National Parks and Panama Canal

8 days / 7 nights
    National Parks and Panama Canal

    Cruise Latin America

    from 23 January 2020 to 30 January 2020
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Puerto Caldera
    Arrival Port : Colón

    Ship : LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    • Ref : U230120

    PONANT takes you to discover Costa Rica and Panama with an 8-day cruise. A truly beautiful journey between nature reserves, encounters with local communities and sailing through the Panama Canal.  

    Your journey in Central America will start with a visit to two superb Costa Rican national parks: the Carara National Park and the Manuel Antonio National Park. Deep inside the tropical rainforest or under the rainforest canopy, you may be lucky enough to see multicoloured birds, monkeys, crocodiles and iguana.  

    Your ship will then sail on to the magnificent Darien National Park in Panama. This little corner of paradise is a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to remarkable plants and wildlife. Sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, mangroves, swamps and tropical rainforests vie with each other for beauty and offer a feast for photographers. This will also be the occasion for meeting the astonishing semi-nomadic Emberas community.

    After sailing through the world-famous Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic to the Pacific, you will be able to enjoy the golden sand and translucent water of Holandes Cayes, one of the coral islets of the San Blas islands.

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    Highlights

    • Shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables.
    • UNESCO site: the Darien National Park from Playa Muerto, and its magnificent jungle.
    • Optional additional cost excursions in the national parks of Costa Rica, sanctuaries of unspoiled nature: the Carara National Park from Herradura, the Manuel Antonio National Park from Quepos.
    • Discover the magnificent islets of the San Blas Islands and the picture-postcard beaches of Quepos.
    • Sailing through the Panama Canal, truly a masterpiece of civil engineering.
    • Encounters with the indigenous Emberas tribe in the Darien National Park and with the Kuna Indians of the San Blas archipelago.

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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27
    • 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27
    • 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 20%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 3

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 20%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   

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    LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

    As the fourth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

    Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

    Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

    Port of call & excursions

    23 January 2020 – Herradura

    Puerto Caldera

    Embarkation 23/01/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 23/01/2020 at 18H00 .

    The port of Puerto Caldera lies on the Pacific coast, in the Puntarenas region, at the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya. Areas of wilderness stretch along the coast. Further inland, among the countless natural wonders to be found in the generous rainforest of the Costa Rica’s national parks, Poas and Arena volcanoes towers up in all their majestic glory. In this luxuriant natural setting, Costa Rica protects one of the planet’s richest biodiversity: monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles, waterfalls, canyons, and more than ten thousand species of tropical plants.

    24 January 2020 – Herradura

    24 January 2020 – Herradura

    Arrival 24/01/2020 early morning. Departure 24/01/2020 late afternoon.

    Herradura takes its name in Spanish from the horseshoe form of its bay, covered in lush tropical vegetation, its beauty enhanced by the hills that loom over it. This small town is surrounded by national parks that are remarkable for the rich variety of fauna and flora they protect. When your ship calls here, it will be the moment to take a journey in small covered boats along the Tarcoles River, whose banks are home to crocodiles and iguanas. This mangrove also hosts the loyal and flamboyant Scarlet Macaw, with its red, blue and yellow plumage, known for mating with the same partner for life.

    25 January 2020 – Quepos

    25 January 2020 – Quepos

    Arrival 25/01/2020 early morning. Departure 25/01/2020 late afternoon.

    Quepos makes for a charming stop-off on the Pacific coast, just next-door to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, an untouched tropical natural reserve lined with white sandy beaches. The town's seafront is an opportunity to stroll through market stalls touting pineapples and bananas in the shade of the manchineel trees. In this coastal town criss-crossed with tree-lined streets in bloom, admire the houses and their incredible sculpted balconies. Enjoy a spot of shopping in the many traditional boutiques: pick up some handmade cotton clothing, ceramics embellished with Costa Rican designs and home décor pieces in hand-painted wood.

    26 January 2020 – At sea

    26 January 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 26/01/2020. Departure 26/01/2020.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    27 January 2020 – Playa Muerto, Darien National Park

    27 January 2020 – Playa Muerto, Darien National Park

    Arrival 27/01/2020 early morning. Departure 27/01/2020 midday.

    The most remote and least developed region of Panama, the province of Darien is an unspoilt land with an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna. Listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, Darien National Park offers its extraordinary scenery of rocky coastlines, mountain ranges, mangroves, rivers and creeks. Discover Playa Muerto, a tiny coastal village home to the Emberas Amerindian community. You will visit the village, attend traditional songs and dances of the locals, and admire beautiful local craft.

    28 January 2020 – Crossing the Panama Canal

    28 January 2020 – Crossing the Panama Canal

    Arrival 28/01/2020 early morning. Departure 28/01/2020 late afternoon.

    Aboard your ship, experience something unique, that has inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: sailing the Panama Canal. Its construction started in 1880 under the direction of Ferdinand De Lesseps. Abandoned then resumed, this marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. The canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama and links the Atlantic to the Pacific. Including three levels of locks and by raising ships to the level of Lake Gatun, almost as if the water was a lift, it allows them to avoid having to round Cape Horn.

    29 January 2020 – Holandes Cayes

    29 January 2020 – Holandes Cayes

    Arrival 29/01/2020 early morning. Departure 29/01/2020 late afternoon.

    Holandes Cayes is among the islands of the San Blas archipelago, a string of coral islands that graces the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Some 378 islands and cays covering an area of 260 square kilometres offer travellers a multitude of natural and cultural treasures. Holandes Cayes, which is nicknamed "the swimming pool", is popular with the cruise-yachting community for its white sand beaches and diving and snorkelling opportunities.

    30 January 2020▸29 January 2020 – Colón

    Colón

    Disembarkation 30/01/2020 at 07H00 .

    Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city.  Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      22/01/2020 – DISCOVER SAN JOSE AND VILLAGES IN THE VALLEY (1 NIGHT)

      460.00 € **

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    2. After your cruise

      30/01/2020 – COLONIAL PANAMA AND MIRAFLORES LOCKS

      180.00 € **

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    3. Your packages

      22/01/2020 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover San Jose & Villages in the valley 1N (Pre) + Colonial Panama and Miraflores locks (Post)

      1730.00 € **

      20/01/2020 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Natural wonders of Costa Rica 3N (PRE) +Colonial Panama and Miraflores locks (POST)

      2810.02 € **
    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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