Special Seven Lands and Seas Travel Escorted Windstar Tropical Escape Cruise on March 12, 2019!
Join Seven Lands and Seas Travel on this Escorted Cruise on March 12, 2019 and 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.
This amazing cruise will be escorted by Seven Lands and Seas Travel's Director of Sales, Yvonne Sala! To book or for more information, call 703-706-0011 or email Yvonne@7landsandseas.com today!
DAY 1: PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA
Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.
DAY 2: QUEPOS, COSTA RICA
The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.
DAY 3: PUERTO JIMENEZ (GOLFO DULCE), COSTA RICA
Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.\
DAY 4: ISLA PARIDA, PANAMA
Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal clear waters stay at 82 degrees year round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to Windstar's Signature Beach Party on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
DAY 6: PEARL ISLANDS, PANAMA
The most frequented of the Pearl Islands (known and named for the large pearls found there), Isla Contadora is small, covering less than 1 square mile. It was the island the Spanish stopped at to count the harvested pearls collected prior to returning to Spain. The pearls found around these islands were of many colors and sizes and the industry thrived until the early 1900s when an underwater epidemic killed most of the pearl oysters. These islands offer white-sand beaches and warm, turquoise waters. There is excellent snorkeling and it became a vacation destination in the early 1970s. Activities here include deep-sea fishing and SCUBA diving.
DAY 7: PANAMA CANAL, PANAMA
At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.
DAY 8: COLÓN, PANAMA
Explore the inner workings of the Panama Canal, head into the jungle to meet with Embera Indians, or take an aerial tram ride through the rainforest canopy.
DAY 12: ORANJESTAD, ARUBA
Known for having some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, this Dutch port makes it easy to just … take it easy. Walk through town to choose your favorite carved wooden door, or spend the day like the Arubans do playing dominos at a beachside table.
• Enjoy a daylight transit of the Panama Canal highlighted by an onboard expert
• See the famous divi-divi trees in Aruba, all pointing west from the trade winds
• Visit Colón’s vast Free Trade Zone for tax-free shopping
• Explore Golfo Dulce, one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas
• Take a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park looking for the many species of wildlife living there
• Indulge your taste buds at Windstar’s Signature Beach Party on secluded Isla Parida
Call Seven Lands and Seas Travel at 703-706-0011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.