STAR COLLECTOR: RAINFORESTS & RUM REFRESHMENTS—COSTA RICA TO THE BAHAMAS VIA THE PANAMA CANAL

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Star Collector: Rainforests & Rum Refreshments—Costa Rica to the Bahamas via the Panama Canal

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Isla Parida, Panama

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3.5 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating

watersports

essentials
Isla Parida, Chiriqui Gulf Fishing Tour
The inshore fishing in Central America is often overlooked due to the phenomenal offshore fishing that grabs headlines, but it is equally as exciting and even more diverse. You can catch over 20 different species of game fish while inshore fishing. For the anglers who aren’t interested in trolling offshore all day you can cast poppers, slow-troll live bait, or go jigging as the inshore action is consistent and exciting. Along the Pacific coastlines of the Isla Parida archipelago you can fish the volcanic coastline and countless islands for Jacks, Mackerel, big Cubera Snapper, Snook, and the famous Roosterfish. The unique dorsal fin and hard fighting ability of the Roosterfish make it one of the most sought after species for many salt water anglers!

Please noteThis is a catch-and-release fishing activity. Caught fish are not allowed to be brought back on board. Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, and insect repellent. Your boat will be guided by an experienced captain and mate. You will be provided with top-of-the line tackle and gear, bait sodas, bottled water, beer, all required safety equipment including life jackets, throw devise, fire extinguishers, smoke and flare devices, ship-to-shore radio and first aid kit.



price $499
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2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

sightseeing

wildlife

essentials
Isla Parida, Hiking on Parida Island
The rainforest is filled with over 1,000 teak, mahogany, eucalyptus, and many of other trees, plants and fauna. Your hike will approximately and 1 ½ hours in significant to extreme heat and humidity and the level of difficulty is moderate to strenuous.  You will disembark your ship and take tenders to the beach where you will be met by certified bilingual guides. Isla Parida represents one of the world’s few remaining “undiscovered” places. Adventure off the beaten path to explore the wondrous ecology of the island, from beautiful flowers and rare vegetation to iguanas and rare birds. Along the way you’ll enjoy a viewpoint stop to see neighboring islands. 

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes, and shorts or long pants, a t-shirt or light shirt, your swimsuit, towel, and a hat. Bring insect repellent, your sunglasses, and your camera. You will be provided with water. Also it is recommended to bring additional clothes to change after the walk experience. Please do not bring valuable items to this tour.


price $55
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3 HRS

Strenuous

boating

sightseeing

snorkeling

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Isla Parida, Island Hopping with Snorkel
Isla Parida is surrounded by the Chiriqui National Marine Park — and this means there are dozens of untouched islands. Set sail into open waters for the chance to explore the Gulf of Chiriqui’s stunning islets on an island hopping adventure. Picture iconic crescent moon beaches, soaring palm trees, white- sand beaches, coral reefs, and gentle waters that are perfect for snorkeling.

Please note:  Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes and wear your bathing suit under your clothes. Bring your swimsuit, towel, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera and insect repellent. Boats used are modest panga boats and guests will need to be able to climb hanging ladders to be able to get in and out of the vessel. The ladders are short and can be challenging to climb. At times visibility and snorkeling conditions may not be ideal. If conditions are too poor your captain may decide to search for wildlife such as turtles, dolphins and whales instead. Your captain will speak Spanish, but you will have an English-speaking escort. A waiver must be signed prior to the tour.


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Cartagena, Colombia



3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Cartagena, Colombian Coffee Experience
With this excursion you will fill your cup with the bold history of Cartagena and the rich goodness of pure Colombian Coffee. Your adventure will begin with a 15-minute motor coach ride to San Felipe Fortress, built in the 17th century. You will make a photo stop there before continuing on for a sightseeing tour of the Old City. You will visit a beautifully restored colonial house where you will get a good idea about colonial architecture and restoration. Then on to an experience to awaken the senses, touch, sight, taste, and smell and discover the amazing flavors of excellent Colombian Coffee.  You will have a introduction to Colombian Coffee, an overview of the coffee process, raw materials, quality assessments, smelling and tasting exercises, finishing with tasting 3 different coffees through alternative coffee rituals.  You will then have the opportunity for a walking tour along the narrow streets and squares of the walled city, followed by a panoramic sightseeing  tour of modern Cartagena and its bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

refreshments

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Cartagena, Romancing the Stone
You will board your motor coach for the 15-minute drive to San Felipe Fortress, the largest Spanish fort built in the 17th century.  You will have time to take photos before taking a sightseeing drive through the Old City, admiring the marvelous Republican architecture of the houses in the Manga residential area. You will be taken to the Emerald Museum – Bocagrande to learn about emeralds.You will go into an actual size replica of a mine tunnel and experience what mining is like as you watch the emerald-bearing veins. Then you will be taken to a special room for a lecture and a video on emeralds. You will learn how emeralds are extracted from the mines and brought to the different cutting and polishing centers. You will see the cutting and polishing machines and be shown step by step how each stone is cut and polished and you will have the opportunity to practice cutting a stone if you wish. Visit the jewelry making workshop and watch the process of fabricating sterling silver or 18k gold emerald jewelry before you visit the spacious and comfortable showroom. Then, enjoy a cocktail and have the opportunity to shop with an extra discount for you, before returning to the ship. On your way back to the ship you will have a sightseeing tour of modern Cartagena - Bocagrande, Laguito, Castillo Grande and the bay.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $49
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Cartagena: Cartagena City Highlights
The magnificent city of Cartagena, once a preferred target for pirates and the treasure chest of the Spanish Main, is yours to explore as you embark an air-conditioned bus or mini-bus today. On tour, you will be accompanied by an English-speaking guide as you travel past marvelous Republican architecture. You will see the Manga residential area, where some of the aging mansions have been restored to their original splendor. Stop for a half hour to explore the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. At Las Bovedas (the Dungeons), about 20 minutes is allowed for handicraft shopping and for rubbing elbows with the local artisans who proudly display their works for you. Pass through Simón Bolívar Square and the Inquisition Palace before continuing on to the Cathedral, also called The Minor Basilica, it was the first church built in the city in 1537. Next stop is the Church of San Pedro Claver—the patron saint of slaves. You will continue to the modern residential area of Bocagrande, famous for its wide variety of shops. Here, you will find Colombia’s famous native gem—the emerald—along with handicrafts and leather goods shops. You will have approximately 40 minutes to shop before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who remain in town for shopping will have to return to the ship on their own. 


price $59
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3 HRS

Moderately
easy

outdoors

sightseeing

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Cartagena: Old City by Horse Carriage
Transfer by coach to Plaza Santa Teresa where your horse and carriage stand ready to transport you around Cartagena’s beautiful Old Town—back in time to the days of the conquistadors. You’ll ride along the inviting, narrow cobblestone streets and through squares inside the walled city, admiring the flower-filled balconies that glow in the light spilling from colonial mansions. Stop for 10 minutes to photograph the Fort of San Felipe de Barajas, a 17th century construction acknowledged to be the most important work of Spanish Military engineering in Latin America. Surrender to the majesty of this historic city, where age-old squares are surrounded by towering colonial, Republican and Spanish-style buildings—it’s easy to picture life 200 years ago in this wealthy and cosmopolitan city. Visit the former city dungeons at Las Bovedas, which have also been used as military barracks, a munitions depot and a jail, but today local artisans display their work there. You’ll have 15 – 20 minutes for shopping before returning to the ship.

Please note: Guests who wish to remain in town to shop can return to the ship on their own later in the day. 


price $65
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Nassau, Bahamas



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

dining

walking

essentials
Nassau, Best of Nassau with Transfer to Airport
On this tour you will have several opportunities for amazing photo opportunities. You will stop at the Rum Cake Factory and will get to taste free samples of the different rum cake’s flavors.  Continue to your next destination the Royal Towers at Atlantis.  Walk around the Coral Towers and enjoy the many sights inside Atlantis, including the casino.  Back on the bus and on to Fort Fincastle.  The views from up there are fabulous and you will see local vendors selling their wares.  Once you arrive at the fort you have the option to descend the 66 steps of the Queen’s Staircase.  The bus will swing around and pick you up at the bottom where there is a lush tropical garden. The bus will drive by the Government House (Christopher Columbus statue) and past the historic Graycliff Hotel, Chocolate Factory and the Art Museum on their way to John Watling’s Rum Distillery. You will have a guided tour of the historic building, once part of the Buena Vista estate, and receive a free rum drink sample.  There are rum sample packs available for purchase as well as liter size bottles. Head to Fort Charlotte passing the Junkanoo Museum on the way.  Drive down to the Fish Fry and stop at Fish Central where you will be treated to a conch demonstration and given a free sample of conch salad.  An authentic Bahamian lunch will be served along with a free rum drink. Continue your journey on to Junkanoo Beach where you can spend a little time getting your feet wet.  Board the bus back to the Straw Market.  The remaining time is spent at the Straw Market before the transfer to the airport.

Please note:  Bring your camera, sunscreen, hat and sunglasses, cash/credit cards. This tour is for guests with afternoon/evening flights.


price $189
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