February 3 to 11, 2018
February 9 to 17, 2018
Few experiences can match one of the world’s most dramatic voyages, a cruise from the Atlantic to the Pacific through one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world, the ingenious Panama Canal. Having celebrated its centennial anniversary just three years ago and the completion of a monumental expansion doubling its capacity last year, this marvel of engineering and 50-mile passage through the narrow isthmus of Panama continues to astonish even today’s most veteran traveler. During a specially arranged daylight transit, experience firsthand the mighty locks that raise and lower oceangoing vessels 85 feet and using no other power than the force of gravity, accomplishing in mere hours what would have taken a three-week circumnavigation of South America in years gone by.
We invite you to join us for this voyage of a lifetime featuring a narrated
passage through the historic Panama Canal and to the unspoiled rainforests
of Panama and Costa Rica during the best time of year. On this comprehensive itinerary, explore the heart of Panama City’s UNESCO World Heritage-designated Casco Antiguo—the city’s old town—and tour acclaimed architect Frank Gehry’s only design in Latin America, Panama City’s Biodiversity Museum. Visit Panama’s ancient San Blas Islands, where the Guna Indians live much as they did centuries ago. Experience one of our planet’s most pristine ecosystems in the rainforests, islands and archipelagos of Panama
and Costa Rica.
This spectacular offering features the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, all-Suite Star Breeze, relaunched in 2015 by an award-winning cruise line after an expansive, $8.5 million refurbishment. This sophisticated small ship features only 106 Suites, six with a private furnished veranda and 36 with private French-style balcony—ideal for your own secluded viewing of the daylight passage through the Panama Canal. Dock in small ports of call inaccessible to larger vessels and enjoy the advantages of Five-Star small ship cruising—casually elegant ocean-view accommodations, an exclusive itinerary carefully crafted with enriching excursions led by experienced onboard naturalists and no waiting in long lines.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Gatún Locks, Panama Canal
Coral reef, Costa Rica