Wednesday 22 October 2008

Enjoy Costa Rica and the Panama Canal on Windstar

Discover the Natural Wonders of Beautiful Destinations by Luxury Ship

Windstar Cruises and Travel the World invite you to experience Costa Rica’s lush jungles, pristine beaches and abundant wildlife as well as the legendary Panama Canal.

Travellers on Windstar Cruises, which operates a fleet of three motor sailing yachts that explore the world’s most treasured destinations, can choose from 13 7-day roundtrips from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica aboard msy Wind Star from December 2008 to March 2009.

A range of ports is included in the 7-day sailing from Puerto Caldera, including Playas del Coco, Quepos, Bahía Drake, Curu and Tortuga Island in Costa Rica and San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua.

Extend your journey and visit the Panama Canal as msy Wind Star sails a 14-day itinerary on 29 November 08. Guests depart Barbados and cruise to Puerto Caldera visiting Bequia, The Grenadines; Charlotteville, Tobago; Isla Margarita, Venezuela; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Oranjestad, Aruba; and San Blas Islands, Panama.

Two new shore excursions are available on Windstar’s 14-day cruise through the Panama Canal. In Isla de Margarita, a new 4-Wheel Drive Highlights and Beach Tour is offered where guests travel across the island’s arid landscape to the mountains en route to the village of El Valle. Also included is a short hike through a cloud forest, a drive to the capital city of Las Asunción to see Bolívar Square and the cathedral and a beach stop.

In Kralendijk, an ATV Off-Road Adventure is offered which explores the east coast of Bonaire and the Washikemba Reservoir area’s rugged terrain complete with wild donkeys, goats and iguanas. Guests also visit Spelonk Lighthouse, take a refreshing dip in a natural lava rock Jacuzzi and stop at Suplado Blowhole.

Windstar has been a leader in the small ship luxury cruise market for the past 20 years and won support from a new generation of contemporary travellers who enjoy the line’s luxurious accommodation, rich mix of shore excursions, water sports program and deluxe spa facilities.

Cruise fares start at US$2,049 per person, twin share on the 7-day sailing and US$3,799 per person, twin share on the 14-day sailing.

For further information or to make a booking with Windstar, contact Travel the World on 1300 766 566 or visit the website

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