Ship's Registry: Bahamas
Passenger Capacity: 148
Crew Members: 90
Gross tonnage: 5,307
Length: 360 feet (110 meters) at waterline; 440 feet (134 meters) including bowsprit
Beam (width): 52.1 feet (15.8 meters)
Draft: 14 feet (4.1 meters)
Masts: 4 at 204 feet (62 meters)
Sails: 6 sails with 21,500 square feet (or 2,200 square meters)
Cruising Speed: 10 knots with engines only; up to 15.8 knots with prevailing wind
Panama Canal & Costa Rica
All-Lesbian Cruise 2025
January 4 11, 2025
Windstar msy Wind Star
Visit beautiful Panama and Costa Rica on board the intimate, 148-passengers ship, the ms Wind Star. Renowned as the Eighth Wonder of the World, marvel as your ship is raised, then lowered, 85 feet to sail gracefully through three massive locks in the Canal. This small ship will anchor in ports the large ships cannot go, so you will find less crowds and more empty beaches to enjoy. This luxurious Wind Star vessel feels like you are on your own private yacht. Join us on this once-in-a-lifetime voyage!
Come find the natural and man-made wonders combined on this exotic Costa Rica and Panama Canal cruise full of bucket list places and activities. Learn about the area from a local Naturalist on board, then take a Zodiac ashore and find rare experiences for yourself. Hike through Manuel Antonio National Park in search of its lovely beaches and abundant animal life. Soar high above the Quepos jungle floor as you zipline searching for such wildlife residents as monkeys, sloths, and toucans, then explore Golfo Dulce with some of the most intense rainforest landscapes in the world. Take a daylight transit the massive Panama Canal, one of the world's most stunning feats of engineering on a yacht that lets you see it all.
Your Ship - Windstar Cruises msy Wind Star
Imagine a small luxury ship with amazing cuisine and an attentive staff, one where you are comfortable in casual attire, and are encouraged to have a relaxed, fun time. The 5-star Wind Star boasts teak decking, rich wood interiors, eclectic artwork, exceptional signature cuisine and an extensive wine list. Staterooms and suites offer ocean views, and all those little luxuries you enjoy at home: like flatscreen TVs and Bose sound dock systems.
The library onboard stocks an array of newspapers, books and games, as well as a multi-media selection of more than 500 DVD titles and compact discs available for complimentary check-out. Or, head to the casino, have a drink at the pool bar, or get pampered at the spa. If you love water sports, head to the ship's water sports platform and enjoy complimentary water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, and kayaking. Enjoy a sitting area, LCD flatscreen TV, DVD, CD player, iPod Nanos and Bose SoundDocks systems, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, international direct-dial phones, bathroom with luxurious pampering toiletries, hair dryer, plush terry cloth robes, and an abundance of closet space.
Wind Star Ship Amenities
Windstar's award-winning service and style gives you the luxury of choice to enjoy what you like, when you like and with whom you like.
Wind Star offers two primary dining venues. AmphorA restaurant offers gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the evenings and Veranda restaurant offers casual buffet and full-service dining for breakfast and lunch. All dining is open seating. And, for dining under the stars, make a reservation for Candles which features steaks and skewers.
Wind Star amenities include: WindSpa, Watersports Platform, Casino, Lounge, Library, Pool, and Hot Tub.
The Windstar's ms Wind Star is a beautifully designed, intimate 148-passengers ship and boasts the following ship amenities:
• Wind Star Lounge
• The Yacht Club
• Compass Rose Bar
• Pool Bar
• Terrace Bar
• Salt-water pool
• Hot tub
• Wind Spa
• Fitness Center
• Signature Shops
• Photo Gallery
Wind Star Accommodations
All staterooms have ocean views, queen beds, flat-screen TV with DVD player, and Bose SoundDock speakers for Apple iPods. The Owner's Suite includes a sitting area.
All rooms are comfortably appointed with:
• LCD flat-screen television
• Hair dryer
• Vanity with magnifying mirror
• Euro-top mattresses
• Luxury bedding
• Egyptian cotton towels
• Plush terry robes & slippers
• One standard U.S. 110- and one European 220-volt outlet
• DVD/CD players
• Personal safe
• International direct dial phones
• Wireless internet (extra charge)
• Bose SoundDock speakers for use with your iPod
• Cell phone service (extra charge)
• Private bathrooms with shower
• L'Occitane toiletries
World Class Culinary Experience
Delectable cuisine, delightful surroundings, inspired wine pairings...Create the most delicious memories while you are on a Windstar yacht. Whether your pleasure is dinner in the exquisite AmphorA fine dining restaurant, lunch alfresco at Veranda, or an indulgent dessert delivered to your room from our 24-hour room service menu, you always get to choose where to dine, no reservation required. The freshest local ingredients, seasonal produce, and amazing ingenuity go into each dish, made to order just for you..
Here, the dining room manager seats you at the location of your choice. When you dine and with whom are entirely up to you. Each delightful dish is prepared exactly to your liking—an exquisite dinner served course-by-course with a fine selection of vintage wines.
Here’s the perfect place for a romantic tête-a-tête under the stars in Candles, Windstar’s signature outdoor restaurant transformed by night into a dreamlike paradise. Delectable cuisine, memorable surroundings, inspired wine pairings.
It’s breakfast and lunch alfresco! Either order off the menu or pick from the delights of the seemingly endless buffet. You will find that the choices are many in the Veranda.
Cabins are equipped with one standard U.S. 110 and one European 220-volt outlet.
Each cabin has a phone. There is an additional fee to use this phone; cost is available on board.
Internet / e-mail / fax
There is an internet center on board; minute plans are available. Pricing will be posted on board. Guests may also bring their own laptops and purchase an internet wireless plan on board.
Laundry and pressing service are available on board. Dry cleaning is not available. Check on board for pricing.
There is an onboard infirmary. Medical services entail an additional fee.
There is a spa on board, and massages and other services are available for an additional fee.
Money: Paying for things on board
On board, the currency is U.S. dollars. All purchases made on the ship will be charged to your onboard account, which you create when you first check in. Please check with the front office on board for further details.
A special 24-hour room service menu is available for all guests. Menu items from the Veranda are available only during their opening times for breakfast and lunch. Dinner menu items from the AmphorA Restaurant are also available for room service during the opening hours only. Tips for room service are not included and always appreciated.
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public spaces, cabins and the starboard (right) side of all outside decks. Smoking is allowed only in designated outdoor areas on the port (left) side of the ship.
What is included?
• Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights on the elegant Windstar ms Wind Star
• All meals on board the ship’s restaurants featuring gourmet fare, including 24-hour room service
• Complimentary soft beverages including bottled water, sparkling water, sodas, fresh juices, milk, fruit smoothies, tea, coffee, cappuccinos, lattes, mochas and espresso.
• Bottled water replenished daily
• Gratuities to ship staff, Panama Canal Port fees, and service taxes
• Olivia’s signature entertainment and programming
• Olivia staff assistance throughout
What's not included?
• Boutique, casino and spa services
• Alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails
• Internet access, phone calls and other incidentals
• A wide menu of optional excursions in all ports of call (extra charge)
• Airport transfers on January 4 from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, Panama (PTY) & from host hotel to the ship in Colon, Panama
• Airport transfers on January 11 from the ship in Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica to the San Jose International Airport (SJO) to host hotel
• Travel insurance
• Personal Items
• Medical attention
Panama Canal & Costa Rica
Lesbian Cruise 2025 Itinerary
| 04 Jan
| 05 Jan
|Transit Panama Canal
| 06 Jan
|Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama
| 07 Jan
|Day at Sea!
| 08 Jan
|Isla Parida, Panama
| 09 Jan
|Golfito / Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
| 10 Jan
|Quepos, Costa Rica
| 11 Jan
|Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Please arrive in Panama City no later than 11:45 am on January 4.
Your departing flight from San Jose on January 11 should be after 12 pm.
Saturday, January 4, 2025
Untouched beaches, lowland rainforests, and elaborate colonial architecture lie just beyond the commercial center of Colón. There are plenty of things here to satisfy virtually every interest — from snorkeling in impossibly blue Caribbean waters to sunbathing on gold-sand beaches, exploring ancient ruins, or admiring the massive locks on the other side of the formidable Panama Canal.
Transit Panama Canal
Sunday, January 5, 2025
At nearly 48 miles long, on your transit through the Panama Canal you will enter three sets of locks that raise and lower the vessel 85 feet between the calm Pacific Ocean and the shimmering waters of the Atlantic. Your voyage features a daylight hours transit with numerous observation vantage points for outside viewing and comfortable indoor air-conditioned lounges. Expert onboard commentary enhances your journey as you watch the day to day workings of this bucket list experience.
Balboa / Fuerte Amador, Panama
Monday, January 6, 2025
One of the entrances to the Panama Canal on the Pacific side, Balboa/Fuerte Amador was founded in 1519 and is a short distance from Panama City. In 2012, Balboa was ranked #1 in Latin America in the category of world's busiest container ports. Sightseeing highlights include the colonial homes, the Administration Building, the Goethais Memorial, the Prado, and the local handicraft markets of traditional Panamanian crafts.
A Day at Sea!
Tuesday, January 7, 2025
It’s time to relax, sip a glass of wine or sparkling water and catch up with friends. Get a massage at the spa, sunbathe at the pool, or just sit and enjoy gorgeous views of Panama.
Isla Parida, Panama
Wednesday, January 8, 2025
Located within a Nature Preserve of 50 islands, and part of Chiriqui Marine National Park lovely Isla Parida boasts magnificent white-sand beaches, one of which is over 1,300 feet long. The crystal-clear waters stay at 82 degrees year-round and are filled with marine life. There are numerous hardwood trees like teak, mahogany, and eucalyptus, and fruit trees like mango, banana and coconut trees. Here you will be treated to a delicious barbecue hosted by Windstar on a secluded beach that faces the Pacific Ocean.
Golfito / Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
Thursday, January 9, 2025
Picture Jurassic foliage growing down steep hillsides all the way to the waterline, the hoots of monkeys echoing through trees choked by orchids. Golfo Dulce is one of Costa Rica’s most biodiverse areas, where both the jungle and the sea brim with life. Explore the canals by kayak in search of javelinas, butterflies, and more bird species than in all of North America.
Quepos, Costa Rica
Friday, January 10, 2025
The former banana-exporting town of Quepos is your basecamp for a day of rainforest adventure. Take a walk along trails that weave up to waterfalls, or ride horseback to a beautiful jungle pool. A float trip through a mangrove swamp populated by monkeys, crocodiles, egrets, and herons is also available. Or you may choose a nature walk through Manuel Antonio National Park, with its lovely beaches, easy trails, and abundant animal life.
Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica
Saturday, January 11, 2025
Absorb Costa Rica’s magnificent biodiversity by adding a land package to your cruise. Venture to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where 300-year-old trees and orchids form a spectacular backdrop to resplendent quetzals, tapirs, monkeys, sloths, and other rainforest residents. Or head to Tortuguero National Park, one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, known for being a primary nesting site of endangered green turtles.
The official currency of Costa Rica is the colón (“colónes” is the plural) and the official currency of Panama is the balboa. However, there are no balboa paper notes, all are U.S. federal reserve notes, i.e. U.S. dollars. Cents are known as “centavos”. U.S. dollars are accepted in both Costa Rica and Panama. We recommend that you travel with small U.S. bills.
In both Costa Rica and Panama, Spanish and English are widely spoken.
The climate in both Costa Rica and Panama will range between 85°F–95°F (29°C–35°C) during the day and 70°F–75°F (21°C–24°C) at night.
Travel documentation and identification
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need to get a visa ahead of time. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Panama City, Panama (PTY). We encourage all passengers to arrive at least a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
You will need to fly out of San José, Costa Rica (SJO).
Suggested arrival/departure times
If arriving on the day of the trip, please arrive no later than 11:45 am on January 4. Your departing flight on January 11 should be after 12 pm. Please DO NOT book arrivals after 11:45 am on January 4 or departure prior to 12 pm on January 11! If your flight times are close to these cutoff times, please ask us to confirm that they are okay. We will arrange group transfers within the above guidelines. Flights that arrive or depart outside of these timelines may be subject to the guest hiring their own taxi transfers, or risk missing the ship/flight.
Transfer time from PTY airport to the ship in Colon the ship is 1½ hours. Transfer will depart from the host hotel between 1–2 pm (not included).
Transfer time from the ship in Puerto Caldera to the San José host hotel is 2–2½ hours, and will depart the ship upon clearance from customs, usually 1–2 hours after arrival.
Embarkation and check-in will be available after 1 pm.
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Optional group transfers will be offered to purchase from Windstar. More information will be available when we get closer to the trip.
After your trip - Transfers to the airport
Transfers from the ship to the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) on January 11, 2025 will be available for purchase on board the ship.
Costa Rica one-, two- and three-night post-trip packages, and Panama one- and two-night pre-trip packages will be available approximately 11 months prior to the trip. Please check back to the Vacation Stretchers for more information, approximately 9–11 months from the trip dates.
While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
Excursions may be booked online up to 30 days in advance. A booking number will be assigned to you and detailed instructions regarding shore excursions and activities will be sent approximately four weeks prior to the trip.
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ and other-behind-the-scenes crew members. Tips to your local guides on excursions are not included, and are recommended.
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Occupancy: 148 • Tonnage: 5,307 • Length: 360/440 feet • Beam: 52,1 feet • Cruising Speed: 10/15,8 knots • Registry: Bahamas
|2025 Panama Canal & Costa Rica Lesbian Cruise Rates
OS - Owner's Suite
| Deck 1. With an expansive 220 square feet, the Owner's Suite gives you everything offered in a stateroom, plus lots more, including a beautiful sitting area and separate in-room dining space. Owner's Suites have oversized porthole windows, a queen-sized bed, ample closet and drawer space, private bathroom with shower, and a spacious living area with sofa, mini bar, refrigerator, and entertainment center with flat screen television, DVD/CD player, and a BOSE SoundDock System with personal iPod nano.
AX - Deluxe Stateroom
|Deck 2. Deluxe Oceanview staterooms have porthole windows, a queen-sized bed, ample closet space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with vanity, mini bar, refrigerator, flat screen television, DVD/CD player, and a BOSE SoundDock System with personal iPod nano. All staterooms have luxurious linens and towels, thermostat controlled air conditioning, personal safe, telephone, wireless internet access, access to the ship's DVD and CD library, and full-course dining in your stateroom.
A Category Stateroom
|Deck 2. Standard staterooms have porthole windows, a queen-sized bed, ample closet space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with vanity, mini bar, refrigerator, flat screen television, DVD/CD player, and a BOSE SoundDock System with personal iPod nano. All staterooms have luxurious linens and towels, thermostat controlled air conditioning, personal safe, telephone, wireless internet access, access to the ship's DVD and CD library, and full-course dining in your stateroom.
BX Category Stateroom
|Deck 1. Deluxe Oceanview staterooms have porthole windows, a queen-sized bed, ample closet space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with vanity, mini bar, refrigerator, flat screen television, DVD/CD player, and a BOSE SoundDock System with personal iPod nano. All staterooms have luxurious linens and towels, thermostat controlled air conditioning, personal safe, telephone, wireless internet access, access to the ship's DVD and CD library, and full-course dining in your stateroom.
B Category Stateroom
|Deck 1. Standard staterooms have porthole windows, a queen-sized bed, ample closet space, private bathroom with shower, and a sitting area with vanity, mini bar, refrigerator, flat screen television, DVD/CD player, and a BOSE SoundDock System with personal iPod nano. All staterooms have luxurious linens and towels, thermostat controlled air conditioning, personal safe, telephone, wireless internet access, access to the ship's DVD and CD library, and full-course dining in your stateroom.
Costa Rica one-, two- and three-night post-trip packages, and Panama one- and two-night pre-trip packages will be available approximately 11 months prior to the trip.
Rates: Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include airfare, insurance, fuel surcharge or NDA of $599 (subject to change).
Early bird prices valid until September 30, 2024.
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