Small Ship Cruising

The Panama Canal & Costa Rica

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$6,990
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Panama City, Manuel Antonio National Park, Gamboa Rainforest Resort, San José, Sarchí, Panama Canal
Costa Rica and Panama Canal Cruise
Bridge of the Americas, Panama Canal

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Tour Overview

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,130

 

7-night cruise aboard one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts

 

Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions

 

Full small-ship transit of the Panama Canal with onboard commentary by a local expert

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Our Panama canal cruises takes you on an adventure for the ages.

Cultural journeys and expeditions

Marvel in awe of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century... cruise along the canal that revolutionized shipping patterns... gaze in awe as you pass the tropical forests, secluded beaches diverse wildlife and clear waters that make up Costa Rica and Panama, and whose many treasures remain undisturbed by development.

A 7-night voyage aboard one of Ponant's new Explorer Class yachts – the sister ships Le Champlain or Le Dumont d'Urville – features a complete transit of the Panama Canal, and an opportunity for cultural exchange with locals in Panama and along Costa Rica's Pacific coast. Explore the rich interior and its abundant wildlife with our expert naturalists. Go swimming or snorkeling, land on islands via tender or Zodiac craft, visit a gold museum in San José and learn how coffee beans are harvested and brewed to perfection. Experience the pleasures of Tauck small ship cruising on a Panama Canal and Costa Rica cruise! Read Less

See for yourself what Small Ship Cruising is all about

Full transit of the Panama Canal

Join a special club by cruising through the remarkable Panama Canal

When the Panama Canal first opened in 1914, some enthusiasts called it one of the “seven wonders of the world” – it was certainly one of the world’s most incredible engineering endeavors. For the first time, a ship traveling from New York to San Francisco could save over 7,000 miles by not having to sail around South America. Over a century later, you’ll join the special ranks of travelers to traverse the entire length of the canal; crossing aboard a small ship makes the experience an even more memorable one. Taking approximately eight to ten hours, your vessel passes through three locks (the Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatún) as it’s raised up and over the isthmus’ land surface for a total of 85 ft. before passing between the Atlantic and the Pacific!

Manuel Antonio National Park

Exploring the eco-treasures of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park

Although Manuel Antonio National Park encompasses the smallest land area of any national park in Costa Rica, it is home to more than a hundred species of mammals and nearly 200 species of birds, outranking virtually every other park in Costa Rica's richly biodiverse national park system. Mammalian residents include sloths (like the brown-throated three-toed sloth and Hoffmann's two-toed sloth), monkeys (mantled howler monkey, Central American squirrel monkey, and white-headed capuchin monkey), white-nosed coati and many more. Along with the rich tropical rainforests that all this wildlife calls home, the park also comprises coral reefs and miles of white sand beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Costa Rica... a virtual paradise!

Fascinating trip - Tauck finds little gems that we would never see on our own. Our TD lives near the Canal Zone, so we got a unique history from a local's POV.

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Welcome Aboard

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Deluxe Suite

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Prestige Suite

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Grand Deluxe Suite

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Deck 7

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Deck 6

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Prestige Suite

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Prestige Stateroom

Deluxe Suite

Privilege Suite

Grand Deluxe Suite

Deck 5

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Prestige Suite

(Two combined Prestige Staterooms)

Prestige Stateroom

Deluxe Suite

Privilege Suite

Grand Deluxe Suite

Owner's Suite

Deck 4

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Prestige Stateroom

Deluxe Suite

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Deluxe Stateroom

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Your Journey

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Cruise Protection Product

Your cruise is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Cruise Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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