VACAYA LUXE CENTRAL AMERICA CRUISE ON PONANT LE BELLOT
MAR 7-17, 2023

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The Vacayans are hard at work planning each and every detail of this amazing cruise. And of course, we’re super excited to share many of those details with you along the way. As we have new information to share, you’ll find it here.

We’ll also house an email archive on this page, too. This archive will feature all the trip-specific communications we have with you throughout your pre-cruise experience with us. That way, if you happen to lose a general email somewhere along the way, you’ll be able to find it right here.

And from cocktail party themes and entertainment previews, VACAYA’s mission is to give you everything you need with plenty of time to ensure a totally stress-free experience. Get ready for your vacaya!

We’re often asked, “What should we expect from a VACAYA Luxe experience?” Our Luxe vacations are an unapologetically exclusive celebration of the wonders of our planet – welcoming to all, of course, but built for discerning travelers seeking intimate experiences, splendid accommodations, and unparalleled service. They’ll reach the far corners of the globe – giving VACAYA guests an opportunity to expand their horizons in completely new ways.

The VACAYA Luxe rhythm is… Bold. Refined. Intimate. Exotic. Treasured. Calm. Cool. Grand. A chance to live life to the absolute fullest.


 

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AIRLINE DISCOUNTS

As a VACAYA guest, discounts are available to you with various air carriers when booking your flights using our Group Codes/Links. Those codes/links, as well as the instructions for booking, can be found HERE.

AIRPORT RECOMMENDATIONS

Most guests will fly into SJO Airport. That’s San Jose, Costa Rica’s main international airport. Puerto Caldera, where our ship will be docked on March 7, is just under an hour outside of the city. Liberia Airport (LIR) is also another option if you’d like to spend a few pre-cruise days exploring the northwest area of the country, BUT it’s about 4 hours by car from LIR to Puerto Caldera.

At the end of the cruise, 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.

CURRENCY

The currencies you’ll encounter on this voyage are as follows:

Costa Rica – Costa Rican Colon
1 USD = 624 Colon
1 Colon = 0.0016 USD

Panama – Panamanian Balboa
1 USD = 1 Balboa
1 Balboa = 1 USD

Colombia – Colombian Peso
1 USD = 3858 Pesos
1 Peso = 0.00026 USD

American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are widely accepted. You’ll find that ATMs are readily available in the airports and in the city centers. US dollars are also widely accepted throughout Costa Rica and Panama, but keep an eye on the exchange rates – they can fluctuate wildly.

EMAIL ARCHIVE

All emails to our Booked Guests will be available here.

HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS

Our recommended pre-cruise hotels in San Jose are the Park Inn by Radisson San Jose and the Radisson San Jose-Costa Rica.

For guests staying additional nights in Panama City, our recommended hotel is Hotel El Panama by Faranda Grand, a member of Radisson Individuals.

To take advantage of the VACAYA savings, follow these simple instructions:

  • Go to https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/
  • Choose your destination and travel dates
  • Under “Special rates” select “Travel agency ID” from the dropdown menu
  • Enter code 33584202
  • Click SEARCH
  • You’re now on your way to SAVINGS as you take advantage of the best rates you’ll find anywhere!

Rates for the time period of our trip are typically loaded into Radisson’s system around 11 months prior.

MONKEYPOX

Monkeypox has been making its way through the LGBT+ community over the past several months and has become increasingly problematic for gay men in some areas of the world. Monkeypox is a virus that includes a painful rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, and flu-like symptoms. Monkeypox spreads through close, personal, skin-to-skin contact.

We advise that you take all necessary preventive measures to avoid contracting or spreading the infection, including vaccination if currently available in your area. While the monkeypox vaccination can be hard to come by in some regions, we’re seeing an increase in production and availability that should continue to expand over the coming months.

The CDC says that if you were vaccinated against smallpox as a child that that inoculation offers someprotection against monkeypox. You can learn more about monkeypox and monkeypox vaccinations HERE.

If you’re experiencing symptoms suggesting you may have monkeypox, please see your healthcare provider immediately for treatment and be sure to limit your close contact with others.