Guests on the Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions will get the chance to be among the first to visit the new Panama Canal and Frank Gehry-designed BioMuseo (Museum of Biodiversity) in Panama this November and December.
The 62 guests aboard the 8-day Costa Rica and The Panama Canal expeditions on the National Geographic Sea Lion will receive complimentary pre- or post-Panama extension trips to the Biomuseo, which will have a “soft opening” in October before its official launch in 2014.
Designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry in consultation with scientists at the nearby Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the museum’s exhibits cover 43,000 square feet in eight display galleries.
Also included is a trip to the newly completed Observation Center at the Panama Canal’s expanded third lock, which is still under construction.
This is an unprecedented opportunity to view the construction of a major canal system that is destined to alter the global shipping world when it opens in 2015.
The cruise itself offers snorkeling on a Pacific reef, hiking into a virgin rain forest, and visiting an island research station run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
Lindblad Expeditions is offering free roundtrip air from Miami on all new Costa Rica & Panama bookings made by August 31, 2013, subject to availability.