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Passage through The Panama Canal and Costa Rica

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star, All-Suite, Small Ship LE DUMONT D’URVILLE

Date: Wed, February 5, 2020 - Thu, February 13, 2020

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: from $4,995 plus air

Activity Level: Active

Region: Central America

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San José, Costa Rica, then cruise for seven nights from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to Colón, Panama, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star Le Dumont d’Urville, launching in 2019 and featuring the world’s first luxury underwater observatory. Experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica’s Manuel Antonio National Park and Curú National Wildlife Refuge. Call at rarely visited Isla Cébaco and discover the rich marine life in its vivid coral reefs. Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and visit the San Blas Islands. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary. Extend your stay with the Costa Rica’s Cultural and Natural Riches Pre-Program and Dynamic Panama Post-Program Options.


Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada/Arrive San José, Costa Rica
  2. San José/Puerto Caldera/Embark Le Dumont d’Urville
  3. Curú National Wildlife Refuge/Isla Tortuga
  4. Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park
  5. Isla Cébaco, Panama
  6. Panama City
  7. Panama Canal Transit/Colón
  8. San Blas Islands
  9. Colón/Disembark ship/Agua Clara Visitor Center**/Panama City/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary is subject to change.
**Agua Clara visit is departure flight time permitting.



  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the newest Five‑Star expedition ship, Le Dumont d’Urville, launching in 2019.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms—each with a private balcony!
  • Once-in-a-lifetimedaytime passage through the Panama Canal.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout cruise. Complimentary Wi-Fi aboard the ship.
  • Comprehensive cruise/land program—islands, jungle, wildlife, culture, history—all excursions included.
  • Accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels and an excursion included in each port.
  • Onboard naturalist guides and specially arranged lectures.
  • Visit Panama City’s Casco Antiguo, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Swimming and snorkeling opportunities in pristine waters offer extraordinary visibility and color.
  • Costa Rica’s Cultural and Natural Riches Pre‑Program and Dynamic Panama Post-Program Options.
Costa Rica’s Cultural And Natural Riches
Pre-Program Option
Experience a medley of Costa Rica’s diverse biospheres, from steamy hot springs to misty cloud forests. Tour historic San José, an organic chocolate workshop, an award-winning coffee estate and a traditional artisan town known for intricately hand-painted woodcrafts. In view of towering Arenal Volcano, explore the lush rainforest along a series of suspended and fixed bridges. Accommodations are for two nights in the hacienda-style Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San José and two nights in the ideally located Hotel Royal Corin Resort and Loto Spa.
This Pre-Program pricing includes a credit for the cost of one of the two nights’ accommodations in San José and the San José city tour, as these features are already included in the cost of your main program.
Dynamic Panama—The Renaissance of a City
Post-Program Option
An exploration of old and new, Panama is the perfect complement to “the crossroads of the Americas.” Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Panama Viejo to see the ruins of the oldest European settlement on the Pacific American coast, cruise the Gatún River to meet the indigenous Embera people and visit the fascinating Agua Clara Visitor Center for panoramic views of the Panama Canal expansion. Spend two nights in the ideally located, deluxe Bristol Panama Hotel.
The Pre-Program and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

Duke Leaders

Prof. Nicolas Cassar, PhD.

Professor of Biogeochemistry, and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Doctoral Programs, Duke Nicholas School of the Environment

Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

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