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SHIP: Star Pride ROUTE: Panama Canal – Costa Rica DECK: Deck 5, Cabin 215 Watch­ing a blood-red sunset streak the skies while the Wind­star flag is hoisted to the stir­ring tune of Van­ge­lis’ 1942 – Con­quest of Par­adise is among the many spe­cial mo­ments on Star Pride. Oth­ers are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the grandeur of the Panama Canal, a man-made mas­ter­piece of mod­ern en­gi­neer­ing that re­flects the vision, strug­gle and sac­ri­fice that went into build­ing the 77km wa­ter­way across the Isth­mus of Panama and dis­cov­er­ing Costa Rica. With a max­i­mum of 212 pas­sen­gers, the six-deck pow­ered yacht is spa­cious enough to find a quiet spot on the eight-day cruise that stops at Costa Ri­can beaches with sway­ing palm trees, blue wa­ters and vil­lages with tales to tell. Our suite, one of 106 re­cently re­fur­bished, has a large walk-in wardrobe, en­suite with L’Oc­c­i­tane prod­ucts and a Juli­ette-style ve­ran­dah to catch the ocean breeze.

Din­ing is an ad­ven­ture with break­fast and lunch served in the in­door/out­door Veranda res­tau­rant. At night, it’s trans­formed into the ro­man­tic Can­dles res­tau­rant with flick­er­ing lights, soft mu­sic and an ex­cel­lent menu. Din­ner is also served in the el­e­gant down­stairs res­tau­rant Am­phorA and is a grand af­fair with world-wide wine of­fer­ings and a menu fea­tur­ing Lobster Ther­mi­dor. The weekly open-deck bar­be­cue is a feast with prawns piled high, lobster, sal­ads and bar­be­cued meats plus de­li­cious desserts. Cof­fee lovers are well taken care off with a barista man­ning the top deck Yacht Club lounge and yoga, Pi­lates, dance classes, lec­tures and cook­ing demon­stra­tions are of­fered. Pas­sen­gers can take an ocean dip or head out on kayaks, pad­dle­boards and sail­boats from the water sports plat­form or stretch out pool­side – heaven. wind­

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