Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

Frequently Asked Questions

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Planning Your Trip

  • What ship travels to Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia?
  • When do you offer Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia expeditions?
  • Can I bring my children or grandchildren?
  • What are the requirements of children under age 18 traveling with one parent/or legal guardian?
  • Do I need any vaccinations?
  • Is a medical form necessary?
  • Do I need a valid passport?
  • Is a visa necessary?
  • What is the outside temperature?
  • What is included in my expedition cost?
  • What is the time difference on this voyage?
  • Are airport transfers included?
  • Will I be charged any departure tax at the airport?
  • Is it possible to arrange hotel reservations for extra nights through you?
  • Are extension programs offered?

Packing And Preparation

  • What kind of clothes do I need?
  • What footwear is a necessity in Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia?
  • Will I need Dramamine or seasickness patches?
  • Will I need any local currency?
  • How much cash per person should we bring?

Life Aboard

  • What are the National Geographic Quest’s amenities?
  • What are the cabin amenities?
  • What is the food like aboard National Geographic Quest?
  • Are snacks available during the day and in between meals?
  • Is alcohol available on the ship?
  • Do I need to dress up for dinner?
  • Is there a gym or fitness center on board?
  • Does the ship have a pool?
  • Is there a spa on board and what treatments are offered?
  • When does the ship travel from location to location?
  • Can I visit the ship’s Bridge?
  • Can my family and friends contact me in case of emergency at home?
  • Will I be able to access the internet while on board?
  • Is there a medical professional on board?
  • How will I pay my bill for personal items on board?
  • Are gratuities included?
  • What is Recap?


  • How will I explore Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia?
  • You often refer to the value of flexible schedules. What does this mean to me?
  • Is this expedition physically challenging? Will I be able to walk unassisted, or is the terrain difficult?
  • Are there short and long hikes?
  • Would hiking sticks be helpful or just get in the way? Are they even permitted?
  • How often will snorkeling will be offered?
  • What is a wet landing?
  • Will there be kayaking opportunities?
  • What kinds of photography assistance and learning opportunities do you offer?
  • What is a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor?
  • What activities are included/or can be done on our own while on the voyage?
  • How do we get to shore from the ship?
  • What can you tell me about the expedition staff on board?
  • Will there be talks or presentations on board?
  • Is English spoken on board?