Panama Canal & Costa Rica Adventure
January 18-26, 2019
Panama Canal & Costa Rica Adventure
January 18-26, 2019
Join the Purdue President’s Council for a seven-night cruise aboard Windstar Cruises’ 148-guest sailing yacht the Wind Star, plus one night at the Crowne Plaza Panama Airport Hotel. Our itinerary is filled with natural wonders and a man-made marvel! We transit the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most stunning feats of engineering, explore the natural beauty of Costa Rican ports, and enjoy lectures and narration on the region by our naturalist on board.
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A $50-per-person donation to the President’s Council Enrichment Fund is included in your package. Your tax-deductible donation allows the University to deliver higher education at the highest proven value by creating new scholarships, funding facilities, and supporting innovative programs.
Friday, January 18, 2019 | Depart/Arrive Panama City, Panama
Arrive anytime in Panama City at the Tocumen International Airport. Take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the nearby Crowne Plaza Panama Airport Hotel.
Enjoy a relaxing day and evening at leisure.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 | Colón, Panama
Enjoy an exclusive President’s Council welcome breakfast before we depart via private transfer to the impressive Miraflores Locks. Our locally guided tour begins at the Miraflores Museum and Visitor Center, where we learn about the history of the canal, its significance for Panama, and its construction – a masterpiece of engineering! After viewing a short movie and visiting the four floors of exhibition halls containing engaging educational displays, watch the huge vessels pass by and see the operations as the ships are lifted or lowered. We continue our transfer to the pier to board the Windstar Cruises’ Wind Star.
We have lunch onboard and then time to relax, unpack, and get settled into our cabin. Join fellow travelers this evening for a President’s Council Welcome Reception followed by dinner.
Sunday, January 20, 2019 | Panama Canal Transit
During our 48-mile transit of the Panama Canal, you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the Wind Star 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Our voyage features a narrated daylight transit with numerous observation points for outside viewing and comfortable, air-conditioned lounges for indoor viewing.
Monday, January 21, 2019 | Balboa, Panama
Balboa is a short distance from Panama City and is the port location on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal.
Exclusive President’s Council Shore Excursion: Gatun Lake Monkey Expedition, Aerial Tram Tour, and Historic Panama Tour
Our tour begins with a Gatun-Panama Canal Monkey Expedition boat journey that takes us into the heart of the canal and along the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands. With our naturalist guide we search for capuchin and howler monkeys, three-toed sloths, toucans, turtles, and more as we enjoy the sights and sounds of this fascinating ecosystem. Our jungle adventure continues with an aerial tram tour to experience the magic of the lush rainforest canopy high above the shadowy rainforest floor. From this unique birds’ eye perspective, our naturalist guide will spot wildlife and talk about Panama’s unique ecosystem, and you will enjoy the panoramic view from the Observation Tower. Afterward, visit the animal and ecological exhibits including the Butterfly Farm, Frog Garden, Orchid Nursery, and Wildlife Rescue Center. These living laboratories acquaint us with the life cycle and habitat of some of the most interesting species in Central America.
On the return journey to Panama City, pass the former Panama Canal Zone, once occupied by American military installations, which hints at the strategic importance of the area. We enjoy a guided walking tour in the historic district of Panama City to appreciate the architecture, lovely colonial houses, the narrow roads, and the impressive churches.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 | At Sea
Spend the day enjoying the onboard amenities of the Wind Star. Relax on a deck chair on the pool deck, soak in the hot tub, find a quiet corner to read, try the inventive cocktail of the day, or visit the spa! Take advantage of the ship’s open-bridge policy, which allows you to walk in and chat with the captain and officers on duty.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | Isla Parida, Panama
Today we enjoy an all-inclusive beach day on a secluded cove on lovely Isla Parida that boasts numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana, and coconut. The day is yours to relax on a lounge chair under a palm tree, use the complimentary water sports equipment such as the kayaks, paddleboards, and snorkels, or swim in the crystal-clear waters that stay at 82 degrees year-round. We are treated to a delicious barbecue lunch buffet.
Thursday, January 24, 2019 | Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica
Today the Wind Star is anchored in the Golfo Dulce with tender service into Puerto Jimenez. Located on the southeastern tip of the Osa Peninsula, the town of Puerto Jimenez is only a couple of streets wide.
Exclusive President’s Council Shore Excursion: Dolphin Watch, Tropical Gardens, and Beach Scape
In our private boat, we cruise the warm blue water off the Osa Peninsula in search of large groups of dolphins, sea turtles, and manta rays. Our naturalist guide provides commentary about the biology, behavior, and habits of the wildlife that are found here in one of the most biologically diverse marine habitats in the world. We stop to visit Casa Orquideas Botanical Gardens, a beautifully landscaped private tropical garden with hundreds of species of ornamental and edible tropical plants such as palms, heliconias, orchids, exotic fruit trees, spices, flowers, and medicinal plants. Afterwards, we have free time to swim or take a walk along the beach.
Friday, January 25, 2019 | Quepos, Costa Rica
The town of Quepos is located on a tropical inlet where the rainforest meets the sea and is named for the native Quepo Indian tribe that inhabited the area in the colonial era.
Exclusive President’s Council Shore Excursion: Manuel Antonio National Park Nature Walk
Manuel Antonio is a fragile rainforest ecosystem that shelters a variety of tropical birds and wildlife including howler monkeys, sloths, coati, and iguanas. On a leisurely guided nature walk along the well-maintained trails, our naturalist guide will point out wildlife and provide educational commentary about the flora and fauna. The tour concludes with some free time at the beautiful remote beach.
Optional Afternoon Activity: Titi Canopy (zip line)
Soar high above the jungle floor on a zip line adventure that includes 12 cables and 16 strategically located platforms, some almost 100 feet high, that are nestled in the trunks and branches of trees that are centuries old.
We enjoy a final dinner and evening aboard the ship. Join your fellow Boilermakers to toast a memorable adventure!
Saturday, January 26, 2019 | Puerto Caldera – San Jose, Costa Rica / Depart
After breakfast onboard the ship, we disembark and transfer to the Juan Santamaría International (SJO) Airport in San Jose for our flight home.
|Category & Deck||Double
Price per person
|Single Occupancy Price|
|Category B Stateroom | 188 sq. ft. | Deck 1 Forward/Aft||$3,990||$5,764|
|Category BX Stateroom | 188 sq. ft. | Deck 1 Midship||$4,170||$6,080|
|Category A Stateroom | 188 sq. ft. | Deck 2 Forward/Aft||$4,260||$6,237|
|Category AX Stateroom | 188 sq. ft. | Deck 2 Midship||$4,440||$6,552|
Rates INCLUDE port taxes of $459 per person
Double pricing is based on double occupancy or two people per stateroom
Single pricing is based on one person per stateroom and is capacity-controlled by Windstar and subject to change
Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.
Cruise-only rates available upon request.
Required Deposit: $750 per person for double occupancy and $1,250 for single occupancy
Final Payment Date: October 15, 2018
Airfare is not included. Global Tracks will book your air arrangements for a $75 ticketing fee, or you may choose to handle your own reservation.
Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the cruise.
Travel Insurance: Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.
Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel Insurance and Airfare are non-refundable once ticketed. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms.
|From time of deposit until September 13, 2018||$150 penalty per person|
|From September 14, 2018, to October 14, 2018||15% of total package|
|From October 15, 2018, to November 13, 2018||35% of total package|
|From November 14, 2018, to December 13, 2018||50% of total package|
|After December 13, 2018, to departure||100% of total package|