Star Clippers will be calling on ports in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, as well as Panama, starting November 2022 as the 170-guest Star Clipper sets sail for Central America. Sailings range from seven to 14 days (for Panama Canal crossings), with pricing starting at $1,560 per person based on double occupancy.
A pair of 7-day sailings roundtrip out of Puerto Caldera will call on popular Costa Rican towns as well as ports in Panama or Nicaragua, depending on itinerary. The port town of Quepos, Costa Rica, located near Manuel Antonio National Park, allows guests the opportunities to explore the park’s wildlife—that includes monkeys, sloths, and nearly 450 species of—while the beaches on Isla Tortuga are made for snorkeling (Star Clippers’ water sports program allows guests to borrow snorkeling equipment for the duration of the sailing). In San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, the beaches offer surfing opportunities, and guests can glimpse the Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia statue at the northern end of the bay—one of the largest statues of Jesus in the world.
Two sailings between Balboa, Panama, and Costa Rica offer a deeper dive into Panama’s environment. The uninhabited Isla Iguana is a wildlife reserve located on Panama’s Pacific coast where guests can watch the colorful frigate birds fly in formation and visit expansive coral reefs containing more than 500 marine species including rare Olive Ridley sea turtles. Another option is exploring Isla San Jose in the Pearl Islands.
There are two Panama Canal sailings at the beginning and end of the season; these 14-night journeys travel between Bridgetown, Barbados, and Balboa, Panama with ports of call in Aruba, Grenada and Columbia, among others.