rcgs resolute costa rice and panama cruise

Central America Adventure ~ Costa Rica & Panama

  • Overview


    Nowhere else in the world can you find a concentration of wildlife like that of Central America – in particular Costa Rica and Panama. Costa Rica alone has over 840 identified species of birds and with over a quarter of the country identified as national parks, these protected areas are a naturalist’s dream. Famous for its manmade canal, Panama is also home to 940 avian species, as well as 125 mammal species endemic to this country. RCGS Resolute is the ideal vessel to explore this region due to its large outdoor deck areas and large, panoramic viewing platforms.

    Our adventure begins in San Jose, Costa Rica, where we will meet at a central location before transferring to Puerto Caldera on the coast. From the Nicoya Peninsula we will work our way south, visiting four different national parks or protected areas. Our small ship gives us unprecedented access to the colourful bays and hidden coves of this lush, tropical coastline. When RCGS Resolute drops anchor, we’ll launch our Zodiacs, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards, so you can explore even further in guided small groups. You will also be able to explore on foot, hiking the trail network of the parks, snorkelling or strolling along the white sandy beaches.

    After a week we will leave this tropical paradise and head for Panama City, journeying down one of the modern wonders of the world - the Panama Canal. The penultimate day of our voyage will be spent travelling from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, through the 100-year old canal. We will end our voyage in Colon, Panama.

    Duration: 11 days
    Passengers: 146 passengers
    Embarkation Point: Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
    Disembarkation Point: Colon, Panama
    Physical rating: Soft Expedition
    Fly/Cruise: Cruise only
    Single Supplement: 1.5x - 2.0x twin rate or share options
  • Itinerary
    • Day 1 - SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: Embarkation Day

      We will start our journey with a visit to Doka Estates, one of the largest coffee and sugarcane plantations in Costa Rica. This family-owned business will offer a taste of history as we learn more about the various stages of coffee processing and how the oldest Wet Mill found in Costa Rica plays a part.

      Following our tour, we will transfer two hours west to Puerto Caldera. Here we will meet our vessel, RCGS Resolute, head aboard and settle into our rooms. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner and then migrate to the deck, reveling in the first of many tropical sunsets. RCGS Resolute will make a short sail across the Gulf of Nicoya to anchor off the Nicoya Peninsula, ready for the next day’s adventures.


      Today we will explore the Curu National Wildlife Refuge which is nestled at the southeast tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. From a gentle walk along the well established trails in the heart of the park, to a more challenging hike - there are several ways to explore this national treasure and its diverse wildlife. The refuge hosts one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula and has spearheaded many successful sustainable development programs from reintroducing the near extinct spider monkey, to the coral reef restoration project and migratory bird monitoring. A stop at Isla Tortuga, or Turtle Island is sure to delight with its white sand beaches and inviting water. You will see how its rock formations resemble the marine creatures that provide the Island with its name. We may be in luck and catch a glimpse of the turtles while enjoying snorkelling, kayaking or paddle boarding in the ocean.


      Our adventure continues in the Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the smallest yet most visited national parks in Costa Rica. Boasting over 100 species of mammals, 184 species of birds and a plethora of diverse flora, this park is a wildlife lover’s dream. Keep your eyes peeled for two and three toed sloths, white-faced monkeys and toucans as you explore the entanglement of trails weaving through the park. The network of hiking trails crisscross the parkland, providing access to its rainforest, white sand beaches, waterfalls and coral reefs.

      You may also catch a glimpse of the dramatic volcanic rock formations, Punta Cathedral and Punta Serrucho, from several of the beaches that line the Manuel Antonio National Park.


      Extending into the sea at the southern end of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, the Osa Peninsula is rich with both wildlife and history. This is the first of two days in one of the country’s most remote destinations and we once again take advantage of our coastal access to explore the ‘Parque Nacional Corcovado’. Almost half of the peninsula is devoted to the park which protects an incredible variety of wildlife, including Costa Rica’s largest population of jaguars and tapirs. The park is also home to the only remaining old growth wet forests on the Pacific coast of Central America, all four of the country’s monkey species: howler, spider, white-faced capuchin and squirrel, 20 species of hummingbird, the endemic yellow-billed cotinga and blackcheeked ant tanager, crimson fronted parakeets, and more.

      Should the conditions be favourable, kayak or paddle board through the expansive tangled mangroves as the wildlife thrives around you.


      On the second day on the Osa Peninsula we will cross into Golfito Bay, a small gulf surrounded by steep, forested hills. We will venture into the town of Golfito, originally famed for its position as the principle banana port for the United Fruit Company in Costa Rica. Decline in the industry due to labour
      disputes and rising production costs moved the company’s holdings out of town - now Golfito is best known for its ecological efforts and is Costa Rica’s only city situated in a declared protected area. Mere steps out of town, the Golfito Wildlife Refuge offers an opportunity to hike through tropical
      forests with trees reaching nearly 45 metres tall. While hiking along one of the many trails, be on the lookout for one of the thousands of species of mammals, birds and reptiles that call the refuge home.


      As we bid farewell to Costa Rica, our first stop in Panama is Coiba Island, a place with an unusual history. Having separated from the mainland an estimated 15,000 years ago, Coiba is now home to many endemic subspecies, such as the Coiba Island howler monkey and the Coiba spinetail. In 2005, Coiba National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is home to numerous native flora that have since become extinct on the mainland of Panama due to deforestation. This is one of the last places in Central America where the scarlet macaw can still be found in sizeable numbers. If time permits, we may have the opportunity to sail to near-by Granito De Oro, which is a top snorkelling location due to the diversity and volume of marine life. In the afternoon we explore the famous wetlands of the Golfo de Montijo, whose 50,000 acres of mangroves are home
      to a staggering abundance of wildlife. We cruise the shoreline of the gulf with our cameras and binoculars poised, ready to view the wetlands that are teaming with waterfowl and wading birds.


      We have now entered the Gulf of Panama, but before we head for the Panamanian mainland, we make one more island-hopping stop at the Pearl Islands, or as locals refer to it, Islas de las Perlas. This archipelago of more than 250 islands received its name from Spanish Conquistadors who found countless pearls when they visited the islands in 1503. Most famous for their deserted white sand beaches, fragile ecosystems and marine life, the islands also made a splash when they were featured as the location for the `Survivor' television series.


      After a week of exploring the remote tropical coastline and far-flung islands, we trade our flip-flops for walking shoes today as we venture into the cityscape of Panama City. Steeped in rich Spanish history, its cobblestoned historic centre, Casco Viejo, is framed by colonial era landmarks such as the
      Presidential Palace and Metropolitan Cathedral. Be sure to enjoy an espresso or mojito in one of the many cafés shaded by bougainvillea in Panama’s old quarter. For those in search of a cultural experience, the numerous museums, including the Museum of Biodiversity, designed by Frank Gehry, is an experience every architectural fan should check off their bucket list. If you are looking for a quintessential Panamanian Hat or a mola made by the Guna Indians in the San Blas Islands, then the markets are a must see. Head to the fish market for a tasty snack or the National Handicraft Market if pottery, molas and jewelry handcrafted by the indigenous people of Panama is more your style.


      With our cups full of the cultural experiences of Panama City, today we sit back and let the history come to us. Spending the better part of the day (8+ hours) moving though the 77km Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, we will pass under the Bridge of the Americas before entering the Miraflores Locks. The locks will then take us up to Miraflores Lake, then up again to Gatun Lake, before being lowered back down to the sea level of the Caribbean Sea. You will not simply watch this incredible feat of engineering, you will have the opportunity to experience it first-hand. With the crossing completed, we will then anchor near the city of Colon to enjoy our final dinner together attended by the Captain of the ship and toast our adventures.

    • Day 10 - COLON, PANAMA: Disembarkation Day

      After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your crew and fellow travellers as we disembark RCGS Resolute. A transfer back to Panama City is provided for all guests and while some of us will travel to the airport, many may wish to add a few extra days to explore more of the masterpiece that is Panama City.

  • Highlights & Activities

    Historical Colonial Cities

    Discover and emmerse yourself in the colonial cities of Costa Rica & Panama.

    Sublime Marine Life

    Discover incredible marine life below the beautiful blue waters of the Caribbean.

    Exceptional Wildlife of the Tropics.

    Nowhere else in the world can you find a concentration of wildlife like that of Central America – in particular Costa Rica and Panama.

  • Inclusions
    Inclusions / Exclusions

    Included in your Expedition

    - Transfers as per itinerary
    - Lectures & educational programs
    - Pre-departure information package
    - Zodiac and land excursions with our expert expedition team
    - Port taxes & entry fees
    - Accommodation while on board

    Not included in your Expedition

    - Gratuities
    - Travel insurance (mandatory)
    - Items of a personal nature such as; Beverages / Laundry / Medical expenses / Gratuities / Internet & Wifi
    - Pre and post-cruise accommodation
    - Passport and Visa expenses
    - International and internal flights that are not specified
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  • Vessel


    Designed for passenger comfort, RCGS Resolute is modern, well appointed, safe and ice-strengthened. Take a look at some of the superb facilities aboard, including numerous passenger areas designed for relaxation and our onboard educational programming. Quite simply, she is one of the most comfortable and capable expedition ships in the world today. Built in Rauma Finland in 1993, RCGS Resolute offers a Lloyds 1AS ice class (the highest ice rating possible for passenger ships), external stabilizers, incredible comfort and a variety of spacious interior and exterior viewing areas. The most recent refurbishment of the vessel included a complete cabin redecoration featuring new carpet and furniture throughout. One Ocean Suites feature queen beds. In all other cabins, the bed configuration is available in either a queen or two single beds (triple cabins feature two single beds and an additional lower single berth). All cabins include: private washroom, ample storage, writing desk and chair, fridge, flat screen entertainment system with in-house intranet, sectional corner lounge, 100% cotton OOE bathrobes, custom blend natural Canadian made amenities, black out blinds, complimentary water bottle and in room tea and coffee station. Superior cabins and above feature additional inclusions. For all guests, a full expedition gear package is included and features a waterproof jacket and pants, rubber boots, Nordic trekking pole, binoculars and water proof backpack.

    Features & Facilities
    Key Facts
    Luxury star rating: 5
    Guests #: 146
    Crew #: 100
    Ice Class: 1A Super
    Speed: 16
    Technical Specs
    Year built: 1993
    Length: 112m
    Width: 17
    Draft: 4
    Tonnage: 6752
    Elec Outlets: 2 Round Plugs
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rcgs resolute triple private cabin

Triple Private Cabin

21 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018
These cabins are a popular choice for solo travellers willing to share, a family, or a group of friends travelling together.
AUD$ 6,760pp
AUD$ 5,220pp
rcgs resolute twin private cabin

Twin Private

21 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018
Spacious and well appointed, these cabins are situated on Deck 4.
AUD$ 8,762pp
AUD$ 7,222pp
rcgs resolute superior twin private cabin

Superior Cabin

21 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018
Located forward on Deck 5 the Superior cabins have the option for either a queen or two single beds.
AUD$ 9,840pp
AUD$ 8,300pp
rcgs resolute superior plus twin private cabin

Superior Plus

21 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018
Located on deck 5 these cabins are spacious and well appointed with the option for either a queen or two single beds.
AUD$ 10,148pp
AUD$ 8,608pp
rcgs resolute shackleton suite cabin

Shackleton Suite

21 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018
Suites include the comfort of a sectional lounge, writing desk, substantial floor to ceiling cabinetry, and washroom facilities with shower.
AUD$ 11,842pp
AUD$ 10,302pp
rcgs resolute one ocean suite cabin

One Ocean Suite

21 Apr 2018 - 01 May 2018
The One Ocean Suites are situated on Deck 6 and offer an indulgent amount of space.
AUD$ 14,460pp
AUD$ 12,920pp