For the first time since 2014, Star Clippers is planning to call on ports in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as well as Panama and its famous canal, starting November 2022 as Star Clipper is setting sail for Central America.
Voyages range from 7 to 14 days (for Panama Canal crossings), with fares starting at US$1,560 per person, double occupancy. For a limited time, passengers residing in North, Central, and South America can benefit from an early booking promotion on Central American sailings.
A pair of 7-day sailings round-trip from Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas) call on popular Costa Rican towns and ports in Panama or Nicaragua.
The port of Quepos, Costa Rica, located close to Manuel Antonio National Park, allows passengers to encounter monkeys, sloths, and ~450 species of birds. The beaches on Isla Tortuga are best for snorkeling or taking a dip. In San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the beaches provide incredible surfing, and cruisers can glimpse the Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia statue at the bay's northern end, one of the world's largest statues of Jesus.
A couple of cruises between Panama City (Fuerte Amador, Balboa), and Costa Rica offer a dive into the unique environment of Panama. The uninhabited Isla Iguana wildlife reserve is located on Panama’s Pacific coast where passengers can watch the colorful frigate birds and visit coral reefs containing 500+ marine species including olive ridley sea turtles. Those looking for a “deserted island” moment will enjoy Isla San Jose, Pearl Islands, a 44-km paradise.
With 800+ miles of coastline and amazing coral reefs, Costa Rica offers great opportunities for snorkeling. Star Clippers water sports program allows passengers to borrow snorkeling equipment for the duration of the voyage.
A couple of Panama Canal cruises at the beginning and end of the season allows vacationers to experience the feat of engineering firsthand. The 14-night journeys sail between Bridgetown Barbados, and Balboa, Panama. Ports of call are in Aruba, Grenada, Columbia, among others.