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Passage Through Panama

Passage Through Panama

Cruise Highlights:

  • Onboard presentation from Costa Rican Naturalist
  • Corcovado National Park outside Bahía Drake
  • Golfo Dulce’s rainforest
  • Marine life surrounding Isla de Coiba
  • Panama Canal transit

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Colón, Panama to Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

From: $2,299

Season: January - April, December

Activities: Culture, History, Wildlife

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Paul Gauguin Cruises

Transit the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most stunning feats of engineering, in a sailing yacht that lets you see it all. Watch for rare Scarlet Macaws in Corcovado National Park, “The Amazon of Costa Rica,” and dive the amazing coral reefs of Isla de Coiba. This is a singular voyage of natural wonders and man-made marvels.

During the cruise, enjoy an exclusive event, only for Windstar guests. Experience the gorgeous, unspoiled paradise, Isla de Coiba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is accessible only by special permit. Because the island served Panama as a penal colony, its natural beauty has survived virtually untouched and plant and marine life have flourished with limited human contact.

Guided hiking tours are also available. Bring your camera to capture memories of the wild monkeys and all the tropical birds you’ll see. Afterwards. if you enjoy snorkeling, this is where you want to be. We’ll provide the guide.

You’ll have access to a spectacular secluded beach, so you can enjoy swimming, water skiing or kayaking in the warm Caribbean waters. Live music, coconut cocktails (or fresh coconut water), classic rice and beans, and other local dishes for lunch — it really can’t get much better. Because you’re a Windstar guest.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Colón, Panama

Untouched beaches, lowland rainforests, and elaborate colonial architecture lie just beyond the commercial center of Colón. There are plenty of things here to satisfy virtually every interest — from snorkeling in impossibly blue Caribbean waters to sunbathing on gold-sand beaches, exploring ancient ruins, or admiring the massive locks on the other side of the formidable Panama Canal.

Day 2 - Panama Canal, Panama

At nearly 51 miles long and connecting two oceans with a vast “highway of water,” the Panama Canal easily earns its reputation as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Experience a once-in-a-lifetime thrill as your ship is raised, then lowered 85 feet to sail gracefully through three massive locks that transport you from the calm Pacific Ocean to the shimmering waters of the Atlantic.

Day 3 - At Sea

Day 4 - Isla De Cioba, Panama

Covering 430,825 pristine acres, the island of Coiba has been identified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and offers some of the world’s most superb diving and snorkeling. The warm, translucent waters are teeming with dazzling marine life and surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs on the Pacific. Follow them to the underwater Cordilera mountain chain, which extends as far as the Galápagos Islands.

Day 5 - Golfo Dulce (Puerto Jimenez), Costa Rica

Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots and hollers of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. This is Golfo Dulce, 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 6 - Bahia Drake, Costa Rica

Go horseback riding through a tropical paradise. Or take the tour to nearby Corcovado National Park. Protected by a natural rock barrier, the reserve offers some of the planet’s most astounding biological diversity. Keep an eye out for red-eyed tree frogs, 100 species of butterflies, and countless bird species, including Scarlet Macaws.

Day 7 - Quepos, Costa Rica

This former banana-exporting town is your base camp for a day of rainforest adventure. Walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls or soar high above the jungle floor surrounded by wildlife. Then grab your camera for a walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and exuberant 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 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 Ships Ocean View Suite Ocean View Suite 1 B Ocean View Suite 2 Ocean View Suite 3 BX Deluxe Balcony Suite Balcony Suite 1 A AX Deluxe Classic Suite Owner's Suite
Jan 3, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Jan 10, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Jan 17, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Jan 31, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Feb 7, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Feb 28, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Mar 7, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Mar 14, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Mar 21, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,999 $3,199 $3,299 $3,499 $4,299
Mar 28, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,499 $2,699 $2,799 $2,999 $4,099
Apr 4, 2015 Wind Spirit $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,299 $4,099
Dec 12, 2015 Star Breeze $2,299 $2,499 $2,599 $2,899 $3,299 $3,599 $5,399 $6,399
Dec 19, 2015 Star Breeze $3,199 $3,399 $3,499 $3,799 $4,199 $4,499 $6,299 $7,299
Dec 26, 2015 Star Breeze $3,199 $3,399 $3,499 $3,799 $4,199 $4,499 $6,299 $7,299
Jan 2, 2016 Star Breeze $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,299 $3,699 $3,999 $5,799 $6,799
Jan 9, 2016 Star Breeze $2,699 $2,899 $2,999 $3,299 $3,699 $3,999 $5,799 $6,799
Jan 16, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Jan 23, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Jan 30, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Feb 6, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Feb 13, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Feb 20, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Feb 27, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Mar 5, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Mar 19, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Mar 26, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899
Apr 2, 2016 Star Breeze $2,799 $2,999 $3,099 $3,399 $3,799 $4,099 $5,899 $6,899

Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, and reflect all discounts.

Map

Passage Through Panama itinerary map

Ships

Wind Spirit

Wind SpiritThe Wind Spirit is a sleek, 4-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,736, Wind Spirit feels like your own private yacht. Wind Spirit features wide open, teak decks—quite unusual for small ships. Guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private veranda. All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player, and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner’s Suite includes a sitting area.


Star Breeze

Star BreezeWith only 212 guests, you begin to feel like it's your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view — making it a welcome retreat. When you're ready to make an appearance, the lounges, club, casino and library are waiting to be explored. Take some "you" time in the tranquil WindSpa ... enjoy a dip in the pool ... work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center ... and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain. Star Breeze is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.