Panama Exploration Cruise

7 day Panama Canal Exploration Cruise

 

 

Passenger numbers on the Discovery are limited to just 24, ensuring everyone can enjoy serenity and privacy together with the excitement and closeness of a true exploration cruise. 

The Discovery is a 33 meter, purpose built catamaran providing 8 queen and 4 twin cabins. All cabins have individual climate control, bathrooms and huge windows which extend along the length of the cabin allowing you to enjoy the scenery in complete privacy.

The dining area, bar and lounge are located on the mid deck which is fitted with floor to ceiling “glass walls” providing a spectacular dining experience and plenty of space to unwind. A BBQ and sun deck are located on the topmost observation deck.

The Discovery is equipped with a unique platform that lowers kayakers gently into the water and also retrieves them in perfect safety and comfort.

Freighter cruise to Pitcairn island

Itinerary - 7 days (Journey is reversible)

Day 1 - Sail the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean towards Contadora, where the Discovery will stay the first night before navigating to the Darien Jungle. Take this opportunity to meet your expedition leaders, the crew and your fellow travelers while you savor our tempting native cuisine. (D)

Day 2 - Step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years to a place that not many have had the privilege of experiencing. More than an excursion, this is a journey into the lives of the Embera Indians. Keep your eyes open along the way as the region offers abundant wildlife that is particularly active along the rivers edge. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Snorkel and swim on the waters of the Pearl Islands. The archipelago owes its name to the abundance of Pearl Oysters which supported a substantial fishery in the early 1900`s. Kayak along beautiful and unspoiled beaches and view the remains of the submarine Explorer built in 1865 during the Civil War and which sunk off the coast of San Telmo during the oyster fishery of the late 1800´s. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Wake up at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal and join the morning’s ship convoy for our northbound canal passage traversing Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. You will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience up close the history and operation of this engineering marvel. Spend the night in Gatun Lake on Panama Canal waters. (B,L,D)

Day 5 -  Explore Gatun Lake and kayak in Panama Canal waters. Your expedition leader will take you on board small crafts past lush rainforests to secluded areas of the lake to witness first-hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that you could see in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds and scents that make up this beautiful, tropical jungle will engulf you. Cameras are a must as this is considered the world’s premier location for viewing monkeys and other animals in the wild. The Discovery will exit the Panama Canal in the afternoon on its way to the mouth of the Chagres River. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Experience the magnificent Chagres River, the center piece of the colonial inter-oceanic route and is now the lifeline of the Panama Canal full of wildlife and tropical jungle. Explore Fort San Lorenzo which is located on a cliff at the mouth of the Chagres on the Atlantic side where your leader will offer details of the immense amount of history found on this area.Later that evening, the Discovery will reposition to Colon, where it will spend the night before disembarking the next day. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Wake up to a farewell breakfast before you disembark the Discovery. Travel by motor coach to Portobelo and enjoy this town located on Caribbean waters which was founded by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage to the new continent in 1502. Later in the afternoon, board the Panama Canal Railway train back to Panama City. This one hour railroad trip will allow you to traverse the picturesque trans-isthmian route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. (B,L)

Includes 

  • Transfers of passengers to and from the ship.
  • Transportation, shore excursions, and the use of equipment.
  • All meals and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) onboard the ship.
  • Taxes and port charges

 

Tariff 
From AU$5,215 per person

 
EnquireTo Book or Enquire

Call: 02 8270 4899

We recommend booking 3 - 6 months in advance to ensure you secure the dates you desire.
Ports of Call

Panama city
San Telmo
Panama Canal (Gatun Lake)
Colon

 
Requirements
Passengers must be in possession of a valid passport with at least 6 months validity.
Cancellation

Cancellation by the passenger for any reason is subject to the following cancellation charges (subject to shipping company):


90 to 61 days prior to departure - 25% of the fare
60 to 31 days prior to departure - 50% of the fare
30 to 01 days prior to departure - 100% of the fare
No refund is available when cancellation advice is received on the day of departure or once the voyage has commenced. No refund is paid for early disembarkation.

You must have comprehensive Travel Insurance which will include cancellation cover due to medical, family crisis and other substantial reasons not to travel.