Join us for this incomparable nine-day sailing journey from the Costa Rican rainforest through the mighty locks of the Panama Canal. Spend one night in a deluxe hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica, then embark on a Five-Star cruise for seven nights from Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, to Colon, Panama, aboard the exclusively chartered WIND STAR, a small sailing ship carrying only 148 guests. Explore the terrestrial wonders of Costa Rica's Manuel Antonio National Park and the Golfo Dulce. Call at rarely visited Isla Cebaco and discover the rich marine life in its vivid coral reefs. Tour Panama City, including its Casco Antiguo (Old Quarter), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and experience a daylight passage through the awe-inspiring Panama Canal. Enjoy lectures by exclusive onboard study leaders throughout the itinerary. Shipboard gratuities, complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary watersports are included.
Day 1: Depart US or Canada / Arrive San Jose, Costa Rica
Day 2: San Jose / Puerto Caldera / Embark Wind Star
Day 3: Quepos for Manuel Antonio National Park
Day 4: Golfo Dulce for Casa Orquideas
Day 5: Isla Cebaco, Panama
Day 6: Day at Sea
Day 7: Panama City
Day 8: Panama Canal Transit / Colon
Day 9: Colon / Disembark ship / Agua Clara Visitor Center for Panama Canal expansion (departure flight time permitting) / Panama City / Return to the US or Canada
Optional two night pre-program: Costa Rica's cloud forests and volcanoes
Optional two night post-program: Panama City, Panama
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Vicki has been teaching engineering since 1997 and has been at Dartmouth since 2005 where she is currently an Instructional Professor at the Thayer School of Engineering. Helping people of all ages understand basic engineering concepts and appreciate the engineering around them are important goals to Vicki. She loves to build things, often with the help of her children, and incorporates hands-on learning in her courses whenever possible. Vicki received a BS in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1991 and MS and PhD degrees in civil/structural engineering from Stanford University in 1992 and 1996, respectively. She has won several teaching awards over the years including Professor of the Year for Dartmouth and New Hampshire.
This is Vicki's second trip as the faculty leader for Dartmouth Alumni Travel's Passage of the Panama Canal. As a structural engineer, Vicki is eager to lecture about the awe-inspiring structures and engineering projects encountered on this itinerary, especially the Panama Canal itself.