Natural and Cultural History in Central America

8 days / 7 nights
    Expedition
    New itinerary
    Natural and Cultural History in Central America

    Cruise Latin America

    from 30 December 2019 to 6 January 2020
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Colón
    Arrival Port : Puerto Caldera

    Ship : LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    • Ref : U301219

    PONANT takes you to discover Panama and Costa Rica with a brand-new 8-day expedition cruise. A truly beautiful journey aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville, between sailing through the Panama Canal, nature reserves and encounters with local communities.  

    After sailing through the world-famous Panama Canal, which connects the Pacific to the Atlantic, you will enjoy the stunning beaches on Viveros Island in the heart of the Pearl Islands.

    Le Dumont-d’Urville 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. Rrocky 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 Embera community.

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

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

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    Highlights

     

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Enjoy unforgettable New Year celebrations aboard your ship.
    • UNESCO site: the Darien National Park from Punta Alegre, and its magnificent jungle.
    • Optional excursions in the national parks of Costa Rica, sanctuaries of unspoiled nature: the Manuel Antonio National Park from Quepos, the Carara National Park from Herradura.
    • Rich and varied tropical plants and wildlife.
    • Sail through the Panama Canal, truly a masterpiece of civil engineering.
    • Encounter with the indigenous Emberas tribe in the Darien National Park.
    • Spend some time relaxing on the beach on Viveros in the Pearl Islands.

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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² 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.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² 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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    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² 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
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² 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
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² 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
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 4

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² 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.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² 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
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 3

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² 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
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² 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 access wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² 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 access wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilege Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² 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 access wifi
    •  Butler service.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30mprivate balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds
    • Shower & Bathtub + Jacuzzi on terrace
    • 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
    •  Butler service.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   

    LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

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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

    30 December 2019 – Crossing the Panama Canal

    Colón

    Embarkation 30/12/2019 from 19H00 to 20H00 . Departure 30/12/2019 at 23H00 .

    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.

    31 December 2019 – Crossing the Panama Canal

    31 December 2019 – Crossing the Panama Canal

    Arrival 31/12/2019. Departure 31/12/2019.

    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.

    1 January 2020 – Viveros, Pearl Islands

    1 January 2020 – Viveros, Pearl Islands

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

    2 January 2020 – Punta Alegre, Darien National Park

    2 January 2020 – Punta Alegre, Darien National Park

    Arrival 02/01/2020. Departure 02/01/2020.

    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. You will love its extraordinary scenery of rocky coastlines, mountain ranges, mangroves, rivers and creeks. If you head for the Afro-Darienite village of Punta Alegre, you will gain a deeper insight into this unexplored area. This tiny coastal village is home to the Emberas Amerindian community. From Punta Alegre, you can head to Darien National Park, listed by UNESCO as World Heritage and considered one of the most diversified parks in the whole of Central America.

    3 January 2020 – At sea

    3 January 2020 – At sea

    Arrival 03/01/2020. Departure 03/01/2020.

    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.

    4 January 2020 – Quepos

    4 January 2020 – Quepos

    Arrival 04/01/2020. Departure 04/01/2020.

    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.

    5 January 2020 – Herradura

    5 January 2020 – Herradura

    Arrival 05/01/2020. Departure 05/01/2020.

    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.

    6 January 2020▸5 January 2020 – Puerto Caldera

    Puerto Caldera

    Disembarkation 06/01/2020 at 07H00 .

    The port of Puerto Caldera lies on the Pacific coast in the Gulf of Nicoya. Further inland, step into the midst of a luscious tropical forest. Among the countless natural wonders to be found here, the Poas volcano towers up in all its majestic glory. Venture deeper into the luxuriant canopy and enjoy a unique experience as you slide from one tree to the next in total safety. Back on firm ground, an untouched cove offers up glimpses of osprey, tireless fishing birds that circle the surf to catch their next meal.

    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.

    Theme

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Important information

    Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landings"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

    Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

    Travelling to isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. In remote areas, please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

     

    Clothing tips:

    • Cotton comfortable and light-weight shorts/bermuda shorts
    • Light weight long trousers
    • Long-sleeved breathable SPF50+ shirts
    • Cotton short sleeved T-shirt
    • Aquatic UV long-sleeved T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming 
    • Aquatic non-slip sandals 
    • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
    • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap and veil to protect the neck
    • Comfortable walking shoes

    Accessories:

    • Highly protective sunglasses.
    • Sunscreen and after-sun with high SPF index & insect repellent
    • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing).
    • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water).
    • Camelbak (backpack with water pockets)
    • Walking poles (highly recommended).

     

    Please note:

    During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

    Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT store:

    • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
    • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
    • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
    • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      06/01/2020 – NATURAL WONDERS OF COSTA RICA (2 NIGHTS)

      1730.00 AU$ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      29/12/2019 – DISCOVER PANAMA CITY (1 NIGHT)

      540.00 AU$ **

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    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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