- Saturday, January 16—Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
- Sunday, January 17—Quepos, Costa Rica
- Monday, January 18—Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
- Monday, January 18—Golfito, Costa Rica (clearance purposes)
- Tuesday, January 19—Isla Parida, Panama
- Wednesday, January 20—At Sea
- Thursday, January 21—Balboa/Fuerte Amador, Panama
- Friday, January 22—Transit Panama Canal, Panama
- Saturday, January 23—Colon, Panama
The entire trip does require a moderate level of mobility—walking on rocky, sandy, or uneven terrain, gentle hiking uphill, and getting in and out of tenders (smaller boats) on steep stairwells from the ship and on shore. Please note there are no elevators on board, and each deck is accessible by stairs only. If you have limited mobility and would require assistance to move about the ship or go on any of the excursions you decide to take, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.
About Our Destination
The climate in both Costa Rica and Panama will range between 85-95°F (29-35°C) during the day and 70-75°F (21-24°C) at night.
Being Gay in Costa Rica and Panama
In Costa Rica and Panama, the situation facing gay and lesbian travelers is better than in most Central American countries, and some areas of the country – particularly Quepos and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio – have been gay vacation destinations for two decades. Being Gay has been legal since 1971 in Costa Rica, and since 2008 in Panama. In 2015 Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to recognize gay relationships.
The official currency of Costa Rica is the colón (“colónes” is the plural); its symbol is ₡.
The official currency of Panama is the balboa (“B/.”). However, there are no balboa paper notes, and instead US federal reserve notes ($US dollars) are used in Panama.
US dollars are accepted in both Costa Rica and Panama, and so for your convenience, we recommend that you travel with small US bills. To know whether a price quoted is in colónes (in Costa Rica), balboas (in Panama), or dollars, look for ₡, B/., or $.
In both Costa Rica and Panama, Spanish and English are widely spoken.
Before Your Trip
What is Included?
- Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant Windstar Wind Star
- All meals in the ship’s restaurants, which feature gourmet fare
- 24-hour room service
- All nonalcoholic beverages: bottled water, sparkling water, sodas, fresh juices, tea, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, and espresso
- Gratuity to ship’s staff
- All port charges and service taxes
- Onboard naturalist
- Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
- Olivia staff assistance throughout
What’s Not Included?
- Transfers to or from the ship
- Ship services and incidentals, such as boutique purchases, spa services, and alcohol
- Internet and wifi access
- Optional excursions in all ports of call, and gratuities to excursion guides and staff
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.
2021 Costa Rica & Panama Canal Cruise
Cancellation 365 days or more prior to trip date
50% of trip cost
Cancellation 0-364 days prior to trip date
100% of trip cost
Community: Joining the Facebook Trip Group
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for Olivia’s Costa Rica to Panama on Facebook.
Passport and Visa
If you are a US citizen, you will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. You will not need to get a visa for travel in Costa Rica or Panama.”
If you are not a US citizen, you will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip, and you should check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to determine whether you need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment. Now more than ever it’s important to think about the unexpected. We recommend you purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date to receive the most comprehensive coverage, but it is never too late. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Click on the Travelers’ Health section, then click on the Destinations link and choose your destination in the “For Travelers” pull-down menu.
Travel and Arrival
You will need to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San José, Costa Rica (SJO). We encourage all passengers to arrive at least one day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
You will need to fly out of the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama (PTY).
Save up to 15% on your airfare through our partner airlines. Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Flight arrival and departure times
If arriving on the first day of the trip, January 16, please arrive no later than 11:45 am. Your departing flight on January 23 should leave after 12 pm. Please DO NOT book arrivals after 11:45 am on January 16 or departures prior to 12 pm on January 23!
If your flights arrive or depart outside of these timelines, you may risk missing the ship or flight departure. Optional group transfers are only available to purchase if your flights fall within these guidelines and will be available to purchase from Windstar closer to the trip start date.
Embarkation and check-in will be available after 1 pm.
Our ship will depart from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica.
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
Register at Olivia Honeymoon Wishes for your honeymoon, anniversary or other special celebration; browse through the selections and let your friends know just how easy it is for them to purchase a gift for you.
Olivia’s Preferred Travel Agency
We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel. For air travel, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost. For assistance, please call Conlin Travel: 1-888-278-1698.
Olivia Travel Gear Store
To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
Optional group transfers will be offered to purchase from Windstar.
The transit time from the airport in San José (SJO) to the ship in Puerto Caldera is 1.5 hours. Group transfers cost $69 per person (price subject to change) and can be purchased from Windstar directly. More information will be available as we get closer to the trip.
Transfer time from the ship’s dock in Colon to the airport in Panama City (PTY) is 1.5–2 hours. Guests can disembark the ship once we have clearance from customs, usually 1-2 hours after arrival. Group transfers to the airport in Panama will be available to purchase on board for $75 per person (price subject to change).
During your Trip
The Windstar msy Wind Star is a beautifully designed, intimate 4-masted sailing ship accommodating 146 passengers.
- The Yacht Club
- Small pool and jacuzzi
- Fitness center
- Signature shops
- Library and business area
- Buffet dining at Veranda (breakfast and lunch) and fine dining in Amphora (dinner)
- Candles dining under the stars
All cabins are comfortably appointed with:
- Queen-size bed with luxurious linens
- Satellite flat-screen TV with DVD player and movie channels
- Fully-stocked minibar/refrigerator (additional charge for minibar contents)
- Bathroom with granite countertop and shower
- Waffle-weave robe and slippers
- L’Occitane bath amenities
- Hair dryer
- Direct-dial phone
- Bose docking station
- 110- and 220-volt outlets
- Fresh flowers
- Fresh fruit
Delectable cuisine, delightful surroundings, inspired wine pairings...create the most delicious memories while you are on a Windstar yacht. Whether your pleasure is dinner in the exquisite Amphora fine dining restaurant, lunch alfresco at Veranda, or an indulgent dessert delivered to your room from our 24-hour room service menu, you always get to choose where to dine, no reservation required. The freshest local ingredients, seasonal produce, and amazing ingenuity go into each dish, made to order just for you.
Here, the dining room manager seats you, but where is your decision. When you dine and with whom are entirely up to you. Each delightful dish is prepared exactly to your liking—an exquisite dinner served course-by-course with a fine selection of vintage wines.
The perfect place for a romantic tête-a-tête is under the stars in Candles, Windstar’s signature outdoor restaurant transformed by night into a dreamlike paradise. Delectable cuisine, memorable surroundings, and inspired wine pairings await you.
It’s breakfast and lunch alfresco! Either order off the menu or pick from the delights of the seemingly endless buffet—the choices are many in the Veranda.
Cabins are equipped with one standard US 110-volt outlet and one European 220-volt outlet.
Excursions may be booked online beginning 30 days prior to departure. To facilitate the online booking process, you will be assigned a booking number and sent detailed information regarding shore excursions, transfers and activities—and how to book them—approximately four weeks prior to the trip.
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’, and other-behind-the-scenes crew members. Tips to your local guides on excursions are not included and are recommended.
Internet and Wireless Access
There is a computer on board for guest use; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase a wireless internet plan on board.
Laundry and Dry Cleaning
Laundry and pressing service are available on board. Dry cleaning is not available. Check on board for pricing.
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
Money: Paying for Onboard Purchases
On board, the currency is US dollars. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone to call outside the ship; the cost for use will be available on board.
A special 24-hour room service menu is available for all guests. Breakfast and lunch items from the Veranda restaurant will be available only when the restaurant is open. Dinner menu items from the Amphora restaurant will also be available for room service only when open. Tips for room service are not included and always appreciated.
Smoking and vaping are prohibited in all indoor public spaces and cabins. Smoking is allowed only on deck four by the Pool Bar on the port (left) side of the ship.
There is an onboard spa, and massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
We will have a Solos program on board, led by a Solos coordinator who will ensure you have a great time. Feel free to meet other solos and traveler on our the Olivia’s Costa Rica & Panama Canal Luxury Cruise page on Facebook.
After Your Trip
Transfers to the Airport
Transfers from the ship to the Panama City Airport (PTY) on January 23, 2021 will be available for purchase on board the ship.
Olivia will offer pre-cruise Vacation Stretchers in Costa Rica and post-cruise Vacation Stretchers in Panama. If you would like to book your flights at this time, you may use these dates:
Costa Rica 3-Night, 2-Night, and 1-Night Pre-Cruise Packages
January 13-16, 2021 | January 14-16, 2021 | January 15-16, 2021
Panama 1-Night and 2-Night Post-Cruise Packages
January 23-24, 2021 | January 23-25, 2021
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