On tap: Holiday departures

MIAMI -- Temptress Adventure Cruises will ring in the holidays with two Panama Canal sailings.

The Christmas itinerary departs Dec. 20, and the New Year's trip departs Dec. 27.

The seven-night Christmas cruise calls at Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica, and in Panama at Coiba Island, Islas Perlas, San Blas Islands, Hollandaise Cayes and Colon.

At Corcovado National Park, guests can go bird-watching, kayaking, swimming or snorkeling.

Temptress is offering Panama Canal sailings aboard the Explorer for the holiday season. During the transit of the Panama Canal, a narrator will talk about the history, culture and politics of the canal.

The New Year's voyage departs Colon and stops at the San Blas Islands, Hollandaise Cayes and Islas Perlas as well as Portobelo, Darien and Balboa, Panama.

In Portobelo, options include a walking tour of the village, diving or swimming.

A trip to Portobelo National Park, a Spanish fort, is planned for the afternoon.

During the Darien port call, passengers will board Zodiacs or traditional boats and sail up the Sambu River for bird-watching.

Also on tap is a visit to a local Indian tribe.

For the Christmas sailing, the cruise-only rate starts at $1,195 per person, double, for category one accommodations.

For suite accommodations, the price starts at $2,995 per person, double.

The cruise-only rate for the New Year's sailing starts at $2,195 per person, double.

For suite accommodations, the price starts at $3,195.

Rates cover meals, drinks, shore excursions and port taxes.

The line also issued its brochure for winter season sailings.

For more information, call (800) 336-8423.

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