Costa Rica/Panama
  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,499 / person
  • (Call 800.575.1540 for single supplement details single supplement)

From Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica to the Panama Canal, discover Central America on a luxurious 8-day cruise.

  • Adult Vacations
  • Couples Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Snorkeling / Swimming
  • Wine / Gourmet

Activity Level: Easy

This Tour

Mother Nature and human masterminding at their best in one weeklong voyage brought to us by Xanterra’s Windstar Cruises. Sail the exquisite marine and wildlife-rich shores of Costa Rica and Panama’s Pacific coastline, topping off your journey by transiting the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most stunning feats of engineering.

  • Spot tapirs, jaguars and scarlet macaws in Corcovado National Park, deemed by National Geographic “one of the most biologically intense places on earth”
  • Keep an eye out for breaching whales and pods of playful dolphins welcoming you to the crystalline waters of Osa Peninsula’s Bahia Drake
  • Come face to face with howler, white-faced and spider monkeys and listen for the sharp pseek! of the fiery-billed aracari on a hike through virgin rainforest in Golfito
  • Snorkel among schools of manta rays in Coiba National Park, home to one of the largest coral reefs in Central America
  • Exchange smiles with a lockside lineman as he guides your yacht through the Panama Canal
  • Wrap up your day aboard the 148-passenger Wind Spirit, your home throughout your stay, with an aromatherapy massage and dinner under the stars
Marguey behind a tree
Photo: Marguey behind a tree

What an awesome trip! Costa Rica is a magical place.

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Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)/Panama City, Panama (PTY)

Day 1: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica or Colón, Panama – Embark
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica or Colón, Panama – Embark
Meals Included:  D
Overnight: Wind Spirit

Begin your journey in either Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica or Colón, Panama, depending on the week your cruise departs.

An industrial port complex for both cruise ships and cargo vessels, Puerto Caldera belongs to the Puntarenas Province. The unspoiled natural beauty of the region is one of Puerto Caldera’s main attractions. Its rainforest, which starts just inside the coastline and continues up into the mountain ranges, contain rivers, waterfalls, parks, and wildlife preserves.

Colón’s history has always been defined by the desire for riches of its natural resources. From its gold and silver to its value as a trade route made possible by the Panama Canal, Colón is today known for the Zona Libre – the largest free-trade zone in the Americas.

Far less commercial, the area surrounding the city encompasses pristine beaches, lowland rainforests, splendid colonial architecture, and wonders of modern engineering.

Early evening, board your Windstar yacht, meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you’ll begin your cruise en route to many exciting destinations!

About the Wind Spirit
The Wind Spirit is a sleek, four-masted sailing yacht accommodating 148 guests. With four decks and a gross tonnage of 5,350, Wind Spirit feels like your own private yacht.

Wind Spirit features wide open, teak decks – quite unusual for small ships. With over 10,000 square feet of open deck space, guests will find hidden nooks for private moments giving them a feeling of being on their own private veranda.

All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV and DVD player and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner’s Suite includes a sitting area.

Wind Spirit offers two primary dining venues. AmphorA Restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and the Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation of Candles which features steaks and skewers.

Wind Spirit amenities WindSpa, casino and entertainment lounge, water-sports platform, library, pool, and hot tub.

Day 2 - 7: Exploration of Costa Rica and Panama’s Coastal Towns and National Parks
Exploration of Costa Rica and Panama’s Coastal Towns and National Parks
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Wind Spirit

You’ll be spending your days cruising from either Puerto Caldera to Colón or Colón to Puerto Caldera (depending on the week) discovering the natural and manmade wonders combined on this exotic voyage.

Quepos, Golfito, Isla do Coiba and Panama Canal are just a few of the places you’ll explore!

Day 8: Colón or Puerto Caldera – Disembark
Colón or Puerto Caldera – Disembark

Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Colón or Puerto Caldera for disembarkation.

A transfer can be provided to the airport or your hotel at an extra cost.

* This trip is operated by Windstar Cruises in partnership with Austin Adventures and goes in both directions.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to ocean, weather, and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Windstar Cruises and Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $2,499 / person
  • (Call 800.575.1540 for single supplement details single supplement)

Recommended Travel Months

CALL (800) 575-1540 for details

Additional Trip Information


This trip runs from either Puerto Caldera to Colón or Colón to Puerto Caldera depending on the week so please plan accordingly.

  • Embarkation time at on Day 1 is at 1:00 pm.
  • All guests should be on board no later than one hour before departure.
  • The Wind Spirit departs Puerto Caldera or Colón at 6:00 pm.
  • Passports are collected upon embarkation and held safely by the Purser’s Office until the end of the cruise.
  • On disembarkation day (Day 8), you will arrive into either Colón or Puerto Caldera at 7:00 AM.
  • Transfers to and from the embarkation and disembarkation sites from the airport or your hotel are not included in the trip price, but may be purchased at an additional cost through your Adventure Travel Consultant at time of booking.

By night, your yacht will cruise to your next destination or port in order to maximize your time to explore a new city each day.

Every day (except for 1 day spent at sea), you will arrive in a new city at approximately 8:00 AM with instructions to return to the yacht by a specific departure time (usually late afternoon – evening).

During the day, you have your choice of exploring the city on your own, or you may choose to pay extra for a shore excursion (payments for shore excursions are made at the time you book your cruise). Excursions range from sport fishing to city touring to horseback riding.

For a list of all of the shore excursions provided on your Windstar cruise, please ask your adventure travel consultant for more details.


The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals aboard the ship: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Stateroom or suite accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Ocean transportation.
  • All meals and entertainment on board the ship.
  • Knowledgeable and friendly crew (90 international crew members).
  • Use of library, pool and hot tub.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt and luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Wind Star captain and crew.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Laundry.
  • Transfers to or after cruise (dis)embarkation.
  • Optional programs, activities, or shore excursions.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.

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A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. Long ago, swimmers were charged 36 cents to cross the Panama Canal.
  • 2. Panama is the only place in the world where you can watch the sun rise on the Pacific and watch the sun set on the Atlantic.
  • 3. National Geographic named Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park one of the “most biographically diverse place on the planet.”

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