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zCosta Rica's Rainforests + The Land of the Inca

13 days

Coastal Expeditions In-Style

Small Ship Discoveries for our World Travelers

+ Sail the Pacific from Costa Rica to Peru during the whale migration season as our sharp-eyed expedition team and marine specialists join you on deck and in the viewing lounges to deepen your knowledge and understanding of the amazing creatures you’ll encounter.
+ The small size of our luxury expedition vessel and its full fleet of Zodiacs offer maximum mobility for thrilling up-close observation of magnificent Humpback Whales and other marine species.
+ Explore some of Central America’s most pristine wildlife habitats including Coiba Island, a refuge for endangered + Spend time in an Embera village deep in Panama’s Darien Jungle for a fascinating and authentic look into the enduring traditions of this indigenous tribe.
+ Explore Ecuador’s Machalilla National Park, a coastal wildlife refuge that provides sanctuary for more than 250 unique avian species including pelicans, boobies and the magnificent Waved Albatross.
+ Step into the ancient world of Peru’s pre-Inca civilizations as our expert guides show you the amazing frescoes that adorn the 1,400-year-old Temple of the Moon and Chan Chan - the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas.

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Day
1

Board the M.S. Saint Laurent in Puerto Caldera (San Jose), Costa Rica

Welcome aboard our luxury ship, the 210-guest M.S. Saint Laurent. Settle in to your stylish stateroom or suite and acquaint yourself with the welcoming public areas and outdoor lounges of your floating home for the next 13 days. Enjoy an elegant dinner accompanied by free-flowing wines, cocktails and beverages as the Saint Laurent sets sail along the Pacific Coast of Central America. Meals D

Day
2

Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Hailed by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense place on Earth,” the remote Osa Peninsula was one of the last places in Costa Rica to be settled and the first roads were just built 10 years ago. In addition, half of Osa’s vast tracts of rainforest, swamp and coastline are protected by Corcovado National Park. The result is an incredible habitat that shelters some of Central America’s most critically endangered species including Baird’s tapir, the white-lipped peccary, jaguars and the harpy eagle. The Peninsula is also home to almost half of Costa Rica’s 860 bird species, 140 different types of mammals and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians. Arborists have recorded more than 740 species of trees! This morning’s expedition will begin with a Zodiac excursion to the Peninsula where you’ll step ashore with our naturalist guides to explore Osa’s pristine beaches and forests. These warm Central American waters also draw Humpback Whales during the mating season when they can be seen jumping from the ocean and slapping the water with their heads and fins – a fascinating breeding ritual which will be fully interpreted by our expedition team and shipboard marine biologist.  Meals B+L+D

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3

Coiba Island, Panama

Early this morning, the Saint Laurent will navigate into the pristine waters of Coiba National Park, one of the largest marine parks in the world comprising 38 protected islands. After breakfast, you’ll join your fellow guests and expert guides to explore by Zodiac the shores of Coiba Island and the surrounding marine areas that lie within the Gulf of Chiriquí. Coiba Island served Panama as a penal colony and for many years, access was heavily restricted.  Virtually untouched by human contact for generations, the island’s flora and fauna have flourished and the primary tropical forests maintain exceptionally high levels of endemism of mammals, birds and plants due to the ongoing evolution of new species. Coiba is also the last refuge for a number of threatened animals including the Crested Eagle, and its isolation promises thrilling wilderness exploration as you step ashore for expertly guided beach and forest walks.  Meals B+L+D

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4

Darien Jungle, Panama

After breakfast, you’ll set out by Zodiac for a guided expedition into Darien National Park. Recognized by UNESCO in 1981 as a World Heritage Site, this unique Pak forms a bridge between the two continents of the New World. It encompasses a remarkable range of habitats including sandy beaches, rocky coastlines, mangrove forests, swamps and lowland tropical rainforests all inhabited by a wide variety of mammals, birds and butterflies. The region is also home to two indigenous groups, including Embera Indians who navigate the waterways in their dugout canoes to hunt with blowpipes as their ancestors have for generations. We’ll explore these same waterways to observe the Park’s diverse flora and fauna. Birders will be thrilled with this opportunity to spot elusive species including Harpy Eagles, Red-cheeked Woodpeckers, macaws and Yellow-bellied Great Kiskadees. Before returning to ship, we’ll also spend time in an Embera village to learn more about their daily life and enduring traditions.  Meals B+L+D

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5

At Sea

An unforgettable day unfolds as our luxury ship charts a course off the western coast of Colombia, South America. Take in the exhilarating sea air from one of the ship’s enchanting Outdoor Lounges or enjoy a complimentary beverage with fellow guests at the Bar. You can also participate in the Saint Laurent’s enriching Listen + Learn Aboard program which features a variety of engaging speakers including marine wildlife specialists and others who are well-versed in the history, natural wonders and cultures of Central and South America.  Meals B+L+D

Day
6

Isla Gorgona, Colombia

Situated about 31 miles off the Pacific coast of Colombia, the island of Gorgona is less than 6 miles long and only 1.5 miles across at its widest point. But despite its diminutive size, the rugged hills of this densely forested island boast an abundance of flora and fauna and its nearly deserted beaches are stunning. You’ll go ashore by Zodiac for a guided nature walk along the beach and into the forest, home to more than 145 species of birds and 100 different types of insects. Just offshore, migrating Humpback Whales are often sighted. In addition to this remarkable biodiversity, Gorgona boasts a fascinating history which our guides will share as you explore. The island’s first inhabitants were Indian tribes who left petroglyphs and stone statues. Francisco Pizarro landed here in 1537 and throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, Gorgona was a favorite hideaway for pirates and buccaneers.  Return to ship for lunch as we continue a southward course toward the Equator. Throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy the ocean views from one of the Saint Laurent’s outdoor lounges or while you enjoy a complimentary drink at the bar. In addition, our enriching Listen + Learn Aboard program will continue with discussions and informal lectures highlighting the Pacific regions of our cruise itinerary.  Meals B+L+D

Day
7

At Sea + Crossing the Equator

Indulge in another day of cruising aboard the elegant, but never stuffy, M.S. Saint Laurent. Today finds our ship crossing the Equator off Manabí Province, Ecuador. Gastronomic dining, convivial lounges, terrific on-deck views and enriching shipboard talks are enhanced throughout the day with free-flowing beverages, cocktails and wine. Depending upon what time the Saint Laurent is cleared through immigration formalities, there might be time for a guided late afternoon tour of Manta, a bustling Pacific port that has existed since pre-Columbian times.  Meals B+L+D

Day
8

Machalilla National Park, Ecuador

This morning’s guided expedition takes us into Machalilla National Park, a coastal wildlife refuge comprised of islands, beaches, coastal scrubland, wetlands, fog forests and tropical dry forests. Established in 1979 and heralded for its bio-diversity, the Park is home to a remarkable range of fauna like black howler monkeys, collared peccaries, armadillos and more than 250 unique bird species including pelicans and boobies. Machalilla is also the only place outside of the Galapagos Islands where the Waved Albatross can be found. The waters of the National Park are recognized as an important breeding ground for Humpback Whales.  Meals B+L+D

Day
9

Whale Watching off the Ecuadorian Coast

You’ll want to keep a sharp lookout throughout the day as we continue our southerly course. Marine birds often follow in the wake of passing ships like the Saint Laurent and these Pacific waters offer outstanding opportunities to observe migrating whales. Our fine Expedition Team and marine specialists are always on-hand to illuminate your observations and deepen your understanding of all that you’ll encounter. Of course, our Listen + Learn Aboard program continues with additional lectures and discussions. Throughout the day, your cruising pleasure is enhanced by elegant shipboard dining, our Open Bar and the congenial company of your fellow travelers.  Meals B+L+D

Day
10

Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru

After a leisurely morning of cruising, our ship will be docked in the port city of Salaverry, just 9 miles from Trujillo, Peru’s second largest city. After lunch, you’ll step off ship for a guided excursion to the archaeological zone at Chan Chan. Established by the Chimu Kingdom which reached its peak in the 15th century before falling to the Inca, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is regarded as the largest pre-Columbian city in the Americas. Distinguished by its division into nine citadels that formed autonomous units, the planning and construction of this adobe city reflects a sophisticated political and social strategy, and our visit promises fascinating insight into one of Peru’s greatest, but little known, ancient civilizations. You’ll be back onboard with time to refresh before another elegant dinner accompanied by free-flowing wines and beer. The Saint Laurent will be docked overnight here in Salaverry.  Meals B+L+D

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11

Salaverry (Trujillo), Peru

This morning, you’ll embark on a guided tour of Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna – the Temples of the Sun and the Moon. Located near Trujillo, this complex of two temples was an important ceremonial center for the Moche culture which flourished between 400 and 600 AD. The magnificent Temple of the Sun is the largest adobe structure in the Americas and is regarded as the most important of the many ancient pyramids which have been discovered along the Peruvian coast. Although still monumentally impressive, the structure you’ll behold this morning is estimated to be about 30% of its original size. Though smaller in scale, the equally amazing Temple of the Moon was part of an ancient complex built over hundreds of years that included a network of interconnected rooms and open spaces. Many of the walls are still adorned with brilliantly painted frescoes that attest to the sophisticated artistry of the ancient Moche civilization. Return to ship in time for lunch and another enriching afternoon of ocean exploration along the Pacific coast of Peru.  Meals B+L+D

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12

At Sea along the Peruvian Coast

Another unforgettable day unfolds, enriched by our informative and entertaining Listen + Learn Aboard program. Throughout the day, you’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for the diversity of marine life that swim in these Pacific waters. At this time of year, Humboldt Penguins, Guanay Cormorants and migrating whales are often sighted.  As always, gourmet dining with free-flowing wines and beer and our ship’s Open Bar add to your cruising pleasure.  Meals B+L+D

Day
13

Disembark in Callao (Lima) Peru

After a final breakfast onboard, you’ll disembark the Saint Laurent here in Callao. Peru’s primary seaport is located just east of the capital and is part of the Lima Metropolitan Area.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

San Jose + Arenal Post Stay

4 days from $1,199

Enhance your luxury cruise with our easy-to-add extension. We include deluxe hotels, all on-tour transportation, a visit to the lush La Paz Waterfall Garden and your choice of a guided canopy adventure at Arenal.

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Day
10

From Porto Caldera to Arenal

Upon disembarking your luxury ship in Porto Caldera, our private car and driver will take you on a scenic overland journey to Arenal. Check in to the deluxe Kioro Suites and Spa, where your spacious suite includes two private terraces with stupendous volcano views! This evening, you can dine at your leisure and relax in the soothing mineral pools and warm cascading waters of your resort’s seven different landscaped hot springs.  Meals B

Day
11

Tailor your Adventure at Arenal

Tailor your stay here at Arenal with the included guided adventure of your choice:

+ Hanging Bridges: Explore along a vast network of suspended bridges that wind their way through the forest. It’s a great way to learn about the tropical flora & fauna that flourishes in the canopy. And high above the shadowy forest floor, you’ll catch great views of Arenal.

+ Zip Line Adventure through the Canopy: Adrenaline-rushing adventure awaits with a dozen platforms and over 1,000 feet of steel cable strung through the tree tops. Gain a new perspective of the rainforest as you “fly” through the trees – attached securely by harness to the steel cables.

Meals B

Day
12

Onward to San Jose

After breakfast, we’ll take you through the lush countryside to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Here in the heart of the rainforest with flowing rivers and spectacular waterfalls, you’ll tour a private wildlife refuge that’s home to numerous species of tropical birds, colorful butterflies and a variety of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, amphibians and jaguars. Continue to the 5-star Hotel Real InterContinental, wonderfully situated just outside of the San Jose city center in the upscale district of Escazu.  Meals B+L

Day
13

Depart Costa Rica

After breakfast, our car and driver will be waiting to take you to the airport for your onward journey.  Meals B

San Jose + Arenal Pre Stay

4 days from $1,199

Enhance your luxury cruise with our easy-to-add extension. We include deluxe hotels, all on-tour transportation, a visit to the lush La Paz Waterfall Garden and your choice of a guided canopy adventure at Arenal.

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Day
1

Welcome to Costa Rica

Upon arrival at the airport in San Jose, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to the Hotel Real InterContinental. Our deluxe hotel is wonderfully situated just outside of the city center in the upscale district of Escazu surrounded by the forested rolling hills of the Central Valley.

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Onward to Arenal

After breakfast, we’ll take you through the lush Costa Rican countryside to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. Here in the heart of the rainforest with flowing rivers and spectacular waterfalls, you’ll tour a private wildlife refuge that’s home to numerous species of tropical birds, colorful butterflies and a remarkable variety of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, amphibians and jaguars. Continue to Arenal and check in to the deluxe Kioro Suites and Spa, where your spacious suite includes two private terraces with stupendous volcano views! This evening, you can dine at your leisure and relax in the soothing mineral pools and warm cascading waters of your resort’s seven different landscaped hot springs.  Meals B+L 

Day
3

Tailor your Adventure at Arenal

Tailor your stay here at Arenal with the included guided adventure of your choice:

+ Hanging Bridges: Explore along a vast network of suspended bridges that wind their way through the forest. It’s a great way to learn about the tropical flora & fauna that flourishes in the canopy. And high above the shadowy forest floor, you’ll catch great views of Arenal.

+ Zip Line Adventure through the Canopy: Adrenaline-rushing adventure awaits with a dozen platforms and over 1,000 feet of steel cable strung through the tree tops. Gain a new perspective of the rainforest as you “fly” through the trees – attached securely by harness to the steel cables.

Meals B

Day
4

Travel to Porto Caldera + Board your Luxury Cruise

After a leisurely breakfast, our car and driver will be waiting to take you on a scenic drive to Porto Caldera where you’ll step aboard the 5-star M.S. Saint Laurent to begin your cruise.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Arenal

Discover one of Costa Rica’s most rewarding regions. We include roundtrip transfers from San Jose and your choice of a guided adventure, including rainforest canopy tours, hiking or horseback riding!

Cuzco

With its handsome Colonial architecture and ancient Inca sites, Cuzco is one of the must-see places in Peru and South America. We include a choice of terrific hotels, private airport transfers and extensive sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Lake Titicaca

With its pristine beauty and unique indigenous communities, Lake Titicaca is a terrific way to enhance your travels through Peru and South America. We include private airport transfers, a choice of fine hotels & resorts and a full-day, expertly guided excursion across the Lake.

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Other Cabin Categories  

Category A Cabins:
$8,699 $8,199 per person double
$12,999 $12,499 per person single

Owner's Suites:
$9,899 $9,399 per person double

Call for other available cabins.
Please see deck plans under
the accomodations tab.

   

ms Saint Laurent's Cliff Rock
Outdoor Bar + Grill

   

ms Saint Laurent's Pub

   

Outdoor Lounge aboard
the ms Saint Laurent

   

ms Saint Laurent's Sun Deck

   

Shearwater Dining Room on
the ms Saint Laurent

Port charges of $499 per person are not included.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!