TROPICAL ESCAPE THROUGH THE PANAMA CANAL

  • Wind Star
  • 11 days
  • Oranjestad to Puerto Caldera
From $ 2,799 pp
Itinerary & Ports

Tropical Escape Through the Panama Canal

  • Wind Star
  • 11 days
  • Oranjestad to Puerto Caldera
select departure date:
From $ 2,799* pp

date
port
arrive
depart
Dec 11 Tue
5:00 PM
Dec 12 Wed
At Sea
Dec 13 Thu
9:00 AM
10:00 PM
Dec 14 Fri
At Sea
Dec 15 Sat
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
Dec 16 Sun
4:00 AM
6:00 PM
Dec 17 Mon
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
Dec 18 Tue
At Sea
Dec 19 Wed
8:00 AM
6:00 PM
Dec 20 Thu
8:30 AM
5:00 PM
Dec 21 Fri
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
Dec 22 Sat
6:00 AM
TUE DEC 11
TO 5:00 PM Oranjestad

day 1 Oranjestad, Aruba


Oranjestad, Aruba
Known for having some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this Dutch port makes it easy to just … take it easy. Walk through town to choose your favorite carved wooden door, or spend the day like the Arubans do playing dominos at a beachside table. 
THU DEC 13
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Cartegena

day 3 Cartagena, Colombia


Cartagena, Colombia
Welcome to the sparkling city of Cartagena, where the gold and jewels of the Spanish Main awaited shipment across the Atlantic. No pirate could resist, nor will you be able to when you visit this historic city. The Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by 400-year-old walls and contains a plethora of churches, fortresses, and restored colonial mansions. Outside the walls are more treasures: Climb the massive Castillo de San Felipe to investigate its maze of hidden tunnels, or shop for the perfect emerald.
SAT DEC 15
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Colón

day 5 Colón, Panama


Colón, Panama
Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy. 
SUN DEC 16
4:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Panama Canal

day 6 Panama Canal, Panama


Panama Canal, Panama
At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience. 
MON DEC 17
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Pearl Islands

day 7 Pearl Islands, Panama


The most frequented of the Pearl Islands (known and named for the large pearls found there), Isla Contadora is small, covering less than 1 square mile. It was the island the Spanish stopped at to count the harvested pearls collected prior to returning to Spain. The pearls found around these islands were of many colors and sizes and the industry thrived until the early 1900s when an underwater epidemic killed most of the pearl oysters. These islands offer white-sand beaches and warm, turquoise waters. There is excellent snorkeling and it became a vacation destination in the early 1970s. Activities here include deep-sea fishing and SCUBA diving.
WED DEC 19
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Isla Parida

day 9 Isla Parida, Panama


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Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long.  The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
THU DEC 20
8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM Golfo Dulce

day 10 Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica


Puerto Jimenez (Golfo Dulce), Costa Rica
Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots  of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is 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.
FRI DEC 21
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Quepos

day 11 Quepos, Costa Rica


Quepos, Costa Rica
The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life. 
SAT DEC 22
6:00 AM TO Puerto Caldera

day 12 Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica


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 head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles. 

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