10 ADVENTURE-FILLED NIGHTS
MOST BIODIVERSE REGION
ENDLESS ADVENTURE AWAITS!
Mar 7-17, 2023 – PONANT Le Bellot
This 5-star luxury expedition not only takes you deep into the jungles of Costa Rica and Panama, but BONUS… we also transit the Panama Canal, a modern marvel that’ll become the perfect counterpoint to all nature has in store for you. Throw in an overnight in intoxicating Cartagena, Colombia and the very best of Central America and northern South America are all yours for 10 indulgent nights! 2 Continents. 3 Countries. Endless Adventure.
DISCOVER THE MAJESTY
HIKE THE RAINFORESTS
WALK PERFECT BEACHES
MEET THE MONKEYS
TRANSIT THE PANAMA CANAL
OVERNIGHT IN CARTAGENA
MOST BEVERAGES INCLUDED
MODERN & SPACIOUS ROOMS
FRIENDS FOR LIFE!
The Value of Luxury
When cruising PONANT with VACAYA, you’re choosing comfort, refinement, & discovery…
The Vacayans are dedicated to providing you with the very best. That’s what drives us, journey after journey. And it’s amazing what’s included:
- 10 Nights aboard the stunning Le Bellot
- All Meals, featuring subtle and audacious flavors inspired by our ports of call
- Complimentary unlimited Open Bar throughout your cruise (premium alcohol extra)
- Complimentary unlimited Open Mini-Bar in your Stateroom/Suite (premium alcohol extra)
- Complimentary WiFi/Internet
- Daily Afternoon Tea and Pastries
- 24-Hour Room Service
- 5-Star Service
- 24×7 Stateroom Service
- 24×7 Reception Desk
- Lecturers, Guides, Naturalists, and Expedition Leaders
- Zodiac Landings
- Fitness Classes
The following services are available for an additional charge:
- Optional Shore Excursions
- Optional Pre- and Post-Cruise Excursions
- Spa Treatments/Massages
- Salon Services
- Satellite Telephone Services
- Medical Services
- Commemorative voyage DVD that retraces the entire story of the trip, complete with interviews with lecturers, naturalists, and the Captain, and a stunning photographic montage from the staff photographers.
SUPER YACHT ADVANTAGE. Included.
SMALL BOAT LANDINGS
SMALL BOAT LANDINGS* Included.
EXPEDITION LEADERS. Included.
RESIDENT PHOTOGRAPHERS. Included.
THE FRENCH TOUCH
As the only French cruise company, PONANT is an ambassador of the “French Touch” around the world. With a French crew, discrete service, refined cuisine, and partners that embody the same spirit of excellence and refinement, PONANT does their utmost to maintain a unique cruising philosophy.
FRENCH CREW. Included.
The French Touch means, above all, a French crew to welcome you and ensure your comfort and well-being throughout your cruise. In an atmosphere of elegant luxury, you’ll find 5-Star Service onboard. It’s a unique travel experience that is simultaneously authentic and refined. In addition to the attentive cabin stewards throughout the ship, all suites on Deck 6 come with additional butler service to see to your every need. They’ll even unpack your bags and repack for you at the end of the voyage!
A FRENCH WAY OF LIVING
A FRENCH WAY OF LIVING. Included.
The French Touch also means a way of living in which gastronomy takes pride of place. Every day you’ll discover fragrant flavors, carefully selected cheeses and wines, and delicious specialty breads & pastries from Maison Lenôtre. Maison Taillevent provides its fine selection of vintage wines by the glass, Maison Veuve Clicquot champagne is served at our gala cocktails, and delicious sweets from the Ladurée bakery are on offer during afternoon tea time.
PRESTIGIOUS PARTNERS. Included.
Finally, the French Touch is also evident in our choice of partners, whose expertise and passion for their work is in line with our own quest for excellence: interior design by Jean Philippe Nuel, fabrics by Pierre Frey, delicate flavours from Le Palais des Thés, Hermès bath products in all staterooms and suites, spa care products by Sothy’s, and signature perfumes from Fragonard.
CRUISE WITH CONFIDENCE. Included.
On land or onboard, your safety is our top concern. This means we uphold strict health and safety measures. As the rules and regulations change and evolve, PONANT is continuing to adapt and optimize its already robust protocols, integrating all the technological, human, and material measures to ensure the provision and maintenance of a healthy bubble. This reinforced protection is based on three “shields” designed to guarantee onboard conditions, sanitary protocols, and daily monitoring (guests, equipment, and ships). For your added safety and peace of mind, doctors and nurses are present on every ship. Find PONANT’s detailed and ever-evolving protocols HERE.
*A note about small boat landings:
As privileged guests in these uncharted lands, we’re at the mercy of weather and sea conditions. Landings on certain sites and the observation of certain wildlife cannot be guaranteed; they vary from day to day, making each PONANT cruise a unique experience. The Captain and Expedition Leader will make every effort to ensure your experience is as rich as possible, while complying with the safety rules and instructions of local officials.
PONANT Breaks the Mold
AFT MARINA PLATFORM
L’ESPACE BIEN ENTRE SPA & HAMMAM
RESTAURANTS, BARS, & OTHER VENUES
SUPER YACHT ADVANTAGE. Included.
Look for this symbol within the itinerary section of The Overview page to understand which ports are exclusive to smaller ships.
POOL & NATURE VIEWING DECK. Included.
THE MARINA. Included.
Imagine diving off of the ship while docked inside a tranquil cove on a warm sunny day. A fully-equipped sundeck and marina allow unprecedented access to the sea for swimming and water sports. A submersible mini-port, an original and unique concept, enables direct access to the ship’s tenders, kayaks, and other watercraft. Just one more Super Yacht Advantage.
BLUE EYE LOUNGE
BLUE EYE LOUNGE. Included.
LOUNGES & BARS
LOUNGES & BARS. Included.
RAINFORESTS, WILDLIFE, AND ENDLESS BEAUTY… ALL FOR YOU!
Discover 3 Incredible Countries
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Deep Exploration of the Rainforests
The Greatest Biodiversity on Earth
5-Star Luxury on Le Bellot
PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA – Board 3pm – Depart 6pm
Day 2 – MAR 8
CURÚ WILDLIFE REFUGE, COSTA RICA
Day 3 – MAR 9
CASA ORQUIDEAS & GOLFITO, COSTA RICA
Day 4 – MAR 10
Day 5 – MAR 11
PLAYA MUERTO, DARIEN NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA
Day 6 – MAR 12
TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL
Day 7 – MAR 13
Day 8 – MAR 14
Day 9 – MAR 15
Day 10 – MAR 16
HOLANDES CAYES, PANAMA
Day 11 – MAR 17
COLÓN, PANAMA – Disembark by 9am
PUERTO CALDERA, COSTA RICA 10°N 85°W
MARCH 7, 2023
BOARDING 3PM | DEPARTURE 6PM
The port of Puerto Caldera lies on the Pacific coast in the Puntarenas region at the mouth of the Gulf of Nicoya. Areas of wilderness stretch along the coast. Further inland, you’ll find countless natural wonders in the generous rainforests of Costa Rica’s national parks. In addition, Poas and Arena volcanoes majestically tower over this region. In this abundant natural setting, Costa Rica protects one of the planet’s richest biodiversities: monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles, waterfalls, canyons, and more than ten thousand species of tropical plants.
CURÚ WILDLIFE REFUGE
MARCH 8, 2023
ARRIVE 12PM | DEPART 6PM
On the southern part of the Nicoya Peninsula, the small Curú Wildlife Refuge is the oldest protected park in Costa Rica. This refuge is an exemplary site in terms of ecotourism. It’s also a research center for scientists from all over the world. It’s been at the heart of an original conservation and sustainable development project since the 1930s. After a short Zodiac trip, you’ll discover, via the paths that criss-cross the tropical forest and lead to magnificent beaches, the most emblematic species of Costa Rica: monkeys, iguanas and over 200 bird species. Since their recent reintroduction, the scarlet macaw and the spider monkey have thrived in this preserved environment.
CASA ORQUIDEAS & GOLFITO, COSTA RICA
MARCH 9, 2023
ARRIVE CASE ORQUIDEAS 8AM | DEPART 3PM
ARRIVE GOLFITO 4:30PM | DEPART 6PM
Le Bellot will sail across the gulf of Dulce in the direction of the splendid botanical garden of Casa Orquideas, which you’ll reach by Zodiac. Golfo Dulce is one of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world, unfolding and exposing what has been described by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on earth.” More than 400 species of tropical birds, over 500 species of vascular plants, 140 species of tropical mammals, hundreds of butterfly species, and many more tropical organisms call this place home.
MARCH 10, 2023
ARRIVE 9AM | DEPART 6PM
Off the Pacific coast of Panama, at the entrance to the Gulf of Montijo, Cebaco Island conjures visions of paradise lost. Covered in tropical rainforest edged by white sandy beaches, it’s home to exceptionally rich plant and wildlife. The island offers a number of hiking routes that give you the chance to discover its pristine natural environment. Its magnificent coral reefs, located in the outlying regions of the Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are the refuge for many marine species and offer stunning underwater landscapes.
PLAYA MUERTO, DARIEN NATIONAL PARK, PANAMA
MARCH 11, 2023
ARRIVE 11:30AM | DEPART 6:30PM
The most remote and least developed region of Panama, the province of Darien is an unspoilt land with an extremely rich variety of flora and fauna. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Darien National Park offers its extraordinary scenery of rocky coastlines, mountain ranges, mangroves, rivers, and creeks. Discover Playa Muerto, a tiny coastal village home to the Emberas Amerindian community. You’ll visit the village, attend traditional songs and dances of the locals, and admire beautiful local craft.
TRANSITING THE PANAMA CANAL
MARCH 12, 2023
ENTER 6AM | EXIT 6PM
Aboard Le Bellot, experience something wholly unique that’s inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: sailing the Panama Canal. Its construction started in 1880 under the direction of Ferdinand de Lesseps. Abandoned then resumed, this marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. The canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama and links the Pacific to the Atlantic. This modern marvel allows ships to avoid having to round Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America.
MARCH 13, 2023
ARRIVE 7AM | DEPART 2PM
In the province of Colón, along the magnificent Caribbean coast of Panama, Portobelo is located not far from the famous canal. Given its name of “beautiful port” by Christopher Columbus, who landed here in 1502, this charming and peaceful bay was one of the most important ports for the shipping of precious metals from the New World to Spain. Don’t miss a visit to its fortifications, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town has preserved the strong religious and cultural traditions of its colonial past, such as the veneration of the Black Christ and a strongly-rooted Afro-Caribbean culture.
MARCH 14, 2023
ARRIVE 1PM | OVERNIGHT
A splendid harbor city in the north of Columbia and a source of inspiration for the Columbian writer Gabriel García Márquez, Cartagena will win you over with its well-preserved colonial architecture and warm friendly atmosphere. You can visit the sumptuous UNESCO World Heritage fortified historical center, whose churches and houses have magnificent multi-colored façades. A witness of Spanish domination, the San Felipe de Barajas fortress stands on top of a hill from where you can admire views over the whole city. The Las Bóvedas neighborhood will charm you with its arcades, used as prison cells during the 19th century civil wars. We’ll overnight here, giving you the chance to melt into this exciting city.
MARCH 15, 2023
OVERNIGHT | DEPART 1PM
Have you lived out your Romancing the Stone dreams yet? If not, you’ve got the entire morning to do so!
HOLANDES CAYES, PANAMA
MARCH 16, 2023
ARRIVE 8:30AM | DEPART 6PM
Beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters await you on this perfect day in Panama. After all your prior adventures, this beach day gives you the perfect break before our cruise comes to an end.
MARCH 17, 2023
ARRIVE 6AM | DISEMBARK BY 9AM
Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.
Most guests will fly home from PTY Airport. That’s Panama City, Panama’s main international airport. While Colón does have a small regional airport (ONX), there are very few connecting flights. PTY Airport is 56 miles/91km from where our ship will be docked in Colón; estimated travel time by car is 75-90 minutes.
ROOMS & PRICING
When you book online directly with VACAYA, you’ll enjoy 24×7 access to your booking information, Pay-In-Full bonus offers, No-interest monthly payments, AIRLINE DISCOUNTS, and our BEST RATE GUARANTEE!
While our Solo Traveling with Ease Program (STEP) has been sunset, we offer some great recommendations for finding a roommate HERE.
PORT & ADMIN FEES
Port & Admin Fees are 397 USD per person.
Pre-Paid Gratuities are 195 USD per person. 100% of these gratuities go to onboard staffers, including your stateroom attendant, the culinary services staff, the behind-the-scenes hotel services staff, and the myriad department heads who work with their teams around the clock to create a flawless VACAYA experience for you.
Solo guests in their own stateroom pay double Gratuities and single Port & Admin Fees.
3+ GUESTS IN A ROOM
3rd/4th guests in a stateroom/suite are each 3997 USD + Port & Admin Fees + Gratuities.
Room descriptions and sizing have been provided to us by Ponant and we are not responsible for variations. Room layouts vary within the same category.
INITIAL DEPOSIT SCHEDULE
- Upon booking outside of 300 Days – 10%.
- At 300 Days (May 11, 2022) – 25%.
- At 240 Days (July 10, 2022) – 50%.
- At 180 Days (September 8, 2022)– 75%.
- At 120 Days (November 7, 2022)– 100%.
- Upon booking through 300 Days (May 11, 2022) – 10% of total.
- From 299 (May 12, 2022) to 240 Days (July 10, 2022) – 20% of total.
- From 239 (July 11, 2022) to 180 Days (September 8, 2022) – 40% of total.
- From 179 (September 9, 2022) to 120 Days (November 7, 2022) – 60% of total.
- From 119 (November 8, 2022) to 90 Days (December 7, 2022) – 80% of total.
- From 89 (December 6, 2022) to 0 Days (March 7, 2023) – 100% of total.
ITEMS NOT INCLUDED
- Flights from your home city to Puerto Caldera and from Colón
- Airport Transfers to/from Le Bellot
- Onboard Spa Services
- Onboard Laundry
- Gift Shop Purchases
- Optional Excursions
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Be sure to read VACAYA’s Terms & Conditions, which include the Payment/Cancellation/Refund Policies for all reservations. Please note that cancellation fees apply from the time of booking.
For real-time availability, proceed by clicking BOOK NOW. With ever-shifting inventory, a category that shows availability on this page may no longer be available when you attempt to book. If you need help finding the perfect room in another category or to add your name to our wait list for a sold-out category, feel free to email The Vacayans at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to assist you.
PAY IN FULL OPTION
MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN
Your initial deposit is due at time of booking. Then, your remaining monthly payments will be calculated using the number of months between your booking and the final payment due date. Payments will be charged on the 1st day of the month, the 15th, or the last day of each month (determined automatically depending on the day of the month you book). Payments will be charged to your credit card on file. If your credit card details change at any time, simply update the info in our system prior to your next month’s payment date. Please note declined payments are subject to a convenience fee. For more information, explore our Automatic Billing FAQs and our Terms & Conditions.
With Covid-19 in our lives for the foreseeable future, we now have an even stronger rationale for recommending Trip Insurance. “Cancel For Any Reason” insurance has quickly risen in popularity, and for good reason. If you decide you don’t want to travel after the cancellation penalty period has begun, this type of insurance covers most if not all of your cancellation fee. It’s also a great way to help honor your Social Contract with VACAYA.
So go ahead and buy that bucket list trip, but protect your health and your investment by purchasing Trip Insurance. ❤️