7 Night Costa Rica & Panama Canal on Rhapsody of the Seas from Colón, Panama Puntarenas, Costa Rica Monteverde Cloud Forest
The 7 Night Costa Rica & Panama Canal from Colón, Panama visits Cartagena, Colombia; Panama Canal (Cruising), Panama; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Quepos, Costa Rica; Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama. Explore our cruise itineraries and choose from a variety of rooms depending on your needs and budget. Start planning your next cruise vacation by selecting a destination and departure port.
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7 Night Costa Rica & Panama Canal
Itinerary Overview
Explore Rhapsody of the Seas
Day 1 - Colón, Panama
Day 2 - Cartagena, Colombia
Day 3 - Panama Canal, Panama
Day 4 - Cruising
Day 5 - Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Day 6 - Quepos, Costa Rica
Day 7 - Cruising
Day 8 - Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica Monteverde Cloud Forest
The rain forest within the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica
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7 Night Costa Rica & Panama Canal

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Leaving from
Colón, Panama
Rhapsody of the Seas
Day Port
Colón, Panama
Departs at 4:00 PM
Cartagena, Colombia
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Panama Canal, Panama
Sightseeing from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Day at sea
Puntarenas, Costa Rica
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Quepos, Costa Rica
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Day at sea
Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Panama
Arrives at 7:00 AM
*Port sequence may vary by sailing date.
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Your ship Rhapsody of the Seas

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Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas, Aerial View
Aerial View of Rhapsody of the Seas
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Rhapsody of the Seas
Soak up new views from the top of the Rock Climbing Wall. Learn skills from a seasoned chef in a culinary class. Or discover a new favorite red or white at Vintages. All on your most thrilling adventure yet.


Seize adventure at the Rock Climbing Wall. Catch a movie under the stars. Rock the kitchen in a culinary class or break a sweat at Vitality℠ at Sea Spa and Fitness Center. It's all here on Rhapsody of the Seas®.


From exotic Asian flavors at Izumi and reimagined steakhouse classics at Chops Grille℠, to traditional Tuscan dishes at Giovanni's Table, this is one flavor fest you definitely want to try.


Ready to be dazzled? Piano Man revisits memory lane with classics on the keys. And throughout the ship, you'll find performances by onboard guest entertainers, like piano sing-alongs at the Schooner Bar.

Day 1: Colón, Panama

Day 1
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Colon, Panama Sloth Hanging On Tree
Wild two-toed sloth hanging on tree in Colon Island, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
Things to do in
Departs at 4:00 PM
Home to the Panama Canal's Atlantic Ocean entryway, Colón is the second-largest city in Panama. Start your adventure at the Gatun locks, where you can watch ships being raised by water lifts to the higher elevation of the canal. Then, visit the Portobelo Natural Park and take in the beauty of its 16th century forts. Or head to the beach at Playa Maria Chiquita for clear Caribbean Sea waters and white sands. Cruise to Colón, Panama and check out Portobelo National Park, where you can see 17th-century Fort San Lorenzo or go bird-watching along the Achiote Trail in San Lorenzo Protected Forest. Or take the one-hour trek to Panama City, the Caribbean's urban heartbeat.
Colon, Panama Canal
The second lock of the Panama canal from the Pacific ocean

Lock in the Wonder

Experience the Panama Canal in all its engineered glory as you witness ships being lifted in the Gatun locks to enter Gatun Lake. Ships then traverse through the lake and exit the canal on the Pacific Ocean side, going down again in the Miraflores locks.
Insider tip
Only in Panama can you watch the sun rise on the Pacific Ocean and set on the Atlantic Ocean. All it takes is a 50-mile taxi ride from one side of the country to the other.
Colon, Panama, San Lorenzo Fort
The San Lorenzo fortifications in Portobelo National Park in Colon, Panama

Naturally Fortified

Head to the Portobelo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and find yourself surrounded by historic fortifications like the ruins of San Lorenzo Castle and Fort. Don't miss San Lorenzo Protected Forest, which houses many hiking trails and marine flora and fauna, like mangroves and sea turtles.
Colon, Panama Cathedral
The Panama Cathedral in Colon

The Beat of the City

Drive for just an hour and find arguably the most visually appealing city in Central America: metropolitan Panama City. Cruise to Colón and walk by impressive skyscrapers like the Vitri Tower, feed your artistic side with a visit to BioMuseo museum, and shop for souvenirs in the historic streets of Panama Viejo.
Colon, Panama Empanadas
Young woman holding in hands wicker basket with freshly baked empanadas

Local Cuisine

Seafood in its many forms is the staple cuisine of Colón. Sample shrimp and coconut rice or white fish ceviche marinated in lime and habanero. Not feeling like fish? Seek out golden-brown empanadas stuffed with meat and cheese or sancocho, a hearty chicken stew with corn, squash and herbs. Finish your meal with raspados, the local dessert of grated ice sweetened with condensed milk.
Colon, Panama Hats
Panama Hats sold in Colon, Panama


The Colón Free Zone is one of the biggest duty-free markets in the world. Head here to find wholesale stores selling everything from clothes to shoes and jewelry during your Colón cruise. If you're heading to Panama City, don't miss out on the shopping there. Shops like Karavan, Beermarkt and Papiro y Yo selling indigenous art, local beer and the ever-popular Panama hats.

Day 2: Cartagena, Colombia

Day 2
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Cartagena, Colombia, Playa Blanca
Beautiful turquoise water at Playa Blanca near Cartagena, Colombia
Things to do in
From 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Cartagena de Indias boasts romantic colonial architecture and a Caribbean coast glittering in shades of bright white and aquamarine. Saunter through the leafy Plaza de Bolivar, photographing multicolored streets like Calle Segunda de Badillo. Cruise to Cartagena to dance to the beat of merengue, salsa and Colombia's very own cumbia at places like Bazurto Social Club. Discover Proclamation Square, where the town people gathered in 1811 in support of the declaration of independence from Spain, and walk the 16th-century fortifications of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas. Enjoy Cartagena's natural grandeur on its many beaches, like Bocagrande, Playa Blanca and placid Rosario Islands National Park, just 45 minutes away from the city.
Cartagena, Colombia, Street view
Buildings with balconies lining a street in Cartagena, Colombia

Walk This Way

Get to know Cartagena by foot with any of the many walking tours available and learn about the city's history and charm while discovering every colonial nook. Visit the Palace of the Inquisition, the San Felipe de Barajas Castle and the chocolate or emerald museums. Only a walk will allow you the time and space to see them.
Insider tip
Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote extensively about Cartagena. Bring with you some of his quotes and try to find the spots he wrote so passionately about.
Cartagena, Colombia, Isla de Rosario
Small boats anchored close to shore at Islas de Roasario, Colombia

Soothing Shores

Get to Bocagrande and see a Colombian version of a Miami strip, clad with trendy shops and stylish sky-rises. Or head to Playa Blanca or Rosario Islands for clear waters and blinding bright sand and be lulled by the gentle waves.
Insider tip
Take a short cooking class and learn some Colombian recipes you can take home with you.
Cartagena, Colombia, Market
An outdoor market under a covered walkway in Cartagena, Colombia

Market Finds

To get a real local experience head to the bustling Mercado de Bazurto, where you can find fresh local fruits like Mamey, Cherimoya and Lulo or have a plate full of seafood — try the popular crab rice — for less than $5.
Insider tip
Discover the natural benefits of a mud bath at Volcan de Lodo el Totumo — an active mud volcano 30 miles outside of Cartagena.
Cartagena, Colombia, Arepas rellenas
Two arepas rellenas filled with shredded beef

Local Cuisine

Cartagena proudly serves some of the best seafood in the country. Caribbean and Latin American flavors blend in dishes like ceviche, arepas rellenas (corn pancakes filled with meat) and pandebono (cheese bread). Don't miss Mila Pasteleria and Gelateria Paradiso for local sweets like coconut cake layered with dulce de leche and gelato made with mamey, a local fruit with a creamy texture and sweet pumpkin-like flavor.
Cartagena, Colombia, Traditional hats for sale
Traditional hats for sale in Cartagena, Colombia


Walk to Casa Chiqui, This is Cartagena or Abaco Libreria and Cafe for local books, crafts and coffee. Cruise to Cartagena and stroll the Mercado for trinkets like traditional Colombian hats. If you're looking for jewelry, Cartagena is one of the world's largest producers of emeralds. Go to Lucy Jewelry to find your very own precious stone.

Day 3: Panama Canal, Panama

Day 3
Panama Canal
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Panama Canal, Second Lock Entrance Pacific Ocean
The second lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean
Things to do in
Panama Canal
Sightseeing from 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
A voyage through the Panama Canal is filled with views of lush terrain and calm waters. This marvelous achievement of modernity is best witnessed from the bow of the ship, where you'll see the revolutionary mechanism of the canal at work when it elevates the vessel up 85 feet. The ship reaches the canal's higher elevation and is able to sail swiftly through its tranquil waters. As you make your way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans with your Panama Canal cruise, you'll pass by Soberania National Park, a lush region of protected rainforest — you may even spot one of the many species of rare birds that inhabit the forest.
Panama Canal, First Lock
The first lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean with a view from a ship

Get Swept Up

The man-made system of locks are where the Panama Canal works its magic by lifting passing ships up to the canal's main elevation, then letting them down again. You'll see three lock systems as you make your way through the canal: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun.
Insider tip
Record the Panama Canal crossing during the ship's elevation, an unforgettable experience to keep for years to come.
Panama Canal, Yellow Black Bird
A yellow-backed bird found in the Soberania National Park that can be seen from the Panama Canal

Exotic Views

From the ship, you'll get great views of Soberania National Park, a 55,000-acre area of protected rainforest that's home countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles. See if you can catch a glimpse of an orange-chinned parakeet or a white-faced capuchin monkey.
Panama Canal, Monkeys Lake Gatun
Caupchin monkeys on Monkey Island in Lake Gatun on the Panama Canal

Lake Gatun

Be sure to look for the islands that surround Lake Gatun during your Panama Canal cruise. See the lush forests and colorful birds, and get to know the impressive body of water itself — at the time it was created, it was the largest man-made lake in the world.

Day 4: Cruising

Day 4
At Sea
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Adventure Ocean Boy Playing inside Tunnel
Adventure Ocean Boy Playing inside Tunnel
Young Woman Climbing
Young Woman Climbing Up the Rock Wall

Rock Climbing Wall

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.
Solarium at Sunset
Sunset at the Solarium Pool


Slip away to this adults-only indoor and outdoor retreat. The Solarium is your slice of paradise, with soothing whirlpools, warm sunshine and a refreshing water mist.
Boardwalk Arcade Skee Ball
Close-Up the Skee Ball on the Boardwalk Arcade


Blips, bleeps, clangs and cheers. Play to win in a classic arcade atmosphere with timeless games, plus the latest at the Royal Caribban Arcade.
Whirlpool at Night
Beautiful Night on the Pool Deck


It’s easy to let every thought melt away while relaxing in a whirlpool, especially when you’re soaking up ocean views, too.

Day 5: Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Day 5
Costa Rica
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Puntarenas, Costa Rica Beach
Beach on Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Things to do in
From 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Situated on the long Nicoya Peninsula, Puntarenas is a great jumping-off point for the eco-adventures that have made Costa Rica famous. Trek lush rainforests in San Luis Park. Discover tropical flora and fauna in Pos Volcano National Park, and shower under Costa Rica's tallest waterfall at Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. Looking for oceanside adventure? Take the short drive from Puntarenas to the Nicoya Peninsula, where there's a wide array of beaches — relax on family-friendly Playa Guiones, or check out dramatic Playa Ostional, with its volcanic black sands and vibrant sea turtle population. Puntarenas cruises give you access to Playa Tamarindo, where you can find some of the best surf and food in the country.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica Suspension Bridge
Suspension bridge in a rainforest in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

High in the Clouds

Walk across four suspended bridges and along the treetops and the forest fog of San Luis Park. A local guide will take you through the dense tropical jungle and into a hummingbird garden to witness the beautiful birds as they fly rapidly among the trees.
Insider tip
Take a historic train or a river cruise and witness the lesser-known side of Costa Rica's wildlife.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica Coffee Beans
Bag of coffee beans from Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Coffee Culture

Tour the 640-acre Arabica coffee plantation of Espiritu Santo in the charming mountain town of Naranjo. Learn how beans are prepared for roasting while sipping on the delicious brew. The coffee produced here lands in Starbucks stores across the globe.
Insider tip
Save a few dollars on food and pop into a soda, a small local eatery, for an authentic casado plate.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica Traditional Ox Cart
Traditional decorated ox cart in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Folkloric Allure

After the coffee sampling, head to the nearby artisan town of Sarchi, famous for its arts and crafts and for making the colorful oxcarts, famous folkloric carriages and symbols of Costa Rican culture. Wooden rocking chairs and painted ceramics are also available and locally made.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica Gallo Pinto
Ethnic tropical cuisine, gallo pinto with rice and beans in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Local Cuisine

Fill up for the day with a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of gallo pinto, a hearty combo of rice beans flavored with spices, cilantro and onions. Later on, order up casado, a plate-style combo of rice, beans, tortillas, fried plaintains and your protein of choice — celebrate the ocean and opt for grilled fish. During your Puntarenas cruise, stop by a street vendor for a tamal, the Costa Rican classic of cornmeal and garlic wrapped in a banana leaf.
Puntarenas, Costa Rica Colorful Batiks
Colorful souvenir batiks in Puntarenas, Costa Rica


For close-by shopping options, head straight to Paseo de los Turistas, a promenade with many craft shops selling everything from locally grown coffee to leather goods. If driving is not an issue, head to the village of Sarchi and pick your favorite oxcart as a souvenir. Cruise to Costa Rica to stop by a beachside vendor and pick up a batik, a colorful dyed cloth traditional to the area.

Day 6: Quepos, Costa Rica

Day 6
Costa Rica
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Monkey in the tree in the Jungle, Costa Rica
Monkey in the tree in the Jungle, Costa Rica
Things to do in
Tendered from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
A small fishing town in Costa Rica, Quepos is a tropical inlet where the rainforest meets the Pacific Ocean. When you cruise to Quepos, you’ll have a front row seat to stunning scenic views and tons of wildlife. This coastal town is home to the Manuel Antonio National Park — one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world, and Costa Rica’s most popular national park. Topping the list of things to do is hiking through the rainforest where you’ll encounter numerous species, including sloths and squirrel monkeys. If you’d rather soak up carefree pura vida vibes, head to Playa Espadilla boasting sugary white sands, calm waters and green foliage. And if you’re up for a serious high-adrenaline adventure, one of the best things do in Quepos is white-water rafting in the Savegre River.
Marina Pez Villa in Quepos on Costa Rica
Marina Pez Villa in Quepos on Costa Rica


Whether you love sportfishing or just want to know what the hype is all about, you’re in luck. Quepos is one of the top sportfishing places in the world. Book a fishing charter with one of the many knowledgeable captains in town and set out for an adventure to catch marlin, tuna, grouper and more!
Insider tip
Get to Manuel Antonio National Park early to increase your chances of spotting sloths, iguanas, an array of tropical birds, and squirrel monkeys.
Sloth in Quepos, Costa Rica
Sloth in Quepos, Costa Rica


Visit the Sloth Institute located in the Manuel Antonio National Park to learn fun facts about these adorable animals. The non-profit institute helps heal and release sloths back into the wild. You can also schedule a guided nature walk to see them in their natural environment.
Insider tip
Be sure to explore the village center in Quepos. Its streets are lined with art galleries, bakeries, restaurants, bars and hotels.
Waterfall in Costa Rican jungle
Waterfall in Costa Rican jungle


For the ultimate nature wow-factor, head to Nauyaca Waterfall. This hidden gem is located just south of Quepos in the town of Dominical. Access the falls by hiking through the rainforest or take a guided horseback ride. Once you arrive, cool off with a rewarding swim in its stunning natural pool.
Insider tip
If you travel mid-April through the end of July, expect hot sunny days and afternoon thunderstorms that last a few hours.
Costa rican typical food called "Casado de Res"
Costa rican typical food called "Casado de Res"


If you’re looking for authentic grub, head to a nearby soda, a small family-owned restaurant serving local fare. Try the Casado, which translates to “married man”. This flavorful, traditional dish weds stewed beef or pork, beans, salad, plantains and a fried egg.
Street Market Puerto Limon Costa Rica
Street Market Puerto Limon Costa Rica


To shop where the locals do, visit the Ferias del Agricultor (Farmers Fair) open on Friday evening and all-day Saturday. You’ll be treated to a sensory banquet of vibrant and aromatic fruits and vegetables, handmade cheeses, fresh caught fish and colorful crafts.

Day 7: Cruising

Day 7
At Sea
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Park Cafe A Woman Holding a Sandwich
A Woman Holding a Sandwich at Park Cafe on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship
Izumi Appetizer
Izumi Appetizer


From delicious sushi rolls to fresh sashimi and nigiri, Izumi serves up an exotic Asian-inspired dining experience. Savor izakaya-style appetizers and rolls that range from classic to imaginative. No matter what you order, you’re in for a far out, Far East feast filled with incredible flavors from Tohoku to Tokyo.
Main Dining Room Mozzarella Salad
A mozzarella salad at the Main Dining Room

Main Dining Room

In the Main Dining Room, you can experience flavors that take you from Jamaica to Jaipur, a rotating menu of delicious dishes always offering something unexpected. A multi-level restaurant that in the morning is the perfect spot to enjoy a hearty brunch paired with refreshing mimosas, at dinnertime transforms into a world class dining experience with a menu that invites you to taste your way around the world course by course.
Chef's Table Dessert
A dessert at Chef's Table on Royal Caribbean cruises

Chef's Table

Welcome to Chef’s Table, the most exclusive and elevated dining experience on our fleet. Join an intimate group of fellow foodies on a private epicurean journey led by the ship’s Chef de Cuisine. You’ll sit down to a white tablecloth dinner spotlighting five exquisite courses that range from scallop carpaccio with yuzu vinaigrette, to grilled filet mignon served with truffle potato puree — each expertly paired with the perfect wine to highlight every flavor on the menu.
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee
Cafe Promenade Croissant and Coffee Close Up

Café Latte-tudes

When you find yourself craving a steaming hot cuppa, Café Latte-tudes has just what you need. From a nice breakfast blend to get you going to an after-dinner cappuccino or macchiato, you’ll find all your favorite sweets and specialty coffee beverages at this cozy cafe.

Day 8: Panama City, Panama

Day 8
Panama City
Fuerte Amador, Panama
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Panama City, Panama, Aerial View
An aerial view of the coast of Panama City, Panama
Things to do in
Panama City
Arrives at 7:00 AM
Panama City is the spirited capital of Panama, a center of business and culture and a doorway to the Panama Canal, one of the world's most famous man-made marvels. If you're looking for colonial charm and great food during your cruise to Panama City, head to Casco Viejo, the hippest and most lively part of Panama City and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For an edgy feel of the city, stroll amongst the skyscrapers that house cool small hotels, chic bars and some of the best shopping areas in Panama. Don't leave Panama without experiencing the wonders of the Teatro Nacional, the BioMuseo (a biodiversity museum) and Plaza de Francia, home to famous landmarks and amazing sights.
Panama City, Panama, Historic Buildings
Historic buildings in Casco Viejo, Panama City

The SoHo of South America

Take a step back in time in Casco Viejo, the historic side of Panama City, where you can bask in the sweeping vistas of the city's skyscrapers while exploring ancient churches like Iglesia de Santo Domingo, grab a bite from the sea at El Mercado de Mariscos or take a stroll in a leafy plaza like Plaza Herrera.
Panama City, Panama, National Theater Entrance
The entrance to the National Theater of Panama

It's Showtime

Found by the waterfront promenade, the lavish and ornate Teatro Nacional features burgundy carpeting, a gold facade and brass fixtures, as well as a mural by local artist Roberto Lewis. Sit in one of the many gilded balconies under an exquisite crystal chandelier and enjoy a world-class performance during your vacation.
Panama City, Panama, Parque Natural Metropolitano
Lush vegetation at Parque Natural Metropolitano in Panama City, Panama

Your City Oasis Awaits

Head to the middle of the city to explore Parque Natural Metropolitano, a jungle oasis with hiking trails, expansive views, and roaming mammals and reptiles. Cruise to Panama City to trek the Titi Monkey Trail to catch a breathtaking view of the city and the canal from a 150-meter-high lookout. You may even be able to spot titi monkeys, sloths, deer, iguanas and tortoises along the way.
Panama City, Panama, Sancocho Soup
A bowl of traditional Sancocho soup in Panama


Panamanian food is best enjoyed in a typical fonda, the small and affordable diners found all over the city. Feast on a bowl of sancocho (meat and vegetable stew), patacones (plantain patties) or arroz con gandules (pigeon pea rice) to taste what makes Panama City so special.
Panama City, Panama, Embera Baskets
An assortment of embera baskets in Panama


You can shop just about anywhere when you visit Panama City, but you'll find the best specialty stores in Casco Viejo. With your Panama City cruise, head to El Farol for a wide range of traditional Panama hats, to Reprosa for local art and jewelry, or to La Ronda for Embera baskets made in the Darien forest.