Costa Rica & Panama Canal Cruises


Tropical Islands. Exotic Jungles. The Panama Canal.
Experience It All in Private Yacht Style.


Natural and man-made wonders combine in this exotic region where you are an explorer by day with cocktails on the fantail of your boutique ship by night. Costa Rica is one of the most ecologically diverse places on earth over landscapes of rainforest, lakes, cloudforests, volcanoes, and more, boasting an impressive variety of wildlife. Learn more about their history, flora and fauna from a local Naturalist on board and transit the massive Panama Canal during daylight hours. Against all this color and adventure, your white ship rests at anchor awaiting your return from a delightful day of exploring.

Extend your Panama Canal cruise or Costa Rica cruise with our land packages featuring the Monteverde Cloudforest and Tortuguero National Park. Click here for more information.

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Puerto Caldera to Colón - 7 Days

Come find the natural and man-made wonders combined on this exotic Costa Rican and Panama Canal cruise full of bucket list places and activities.  Learn about the area from a local Naturalist on board, then take a Zodiac ashore and find rare experiences for yourself. Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life. Soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline searching for such wildlife residents as monkeys, sloths, and toucans, then explore Golfo Dulce with some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. Take a daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering on a yacht that lets you see it all.

Puerto Caldera to Colón - 7 Days

Come find the natural and man-made wonders combined on this exotic Costa Rican and Panama Canal cruise full of bucket list places and activities.  Learn about the area from a local Naturalist on board, then take a Zodiac ashore and find rare experiences for yourself. Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life. Soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline searching for such wildlife residents as monkeys, sloths, and toucans, then explore Golfo Dulce with some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. Take a daylight transit through the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering on a ship that lets you see it all.

Puerto Caldera to Colón - 11 Days

Experience the full majesty of Costa Rica and Panama’s natural and man-made wonders on this 10- or 11-day Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruise. Wiggle your toes in Panama’s white-sand beaches, world-famous Playa Flamingo beach and the black sands of Bahia Herradura. Explore rainforests and cloudforests that are bastions of biodiversity. Transit the Panama Canal, appreciating its incredible scale and triumph of engineering in a way those on mega-cruise ships never will.

Oranjestad to Puerto Caldera - 11 Days

Experience one of the seven wonders of the modern world and one of the most important accomplishments in human civilization during this memorable, 11-day cruise of Central America featuring a complete transit of the Panama Canal in broad daylight. As you transit 48 miles of the busiest and most historic waterway in the world, an onboard guide will point out both natural and man-made wonders along the Panama Canal, covering the history of the early overland routes, initial attempts by the French and the eventual success by Americans, and ongoing enhancements and maintenance. On the Pacific side you’ll learn about unique rainforest wildlife and biodiversity from expert local naturalists in remote, pristine reserves like Isla Parida, Panama and Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica. This cruise through first-world wonders and primeval splendors offers the freedom to see and experience far more under the sun.

Colón to San Juan - 7 Days

History buffs, beach bums and xenophiles will all find something to celebrate on this unique itinerary to Central America and the Caribbean. Discover the barely inhabited tropical islands and friendly Guna Yala villagers of the San Blas Islands. Step back in time to the days of the Spanish Empire as you visit four of the oldest cities in the Americas. Explore forts pockmarked by time and cannon balls. Encounter pirate lore as you dive the wreck of Captain Kidd’s ship off Island Catalina. And relive it all over mofongo and rum in Old San Juan.

Oranjestad to Colón - 9 Days

Bougainvillea-covered balconies, jungles teeming with wildlife, one of the most brazen engineering feats in human history… there’s more treasure here than the Spanish ever dreamed of. Step back in time to Spain’s colonial heyday in Cartagena and Santa Marta, where museums glitter with pre-Colombian gold and jewelers display fresh-from-the-mine emeralds. Join the birds in the rainforest canopy and caimans in thick mangroves. Relive history as you transit part of the Panama Canal, enormous locks gaping above you and Lake Gatun spread out below. Dine alfresco beneath a colony of stars and toast the perfect antidote to winter.

Puerto Vallarta to Puerto Caldera - 8 Days

Mexico’s southern coast is known for its beauty, its ruins, and its cuisines. Enjoy all three as you make your way south from Puerto Vallarta through regions rich with indigenous cultures and natural abundance. Ride an ATV along lush jungle trails in Manzanillo. Try your hand at cooking Oaxaca style in Huatulco. Explore the mysterious Mayan ruins of Izapa from Puerto Chiapas.This voyage is a treat for the senses. Come indulge them all.

Vancouver to San Juan - 39 Days

Take the full measure of the Americas as you explore North America’s vibrant West Coast, Central America’s man-made and natural wonders, and South America’s colonial and pre-Colombian legacy. Dine and sip your way down the U.S. West Coast, treating your palate to fine wines, flavorful microbrews and tastebud-thrilling Baja Med cuisine. Discover amazing nature sanctuaries from Jacques Cousteau’s favorite Sea of Cortez to Costa Rica’s wildlife-rich jungles. Cross the Panama Canal as only a small ship can, with the great gates looming up above. And investigate everything from Mayan ruins to colonial capitals, breathtaking beaches to remote Indian villages.

Nibble on briny Portuguese salt cod or spicy chouriço sausage as you relax among sundrenched tables at an uncrowded Lisbon sidewalk café. Cross the Atlantic with time to relax and connect. Take in Antiqua’s circumference from a seagull’s perspective during a high-flying helicopter tour of bright beaches, submerged reefs and unoccupied coastal outcroppings. Ride horseback along the surf and white sand in Aruba. Scrutinize the deep green luster of newly cut emeralds as jewelry artisans reveal the secrets of Colombia’s historic gem mining industry. Meet Panama’s Embera tribe and learn about their traditions and beliefs during a tour of the Embera Quera village along the lush banks of Panama’s Gatun Lake. Search a shady rainforest canopy for 3-toed sloths and rare white-faced capuchin primates in Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park. This exceptional cruise ends in Puerto Caldera, not far from the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, where you’ll discover land tour opportunities for trips to nearby rainforests and the green turtle nesting sites in Tortuguero National Park.

Combine a classic Atlantic Ocean crossing with unforgettable visits to Caribbean small ports, Lisbon’s Gothic landmarks and the gateway to the Panama Canal during this far-ranging, 25-day cruise between Central America and Portugal. Gaze out from the crenelated battlements of Lisbon’s Belém Tower, a Tagus River fortification that greeted returning Portuguese seafarers for centuries. Curl up with a favorite book while planning a week’s worth of massages and indulgent spa treatments during your Atlantic crossing. Swim, snorkel or SCUBA among vibrant aquatic wildlife at the Bonaire National Marine Park. Taste the shredded beef, cumin-infused richness of Colón’s Ropa Vieja, a unique and popular breakfast and dinner meal throughout this busy Panama Canal seaport.

Combine a classic Atlantic Ocean crossing with unforgettable visits to Caribbean small ports, Lisbon’s Gothic landmarks and the gateway to the Panama Canal during this far-ranging, 25-day cruise between Central America and Portugal. Gaze out from the crenelated battlements of Lisbon’s Belém Tower, a Tagus River fortification that greeted returning Portuguese seafarers for centuries. Curl up with a favorite book while planning a week’s worth of massages and indulgent spa treatments during your Atlantic crossing. Swim, snorkel or SCUBA among vibrant aquatic wildlife at the Bonaire National Marine Park. Taste the shredded beef, cumin-infused richness of Colón’s Ropa Vieja, a unique and popular breakfast and dinner meal throughout this busy Panama Canal seaport.

Bridgetown to Puerto Caldera - 18 Days

Enjoy three extraordinary vacations in one: A Caribbean beach escape, a historic Panama Canal transit, and a Costa Rican rainforest adventure. Watch Wind Star’s billowing white sails unfurl as you sail between small-ship exclusives like Bequia and Mayreau. Join the parade of ships entering the Panama Canal, with plenty of room on deck and quick access between vantage points. Step off a Zodiac onto a private beach fragrant with roasting barbecue and bursting with possibilities. And discover Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity as you hike deep into the rainforest with thick humus muffling your footsteps and undiscovered species tantalizingly close.

Bird calls intermingle with primate chatter throughout the dense canopy of a Costa Rican cloudforest. Towering container ships glide past the Culbra Cut’s tiered rock slopes, formerly the most difficult stretch of the Panama Canal. Sweet rum cocktails provide cool respite on a hot white beach in Santo Domingo. Indulge in the sights, sounds and sensations of Central America and the best stops throughout the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean during this 3-week cruise through pristine rainforest preserves, relaxing beaches and one-of-a-kind tropical bars, rustic cafés and trendy boutiques.

Combine Central America’s majestic natural scenery with Caribbean small-port charms during this 2-week cruise through Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Learn the ecological importance of cloudforests from an engaging naturalist as you search leafy rainforest canopies for sleepy sloths, rare birds and skittering primates. Dive, swim and hike among the refreshing tropical splendors of Windstar’s Signature Beach Party on Panama’s Isla Parida archipelago. Discover the engineering challenges and triumphs during a narrated daylight transit of the Panama Canal. Sink your teeth in doughy, cheese-stuffed Arepas paired with rich, fresh-roasted artisan coffees at a Colombian café. Wander the length of El Morro’s fortress walls in San Juan, Puerto Rico, a former sanctuary for New World seafarers and daring smugglers aligned with the Spanish Empire.

St. Maarten to St. Maarten - 56 Days

Explore the depth and breadth of the Caribbean on this 56-day odyssey, from tiny yachtsmen’s favorites to glitzy celebrity getaways, historic colonial towns to the incredible Panama Canal. Go cave tubing in Belize and windsurfing off Bonaire. Snorkel with friendly sea turtles and rays in waters as clear as glass. Climb the battlements of colonial forts and the arrowhead peak of Gros Piton in St. Lucia. It’s the ultimate cruise, circling the Caribbean discovering the brilliant colors, textures and fascinating history found here.

Start your expedition in historic Old San Juan with the imposing façade of El Morro fortress. In the Dominican Republic, enjoy Isla Catalina’s gleaming white-sand beaches ringed by coral reefs and Santo Domingo, one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Revel in the romantic Colombian city of Santa Marta and enjoy a late night in Cartagena with extra time to explore the historic UNESCO site of La Capital and wander the brightly colored streets. Behold the engineering feats of the Panama Canal. From Colón to Puerto Caldera, attend onboard presentations from local naturalists to make your trip even more meaningful. In Panama’s Pearl Islands and Isla Parida, discover beautiful beaches, amazing flora, fauna and some of the world’s best big game fishing. Known for its biodiversity, Costa Rica brings a chance to explore the lush coastline of Golfo Dulce, get an adrenaline rush ziplining or horseback riding in Bahia Drake, search for monkeys, sloths and toucans in Quepos’ Manuel Antonio National Park, fish or surf Jaco Beach near Bahia Herradura, and take an excursion to Monteverde Cloudforest or Tortuguero National Park from Puerto Caldera. 

San Diego to Puerto Caldera - 15 Days

Mexico and Costa Rica await as you sail from San Diego to the storied waters of the Sea of Cortez. Sip smooth, wood-aged artisanal Jalisco reposado and añejo tequilas distilled from local family distilleries. Learn about sea turtle habitats and the effects of human encroachment during a visit to a Loreto sanctuary. Wander among the shadowy stone recesses of 3,000-year-old Izapa Mayan ruins. Before this remarkable 15-day journey ends you’ll have opportunities to snorkel among puffers and yellow butterfly fish near Costa Rican beaches and venture inland to dense and misty cloudforests, unique havens for almost 20 percent of our planet’s butterfly species.

Set sail from Barbados to a hiking opportunity on Bequia’s Mount Pleasant, then on past the UNESCO Pitons of St. Lucia.  Swim Guadeloupe’s sparkling blue waters and appreciate the view from Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park in St. Kitts, search for celebrities in St. Bart’s and swim in the underground pools of Virgin Gorda. Take in Puerto Rico’s El Morro, visit the Dominican’s Isla Catalina, and see Santo Domingo, one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Revel in the romantic Colombian city of Santa Marta and enjoy a late night departure in Cartagena to witness the walls that once repelled pirates and now exclude cars. Visit Kuna Indians in their San Blas Island village and behold engineering feats of the Panama Canal. Discover white sand beaches, amazing flora, fauna and some of the world’s best big game fishing in Panama’s Pearl Islands and Isla Parida. Known for its biodiversity, Costa Rica brings a chance to explore Golfo Dulce’s lush rainforest in search of monkeys and toucans, Bahia Drake’s adventures of zip-lining and horseback riding, Quepos’ famous Manuel Antonio National Park, Bahia Herradura’s excellent fishing and surfing at Jaco Beach, and Puerto Caldera’s access to Monteverde Cloudforest and Tortuguero National Park.

From mesmerizing steel-drum bands to unforgettable spicy chicken smoked and grilled in recycled oil drums, this 18-day tropical adventure offers extraordinary experiences in Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and the Caribbean. Wander among Willemstad’s colorful, gabled store façades and narrow streets. Snorkel or SCUBA amid Bonaire National Park’s dizzying and colorful schools of fish. Sample endless variations of St. Maarten’s mouthwatering marinated ribs. Take in the entire Panama Canal during a narrated daylight transit. Depending on which direction you travel, this exceptional cruise can add a land tour to either conclude or begin your adventure among fragrant rare orchids concealed in the leafy shade of 300-year-old trees in Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloudforest.

From mesmerizing steel-drum bands to unforgettable spicy chicken smoked and grilled in recycled oil drums, this 18-day tropical adventure offers extraordinary experiences in Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia and the Caribbean. Wander among Willemstad’s colorful, gabled store façades and narrow streets. Snorkel or SCUBA amid Bonaire National Park’s dizzying and colorful schools of fish. Sample endless variations of St. Maarten’s mouthwatering marinated ribs. Take in the entire Panama Canal during a narrated daylight transit. Depending on which direction you travel, this exceptional cruise can add a land tour to either conclude or begin your adventure among fragrant rare orchids concealed in the leafy shade of 300-year-old trees in Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloudforest.

Explore small ports such as Isla Parida and Puerto Chiapas and popular landmarks like the Mayan ruins and Manuel Antonio Park in detail throughout Mexico and Costa Rica before transiting the busy Panama Canal during this 15-day journey along Western Central America. Swim, sunbathe and snorkel on remote Baja beaches, then savor Sea of Cortez sunsets over hearty Tempranillo wine from nearby Valle de Guadalupe. Sample refined agave cocktails in a vibrant Puerto Vallarta beachside bar. Experience the rarity of a daylight transit of the Panama Canal as you learn insights about the history and challenges endured throughout the construction of this maritime marvel.

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