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February 1: Panama & the Islands

12 Days, 11 Nights | Price Starting at $4,999.00

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Sail for Panama and it's incredible islands from February 1 - February 12, 2019 on the journey of a lifetime.

Like its famed canal, Panama itself is a fascinating mosaic of colors, textures and humanity’s invincible will to co-exist with the environment. BSSA takes special pride in showing travelers Panama through the intimate perspective of a small vessel. With their profusion of coconut palms, white sand beaches, unexplored coral reefs, and luxuriant jungle spreading to the water's edge, the San Blas islands are just one example of the special moments that await on this unique small ship cruise.

Panama has been a popular cruising destination for years due to the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and its designation as one of the most diverse, natural ecotourism destinations in the world. With Blount, you will visit the "Whole Panama," transiting the full length of the canal and experiencing both the Caribbean and Pacific sides of this remarkable country. Experience a fascinating mosaic of colors, textures and communities living in harmony with nature. In this area of the world, time seems to stand still as we introduce our guests personally to native cultures that most will only read about. A jungle river leads us in hand-carved ‘cayuga’ canoes to the home of the Choco Indians where we are greeted with warm hospitality by people still living in harmony with nature as in the days of Christopher Columbus. This spectacular trip is like visiting old friends, and is one BSSA's’s most exotic experiences.

Your Onboard Naturalist

Luz Hunter

Hunter has been exploring the wilds of Belize most of her life. Her youthful awareness of respect for wildlife and the importance of the sustainable use for the marine environment led her to a career in the tourism industry. Over the last three decades, Luz has earned the respect of both local and international university professors and industry regulators who rely on her encyclopedic knowledge of the local flora and fauna to educate students as well as fellow Belizeans working towards tour guides licenses. Hunter is also a tireless advocate for turtles and manatees, often dedicating much of her personal time and resources to clean-up initiatives on nesting beaches and fearlessly calling out speeding boats for their role in an increasing number of manatee deaths.


Ports Visited

Waterways Navigated


The Bristol Panama

Panama City

The Bristol Panama

Your journey begins at the Bristol Panama hotel. A complimentary shuttle will pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the hotel where you will be greeted by BSSA staff. Enjoy your one night stay in luxurious 4-star accommodations, one dinner and breakfast included.

Colon, Panama

This morning you will board a motor coach with BSSA crew and fellow passengers, enjoying a scenic ride to the vessel in Colon, Panama. You'll be greeted by a hearty lunch buffet. While the city named for Christopher Columbus has seen it's hardships, today it's a lovely vacation destination for those interested in cultural shops, restaurants and extensive history. 

Carti Village, San Blas Islands

Spend the night in Carti Village, a thriving central village located on one of the 49 major islands of the San Blas. Meet the local Kuna people and support the locals by perusing their for-purchase crafts. Explore the village and witness the inner workings of this fascinating tribal society.

Lemon Cay, San Blas Islands

Lemon Cay is part of the stunning San Blas Islands. This island oasis is the perfect destination for swimming and snorkeling. Wake up and enjoy your morning on the top deck of our vessel where you may sip coffee or sunbathe.

Waisaladup Cay, San Blas Islands

Bear witness to our patented bow ramp at work. At Waisaladup Cay, walk from ship to shore where you can relax on the beach as you look out over the San Blas Islands. Spend the night here before cruising to explore more of Panama. 

Chichime Cay, San Blas Islands

White sand beaches and unexplored coral reefs await. Watch for falling coconuts as you mosey around the unspoiled land. Today, you'll enjoy and authentic beach barbecue with your fellow passengers.  

Portobelo, Panama

Explore Portobelo, an UNESCO World Heritage Site that works to preserve Panama’s unique culture. One of the great treasure ports of the Spanish Main, Portobelo is known for its quiet charm and deep natural harbor. This is a popular sailing destination along the Isthmus of Panama and your last stop before transiting the famed Panama Canal.

Panama Canal

Open since 1914, experience one of the most important waterways in the world.This 48-mile waterway connects two of the world’s great oceans, the Pacific and the Atlantic. In 2016 a second Panama Canal was opened to accommodate the unprecedented amount of traffic needing to travel the canal each year. Experience the "Whole Panama" first hand as you transit aboard the Grande Mariner through this engineering marvel.

*Daytime Panama Canal transit is not guaranteed.

Isla Taboga

On the other side of the Panama Canal, Isla Taboga anticipates your arrival. Nestled in the warm, tropical waters of the Bay of Panama, stroll along the flower-lined paths, for which the island was named. This humble town boasts pristine nature trails and a variety of wildlife.

Isla Mogo Mogo

Part of the Pearl Islands Archipelago, this uninhabited island is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. View the colorful marine life and coral reefs with our onboard naturalist or relax in the sun along the shores of this secluded island.

Punta Garachine & the Darien Jungle

Unspoiled Panama at it's finest, this undeveloped jungle is known as the Darien Gap. Take a skiff ride up the Rio Sambu River into the abundant forest. Make a stop along the river bank and take a short hike on a jungle trail to meet the indigenous Embera people at one of their village gathering places.

Isla Contadora

The gem of the Pearl Islands Archipelago, this island destination is replete with pristine beaches and turquoise waters. The island interior is made up of a lush rain forest that lends itself to the diverse wildlife that lives there.

Panama City, Panama

Panama's commercial center since 1671, when gold and silver were transmitted to Spain through the Isthmus of Panama. You will have the opportunity to tour this famed city before disembarking on February 12. Be sure not to miss out on the many historic sites that make up this invincible city. 


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Category III Singles
Port Charges
  • Departure date includes one night in a Panama City hotel with dinner, breakfast and bus transfer to or from Colon.
  • Transfers to and from Tocumen International Airport are organized by BSSA and included in the cruise fare. 
  • Optional sighting tours are at an additional cost. All itineraries including ports, activities and routes are subject to change based on availability, weather, river, water levels and sea conditions.

Departure Dates

Embark: Panama City, Panama
Feb 01, 2019
Disembark: Panama City, Panama
Feb 12, 2019

Other Panama Itineraries:

February 15 - February 26 View Itinerary

March 1 - March 12 View Itinerary

The Grande Mariner

Your small ship adventure is a personal and casual one- like cruising on a friend’s yacht.

Hover over the cabin to view the room layout

Deck Plans

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Category IV Cabin

Cabin Bathroom

Includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair dryer, fresh towels daily


The Grande Caribe sails through the Panama Canal
Pristine beaches of the San Blas Islands
Historic Spanish forts in Portobelo
Black headed spider monkey
Panama Toucan

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