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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America – with Smithsonian Journeys

Colón - Puerto Caldera

Dates:
2/11/2023
to  2/18/2023

8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
$6,030

Shore excursion or activity in each port of call + transfers included


In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys.

This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

Discover Panama and Costa Rica with PONANT on this splendid 8-day cruise aboard Le Bellot, which explores the region’s abundant natural splendours, local indigenous communities, and the modern marvel of the Panama Canal.

Your journey in Central America will start along the white sands and translucent waters of Holandes Cayes, one of the coral islets of Panama’s San Blas Islands. Spend a day in this tropical paradise and enjoy the opportunity to swim and snorkel. Members of the Kuna community call these islands home, and you may encounter them along the beach.

After a daytime sailing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean through the world-famous Panama Canal, Le Bellot calls at Fuerte Amador for an exploration of Panama City’s Old Quarter and of the region’s fantastic biodiversity at the superb Frank Gehry-designed Biomeseo.

Here, you will also visit the Punta Culebra Nature Center at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), a fascinating, open-air museum dedicated to marine science and conservation. On a specially arranged tour guided by Smithsonian staff, hear about the latest studies, observe marine species up close, and explore the unique flora and fauna of the tropical dry forest.

You sail next to the remote and magnificent Darién National Park. This little corner of paradise is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to a remarkably diverse range of plants and wildlife. Rocky coastlines, mangroves, swamps, and tropical rainforests abound and offer a feast for photographers. Here, meet members of the local Emberá community.

Your final call will be in Quepos, Costa Rica, gateway to the spectacular Manuel Antonio National Park, where you will encounter myriad tropical flora and fantastic fauna, including sloths, the noisy howler monkey, the white-faced capuchin, and the tiny squirrel monkey. The combination of forest and ocean also provides a special opportunity to observe both terrestrial and sea birds—toucans, pelicans, hummingbirds, terns, and more.

The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.


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A voyage specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion or activity in each port of call. Engaging...


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Choose your stateroom

Choose your stateroom

Deluxe Stateroom
 

(204 ft2)

From $6,030

Prestige Deck 4
 

(204 ft2)

From $6,630

Prestige Deck 5
 

(204 ft2)

From $6,930

Prestige Deck 6
 

(204 ft2)

From $7,290

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(290 ft2)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(290 ft2)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(290 ft2)

Fully booked

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(290 ft2)

From $9,910

Prestige Deck 5 Suite
 

(409 ft2)

From $13,190

Prestige Deck 6 Suite
 

(409 ft2)

Fully booked

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(344 ft2)

From $14,510

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(344 ft2)

From $14,510

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(484 ft2)

Fully booked

Owner's Suite
 

(484 ft2)

Fully booked



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Included in your cruise
For more peace of mind, PONANT organizes your trip before or after the cruise. This package is included in the price of your cruise.


Included in your cruise

Additional services
For more peace of mind, PONANT selects flights and takes care of your transfers for your trip as well as shore visits before and after the cruise.


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