Transit The Panama Canal And Explore the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica In The 72-passenger Mega-Yacht Variety Voyager

We get requests all the time from people wanting to transit the Panama Canal by cargo ship. However, these are not really practical requests as in order to do so one must book a long trip from Savannah to Sydney or from Hong Kong to New York and most people do not have that sort of time. But it can be done in a week without taking a huge cruise ship, with canal transit by daylight, obviating the risk that you might go through in the dark!

Variety Voyager PanamaVariety Cruises have an easy 7-night solution – a cruise in the 223-foot Variety Voyager with a small number of passengers starting in Los Suenos, Costa Rica and finishing at the Departure Bay Marina in Colon, Panama – with a visit to the San Blas Islands thrown in. This winter’s departures run from December 21 through March 1, 2015.

The same Panama Canal and Costa Rica exploration can also be booked in the other direction, with boarding at the Departure Bay Marina and sailings running from December 14 through to March 8, 2015. Fares in either direction start at  €2,150 (about $2,999 or £1,785) per person double occupancy for 7 nights, plus €320 (about $445 or £265) port charges. Calls are also made at Curu, Tortuga Island, Puerto Jimenez and Golfito (do you remember that Fyffes banana boat called Golfito?) in Costa Rica and Amador and Coiba Island in Panama.

The Variety Voyager was built at Perama, Greece, in 2012 and can accommodate a maximum of 72 passengers in 36 double cabins.  Her sleek lines and ample deck space are very much what one might expect from a millionaire’s super yacht. Her cabins and public areas are finished with warm fabrics, rich marble, axminster carpeting and soft-tone wood panelling., with unobstructed views from the decks and lounges of the ocean and of ports visited. Above all, you will have the professional service of a crew of 30, always with a smile and a desire to satisfy.

For further details of cruising the Panama Canal and Costa Rica in a small ship please call The Cruise People Ltd in London on 020 7723 2450 or e-mail or in North America 1-800-961-5536 or e-mail