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March 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 March 1 - March 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.


Panama City, Panama

(Optional) Onboard Early Arrival

Panama City, Panama

Arrive in Panama one day early and spend the night aboard our ship! Dinner will be served that night and breakfast will be served the next day. Allow your Cruise Director to recommend some sights to see before your trip even begins! $150.00 per person

Panama City, Panama

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Panama's commercial center since 1671, when gold and silver were transmitted to Spain through the Isthmus of Panama. Be sure not to miss out on the many historic sites that dot this invincible city.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Panama City Tour

You will have the chance to tour Panama City, the capital of Panama, during its historic 500th year! Founded in 1519, Panama City was the first European controlled city on the Pacific coast of the Americas. Its strategic location has kept the city on the forefront of global exploration and is now crucial to the global economy. On this tour you will learn about the Spanish Empire that founded the city, have an opportunity to visit Panama la
Vieja (Old Panama), the original city that was looted and destroyed by the infamous Captain Henry Morgan, as well as see how being the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal has helped Panama City to flourish into the beautiful city it is today.

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.

Punta Garachine & the Darien Jungle

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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.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Jungle Village Tour
Explore the Darién Gap with our onboard naturalist. Your tour beings in Punta Garachine, where you will board a piragua (dugout canoe) and be whisked into the jungle. You will travel up the Sambu River to the La Chunga village, where you will have the opportunity to meet with the Embera people, who call the Darién home. This is an experience of a lifetime, giving you the chance to get up close to the natural beauty of the jungle. As the natural barrier between South America and North/Central America, the Darién is full of amazing wildlife and fauna. As the only break in the Pan-American Highway, this is one of the last places on Earth truly untouched by man.

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.

Isla Taboga

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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.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Island Town Tour
An island filled with history and beauty, Isla Taboga is located just south of Panama City. First discovered in the early 16th century, the island was originally name Isla de San Pedro. Its current name derives from the Indian word for many fish, aboga. The small town of San Pedro was founded in 1524 by Hernando de Luque, dean of the Panama cathedral. San Pedro Church, located in the town, claims to be the second-oldest church in the Western hemisphere. Isla Taboga is also believed to be the birthplace of Rose of Lima, the first Catholic saint of the Americas.

Balboa, Panama

Formally part of the Canal Zone, Balboa is now a thriving community. Those who visit Balboa must see the scenic overlook of Ancon Hill with views of a set of locks along the Panama Canal. Also, take advantage of local shops and restaurants for a truly authentic experience.

Panama Canal

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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.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Agua Clara Locks

Located on the Atlantic side of Panama, near Colon City, the Agua Clara Visitor Center is a place where the Panama Canal has made it clear that both its legacy and its grandeur will continue to bear fruit for the world. With an unparalleled view, this place is waiting for you and all those who want to enjoy a pleasant experience enriched with interesting facts, but especially by being part of the history of the route that unites the world. The center offers a breathtaking panoramic view that contrasts two scenarios that generate mixed feelings. On one side you will find the famous Gatun Lake, where cargo ships or other vessels transit every day, while on the other side, but from a different perspective, you will be amazed by the view of the expansion works. Beyond its surprising technology or colossal machinery, you will be astonished by the work of thousands of people, who with discipline and determination head towards the same goal to make Panama stronger and Panamá worthy of admiration.

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, 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

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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.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.

Historic Forts of Portobelo

Explore the history and culture of Portobelo with our onboard guide. Explore Fuerte San Jeronimo, Fuerte Santiago El Viejo, and the Royal Customs House of Portobelo, key fortifications for the Spanish Empire transshipments of plundered gold and silver from Incan mines. Founded in 1597, Portobelo’s importance grew with access to a stone paved road to Panama City, which was founded in 1519 and was the first European city founded on the Pacific Coast of the Americas. As Portobelo’s importance grew, so did her fortifications, with an additional 10 different forts built on the hills behind Portobelo, making it the “most heavily fortified Spanish coastal control point in the Americas”.

Colon, Panama

A bus full of your fellow passengers will take you from our vessel in Colon, Panama to a night at the Bristol Panama hotel. 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.
The Bristol Panama

Panama City

The Bristol Panama

Your journey concludes at the Bristol Panama hotel. A complimentary shuttle will pick guide you to the end of your journey in Panama.  Enjoy your one night stay at this luxurious 4-star hotel where meals will be included! Take some time to explore the pool and spa during your stay.

Pricing Per Person

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Category IV
Category III Singles
Port Charges
  • 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
Mar 01, 2019
Disembark: Panama City, Panama
Mar 12, 2019

Other Panama Itineraries:

February 1 - February 12 View Itinerary

February 15 - February 29 View Itinerary


The Grande Mariner

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

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


The Grande Caribe sails through the Panama Canal
Black headed spider monkey
Pristine beaches of the San Blas Islands

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