Costa Rica Panama Cruise to hidden beaches and adventures


My hair blew in the wind and I took a deep, extended breath the Safari Voyager moved stealthily by way of the waves. My eyes focused on the horizon exactly where the water met the sky. I was sitting on the bench hunting out more than the bow and soaking in the get started of my holiday. Even believed we had been moving forward towards our location for the day, my globe was slowing down.

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As we approached land and we had been receiving prepared to drop anchor I looked at all of the trees, it appeared to be one particular large band of green that melted into the turquoise water. Green. It was as if I had just entered a globe of green, or place on green tinted glasses. I believed to myself I do not ever recall seeing this a lot green prior to, or caring about it either.

When time slows down, our senses speed up.

As a writer, I believe I often have my senses on higher alert attempting to recall how a spot feels and smells so I can make it come alive on the two dimensional web page. Having said that even I can take some of the senses for granted at occasions, in particular when I’m stressed and busy. When we are on holiday although our entire routine slows down and that provides our senses time to come to the forefront.

I believe that is what my ‘green moment’ was all about it was my senses coming to the forefront right after I let my physique slow down. It was such a fantastic feeling of awareness that I decided to attempt to knowledge my whole Panama and Costa Rica cruise by way of all of my senses.


I believe it is easiest to knowledge a spot by way of our eyes it is known as sightseeing right after all. Having said that, I did uncover myself taking unique notice of items I ordinarily do not notice – like colors. The rainforest in Costa Rica seemed to glow green from my vantage point on the boat, and when I went ashore items even seemed much more colorful!

Our 1st cease in Costa Rica was for hiking. We split into groups and I created certain to be in a group with our going to biologist, Victor. On several departures Uncruise has specialists they bring aboard to additional boost the knowledge with a theme departure. Victor was a biologist from Costa Rica and I knew he would be a wealth of data on our hike!

Certain sufficient, Victor’s potential to spot and recognize items was remarkable he had a sight superpower! We hiked by way of the lush vegetation and all of a sudden he reached out and grabbed a thing off a leaf. He had snatched a itty bitty frog about the size of his fingernail. And even although seeing a tiny frog was pretty a sight, I kept asking yourself how he even saw it on the leaf!

Victor spotted howler monkeys in trees, spiders, raccoons, deer, and an unthinkable quantity of birds hidden in the leaves. Numerous occasions I couldn’t even spot them when he pointed them out to me!

In addition to the animal sightings, Victor also introduced us to the remarkable array of colorful flowers and fauna in the rainforest. It was like a rainbow of flowers and orchids developing everywhere. Most of the varieties I had under no circumstances observed prior to. Victor definitely was a large aspect of why the sights of Costa Rica and Panama had been so thrilling.


It is a great factor that Uncruise expeditions are complete of adventures and activities simply because you will will need to move right after tasting all of the scrumptious meals on the ship! The meals and drink began the moment you stepped on the ship with a glass of champagne and strawberries. That evening as we went by way of the Panama Canal we had beef tenderloin and potatoes served buffet style so that we could consume on the top rated deck even though going by way of the canal. All through the week we had fish, BBQ ribs, Lamb, prime rib, and an inordinate quantity of colorful, fresh vegetables.

I attempted the guanabana (aka Soursop) juice, which is identified all about Costa Rica and Panama. I appreciate getting introduced to new fruits when I travel! The juice tasted refreshing but subtle, like pear juice. I loved the taste so a lot I asked for it every morning.

Having said that, considering that I have a sweet tooth, I was most excited to understand that there was a pastry chef on board. Each morning Catie would bake up fresh bread, scones, rolls, or muffins and I couldn’t pass them up. Definitely, does something taste superior than fresh baked goods? No.

So be ready that your taste buds will be on overload throughout your time on the ship, and be certain say “yes!” when they give a longer kayak or a ship to shore swim simply because it indicates you can then have an additional scrumptious cinnamon roll.


When you believe of touch, you ordinarily believe of reaching our and touching a thing with your hands. Having said that, as I stood on the beach watching the waves crash on the shore as the water rippled more than my feet I all of a sudden was incredibly conscious of the ocean water touching my feet. You devote a lot of time barefoot on this trip, so several of my sensations of touch had been connected with my feet.

A single of my preferred items to do was merely stand ankle deep in the water. My feet sunk into the ocean floor providing me the feeling of sinking in quicksand. And I loved every single early morning spreading out my toes and grounding myself on the spongy yoga mat receiving prepared to do a balancing move. I discovered that carrying out morning yoga on a moving ship requires a lot of foot/mat connection and core muscle tissues!

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Anytime we did excursions and lined up to take a skiff ride or go ashore, there was often a flurry of activity as absolutely everyone place on their PFD’s, grabbed their snorkel gear, and lined up to listen for directions from our expedition leader, Megan. Amongst all of that activity arose the smell of sunscreen. There’s a thing about the smell of sunscreen that triggers happiness in our brains recognizing entertaining ought to quickly be on the horizon. For me the smell of sunscreen is connected with the beach, and that seemed fitting considering that when we did get off the ship it was ordinarily to go to the beach!

Amongst that familiar smell of sunscreen you could also get whiffs of lemony citrus as folks sprayed bug spray about their ankles. Uncruise graciously supplies sunscreen and bug spray to all the passengers by putting large bottles of every out on the deck as we board the skiffs. The smell of sunscreen and bug spray just added to the excitement for me of our adventures to come.


From the howling monkey that would send shivers by way of my spine to the sound of the anchor dropping, to the flag flapping in the wind the Costa Rica Panama cruise was an orchestra of sounds. Having said that, it was the sounds from the Panama Canal that stuck with me the most.

The mules that pulled the ships by way of the locks had a incredibly distinct hum to them. They had been electric locomotive engines that controlled the approach along the canal by making certain the lateral position of the ship as it motored by way of. They even communicated with sound. They use bells to communicate with the canal pilot who is in charge of the ships passage. Soon after going by way of the 1st two locks, I knew that when I heard the now familiar ding that meant that we had been going to get started gradually moving once more.

By focusing on traveling with my senses I believe I was a lot much more conscious and had a deeper knowledge general. It brought destinations to life for me. I know that anytime I place my feet on a yoga mat, smell bug spray, hear an electric engine, see a rainforest, or have soursop juice it will trigger the memories of Panama and Costa Rica. And these are great memories to relive more than and more than.

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Uncruise is know for their Alaska cruises, but I took their Panama/Costa Rica journey as nicely as their Sea of Cortez route. Each had been fantastic and complete of wildlife! They are adding a new cease and much more days to the Panama/Cota Rica Itinerary this spring with stops at much more Panama islands to get immersed into the culture as well!

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I was a guest of Uncruise for the trip, nevertheless all opinions expressed right here are my personal.


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