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

Puntarenas - Colón

Dates:
26/2/2026
to  5/3/2026

Other available dates

8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
AU$8,360
per person
30% Ponant Bonus

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 travelers 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 Champlain, 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 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.

Your ship calls next in 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.

Le Champlain continues to Fuerte Amador for an exploration of Panama City’s Old Quarter and of the region’s fantastic biodiversity at the superb Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo.

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.

After a daytime sailing from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean through the world-famous Panama Canal, your final call will be 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 Guna community call these islands home, and you may encounter them along the beach.

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


Ref : PC4545US - EC260226


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Choose your stateroom

Choose your stateroom

Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(19 m²)

From AU$8,360 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(19 m²)

From AU$9,230 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(19 m²)

From AU$9,680 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(19 m²)

From AU$10,210 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(27 m²)

From AU$14,080 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(27 m²)

From AU$14,080 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(27 m²)

From AU$14,080 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(27 m²)

From AU$14,080 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 5
 

(38 m²)

From AU$18,900 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(38 m²)

From AU$19,860 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(32 m²)

From AU$20,840 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(32 m²)

From AU$20,840 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(45 m²)

From AU$22,850 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Owner's Suite Deck 5
 

(45 m²)

From AU$33,920 per person



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