Costa Rica & Panama

A Panama cruise is full of adventures, excitement and lifetime memories

7 Nights, 8 days, departing from Panama.

The Treasures of Costa Rica and the Panama Canal Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Costa Rica and the Panama Canal. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Unravelling the Pacific Ocean coast line of Costa Rica. We will reach the Nature Reserves and National Parks of Isla Coiba and Manuel Antonio, witness life in the Darrien Jungle, visit Tortuga island and Curu and cross the celebrated Panama Canal, an event for every avid cruise goer.Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich flora and fauna diversity to intrigue you.

Your vessel: the elegant motor yacht: M/Y Callisto

Callisto

Ports of call: Panama City - Gatun Lake - Granita de Oro Island - Coiba Island - Golfo Dulce - Puerto Jimenez - Playa Biesanz - Curu - Tortuga Island - Puntarenas Port (Costa Rica)

The Yacht Cruise Experience

Day-by-Day Itinerary

Panama City

Flamenco Marina – Panama City

Embarkation – 15:00 to 16.30. Welcome reception and safety drill. Late afternoon optional walking tour in old Panama City, Casco Viejo. Overnight in port

Panama canal crossing

Flamenco Marina – Panama City

Morning Optional excursion to the Gatun Lake and explore Fort San Lorenzo Spanish Historical Forts. Visit the Panama Canal Expansion Observation Center in Gatun and enjoy lunch there. Return to Panama city and visit the Canal Museum and watch the movements of ships in the locks.

Panama City

Panama City – Pearl Islands

Early morning sailing and arrival in PEARL ISLANDS. Morning swimming and snorkeling. Late evening sailing to Punta Patino. Overnight at anchor

Embera Indians Handicrafts Panama

Punta Patino – Darrien, Panama

Optional excursion to Punta Patino in the Darrien National park and to the Mogue Embera Reserve. We sail upstream the Mogue river in dugout canoes and reach the Village of Mogue after passing through a mangroves ecosystem. We are welcome by Embera Indians, one of the 7 indigenous groups living in Panama. They are proud and very friendly and known for their beautiful handicrafts and well preserved traditions. Afternoon sailing to Cebaco Island – Overnight at sea.

Granita do Oro Island Panama

Caiman Caleta / Restingue Island – Cebaco Island

Morning arrival in Caleta Caiman/ Restingue Island for an amazing swimming and snorkeling experience in this little paradise island. Around noon we will to nearby Cebaco Island. Beach BBQ and time to swim and enjoy the beautiful beach. Early afternoon, sailing to Golfo Dulce – Overnight at sea

Coiba Island Panama

Golfito, Costa Rica

We reach Golfito in the early morning for immigration procedures before continuing our sailing to nearby CASA ORQUIDEAS where we anchor.

Casa Orquideas Private Reserve, Costa Rica

Optional excursion in Casa Orquideas, a beautiful flowers sanctuary. Visit of extensive and very well kept grounds. Time to swim at the end of the visit. We then sail across the Bay to Puerto Jimenez while having a BBQ on deck.

Puerto Jimenez – Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

We reach Puerto Jimenez early in the afternoon. Optional OSA PENINSULA excursion. The park is part of one of the biological corridors leading to the Corcovado National Park and offers the opportunity for a smooth walk in secondary forest and interaction with endemic animal life. Overnight at sea to Quepos.

Quepos, Costa Rica

Morning arrival in Quepos and transfer to the MANUEL ANTONIO RESERVE, for your morning Optional Excursion, one of the highlights of the cruise. After lunch you can take one of the optional Forest Canopy or Savegre River excursions. Afternoon sailing to nearby Playa Biesanz.

Playa Biesanz, Costa Rica

Playa Bisanz afternoon swim. (Savegre River or Forest Canopy tour excursion participants rejoin the ship in Playa Biesanz). Tropical Farewell evening with dinner and party. Late evening sailing to Puerto Caldera

Casa Orquideas Puerto Jimenez Costa Rica

Puerto Caldera Port

Arrival in Puerto Caldera Port 08:00- Disembarkation 09:00 to 10:00.

Playa Biesanz Costa Rica

Departures will alternate between Panama and Costa Rica. When Departing from Costa Rica the itinerary will operate in reverse.

The Weather

The Pacific coast around Guanacaste, on the other hand is hot and dry, perfect for the many world-class beaches. Costa Rica itself has an average temperature of 70 Fto 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real summer or winter. It does however have a rainy season from May to November.

The Yacht - M/Y Callisto

The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto recently joined the VARIETY CRUISES fleet and is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety.

 The yacht’s public areas are cozy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. T

M/YCallisto
Launched Rebuilt2000 / 2005
Renovated2015 - 2016
Length50.00 meters
Breadth8.00 meters
Draft3.80 meters
Crew16 - 18 persons
Cruising speed10.00 knots
Cabins17

Cabins

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category C:

Lower Deck

Twin Beds

The category C cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabin Category B and C

Category B:

Lower Deck

Twin Beds

The category B cabins are located on the lower deck featuring port holes.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV, telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.
Callisto Cabin Category A

Category A:

Main Deck

Twin or Double Beds

The category A cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category A cabins at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category A cabins are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Callisto Cabins Category P

Category P:

Main Deck

Twin or Double Beds

The category P cabins are located on the Main deck featuring large windows. Category P cabins located at the bow section of the Main deck are equipped with Double beds, while all other Category P cabins at the Main Deck are equipped with Twin beds.They all have marble-appointed en suite bathrooms with showers. Cabins have individually controlled A/C and fitted with TV,  telephone (for internal use), hairdryers, mini-fridge, central music, public address system and safe boxes.

Prices

Costa Rica & Panama

2018 PRICES (£) PER PERSON
SATURDAY DEPARTURES FROM PUERTO CALDERA (COSTA RICA) OR FLAMENCO MARINA (PANAMA)
Departure datesCategory CCategory BCategory ACategory PEarly Booking DiscountDeparture Port
30/12/2017£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
06/01/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
13/01/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
20/01/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
27/01/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
03/02/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
10/02/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
17/02/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
24/02/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
03/03/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
10/03/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
17/03/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
24/03/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)
31/03/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Puerto Caldera (Costa Rica)
07/04/2018£2,051£2,222£2,735£2,949-10%Flamenco Marina(Panama)

Costa Rica & Panama - port charges, flights and supplements 2018

 Category CCategory BCategory ACategory P
Port charges(mandatory)£333£333£333£333
Flights inc luggage from£895£895£895£895
Transfers from£110£110£110£110
Single supplement60%60%60%60%
3rd person reduction30%30%N/AN/A
  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning, mini fridge and flat screen TV with complimentary movies.
  • Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, locally themed party evening, fun BBQ on deck or on the beach (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day, plus abundant fresh fruit.
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment & sea kayaks (subject to availability).
  • Professional English speaking Cruise Director.
  • Beverages except regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water.
  • Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
  • Crew tips.
  • Passenger personal expenses
  • Wi-Fi (available at charge)

Direct flights to San Jose in Costa Rica from London Gatwick or from Heathrow via Madrid. Total duration approximately 9 (direct) to 14 hours.

Flights to Panama City from London Heathrow via Madrid, Amsterdam and CDG Paris. Total duration from 15 hours.

 

ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 9511

From San Jose airport to Puerto Caldera approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by road.

From Panama City airport to Flamenco Marina approximately 30 minutes by car or minivan.

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