Single Supplement in Cat A & Cat P: 75%
3rd Person Reduction in Cat B: 30%
Single Supplement in Cat C & Cat B: 50%


Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: PUERTO CALDERA, Costa Rica
Embarkation- 15:00 to 16:00. Sailing to Quepos. Overnight at sea
Morning optional excursion to MANUEL ANTONIO RESERVE, one of the highlights of the cruise. After lunch you can take the optional Forest Canopy afternoon excursion. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz for an afternoon swim. Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz. Tropical evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Jimenez, Golfo Dulce. Overnight at sea
We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the morning. Morning optional OSA PENINSULA excursion. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. We return to the ship for a late lunch while we cross Golfo Dulce towards Casa Orquideas. After lunch, we reach by Casa Orquideas by tender, a beautiful flowers sanctuary. Optional excursion in the grounds and time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail into Golfito. We reach Golfito for Immigration procedures and sail overnight south to COIBA & Granito de Oro islands. 
Morning arrival in Coiba Island a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest island in Central America. Morning walk with our Ship Naturalist who will take you for a short walk up hill to discover the local forest and animal life. After our beach BBQ on Coiba, we sail to nearby Granito de Oro Island for swimming and snorkelling in a pristine environment. The waters are teeming with marine life. It is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the pacific coasts of the Americas and marks the beginning of the underwater Cordilera mountain chain that also includes Coco's and the Galapagos. This makes it a unique underwater experience you shouldn't miss. In the afternoon, we leave Granito de Oro and sail to Playa Muerto - Darrien. Overnight at sea.
Mid day arrival in Darrien for our optional excursion in the Darrien National park. We reach Playa Muerto by tenders (wet landing) and reach an Emberra Village where we are welcomed by Emberra Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions.   We will be invited to share their lunch and dance with them. Later in the afternoon morning we return to the ship and sail to Isla del Rey – Pearl Islands – Overnight at anchor in Isla del Rey.
Morning snorkeling and beach activities. Beach BBQ. After lunch on the beach we leave the Pearl Islands and sail to Panama City. We reach Flamenco Marina / Panama City early in the evening. Optional walking excursion in Old Panama. Overnight in port.
Morning Optional excursion to the Gatun Lake and explore Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there.   Return to Panama City and visit the Canal Museum and watch the movements of ships in the locks. Farewell dinner and overnight in port.  
Day 8: Flamenco Marina Panama City, Panama

Disembarkation  06:00 to 09:30 after breakfast. 

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Category C:
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Category A
Category P
Owner's Suite
Port Charges:
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$ 1794
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$ 2334
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Variety Cruises is rated 4.86 stars by based on 144 merchant reviews

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144 Reviews
We recently did the Garden of Eden cruise around the Seychelles on the Pegasos sailing on 17th November. The ship was not full so there was plenty of space although there was a bit of scrapping over sunbeds by some of the Germans on board! There was a group of Germans whose leader was a bit over bearing but other than that the rest of the passengers consisting of Brits, French, French Canadians and Belgians and one lone German couple not part of the group got on well. We had a class C cabin which was comfortable, a little on the small size but we spent very little time there other than sleeping and changing so it was not an issue - it did give us very easy access to the sundeck so that was a bonus although it meant we had to keep our curtains shut at all times!! As this is not the most modern ship the bathroom was also quite small and the fittings are a little dated and there was a knack to making sure the shower doors did not roll back and forth when there was a slight swell! The food however was very good throughout with a decent choice and the fish and especially the beef tenderloin were all excellent and presented beautifully. The staff were very professional and friendly and nothing was ever too much trouble, so a big credit to the captain and George who was in charge of Hotel operations. Our Entertainment host was a little distracted and perhaps not quite up to the same standard as the other staff, which was a shame. We enjoyed the excursions to Curieuse, Cousin (beware of the mosquitos here though) and Aride islands particularly, which are basically nature reserves with not many other tourists or facilities which we liked. For those interested in the natural world and ornithology in particular then these are excellent excursions and the landings on small boats through big surf waves was all part of the fun. There were several excellent snorkelling trips and the variety of fish and marine life was pretty good and a lot of new coral growth was particularly evident! As this was our first cruise with Variety it will almost certainly not be our last as we enjoyed our small ship cruise - we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise which certainly exceeded our expectations.
We cruised the Galileo August 17, 2018 and it was fantastic! I absolutely loved the ship! The entire crew went out of their way to make it a wonderful experience. The rooms are nice and the food is very good. The views from the ship are beautiful and each island is different. I loved the intimacy of the smaller ship. It was truly a trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend this cruise!
It is one thing to be able to cruise and enjoy the wonders of the Greek Islands. However so much more impor ant is know that your Captain has the experience to know how to ensure the safety of passengers. This past week we have been fortunate enough to undertake the Classical Greek Cruise and we were very pleased to find Captain Andreas when we boarded. With his experience he watched the weather patterns and made an early call to change the route. Yes there was some initial disappointment that we would not get to Crete. But we had a fantastic voyage and saw such interesting places that we never expected. Furthermore we enjoyed a thoroughly comfortable trip and look forward to our next visit. Thank you to captain Andreas and all the crew of Harmony V