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PANAMA – THE CANAL AND THE ISLANDS

from $5,549

DATES 2019: FEB 01-12; *FEB 15-26; *MAR 01 -12

DURATION: 12 Days/11 Nights

EMBARK: PANAMA CITY

DISEMBARK: PANAMA CITY

SHIP: Grande Mariner

FROM – $5,549 (Double)
Port charges are included.

* Feb 15 & Mar 1 departures offer optional Early Arrival Package – $150

 

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All about the PANAMA – THE CANAL AND THE ISLANDS.

Transit the full length of the Panama Canal when you visit colonial Panama on a Blount ship. Get closer as we drop our glass-bottom boat into the water so you can view the marine wonders of the Pearl and San Blas (aka Guna Yala) Islands. Stroll through this country’s fascinating history when taking an incredible walking tour through the old Spanish forts at Portobelo. Search out the pelican colony on Taboga and watch herons nesting along the jungle rivers. Swim and snorkel, in crystal clear waters where colorful coral and a variety of reef fish can be observed.

Like its famed canal, Panama itself is a fascinating mosaic of colors, textures and humanity’s invincible will to co-exist with the environment. We take 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. 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 of th most exotic experiences.

NOTE – Each of the three departures varies slightly in the order of features – but all are included in each. The Feb 15 departure transits the Canal twice. Arrive a day early to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Cruise aboard the Grande Mariner, with only 88 passengers.
  • Complete program of optional tours and excursions (An additional fee may apply)
  • Welcome and farewell receptions aboard ship.
  • All meals aboard ship, including house wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner.
  • BYOB , Bring your own selection of beverages; mixers and ice is provided
  • Enrichment program of lectures and discussions by accompanying study leader.
  • Professional tour staff.
  • Complete pre-departure materials.
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare;
  • transfers;
  • luggage and trip cancellation insurance;
  • meals, soft drinks, and alcoholic beverages other than those specified above;
  • personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, faxes, gratuities and Internet service.
  1. Day 1 Panama City, Panama

    Feb 01 – 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 Blount staff. Dinner and Breakfast included.

    Feb 15 & Mar 01 – 

    (Optional) Onboard Early Arrival

    Panama City, Panama

    Arrive for your cruise one day early  in Panama City. A chef-prepared dinner will be served on board as well as breakfast the following morning. Allow your Cruise Director to recommend some sights to see before your trip before the ship departs from Panama City. $150.00 per person.
  2. Day 2 Depart Panama City

    Feb 01 – This morning you will board a motor coach with Blount 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.

    Feb 15 & Mar 01 – Sail either into the Canal or to nearby islands in the Gulf of Panama.

  3. Day 3 Carti Village - San Blas - Guna Yala - Islands

    Spend the night in Carti Village, a thriving central village located on one of the 49 major islands of the San Blas (Guna Yala). 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.

     

  4. Day 4 Lemon Cay - San Blas - Guna Yala - 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.

  5. Day 5 Waisaladup Cay

    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.

  6. Day 6 Chichime Cay

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

  7. Day 7 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.

  8. Day 8 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.

  9. Day 9 Isla Taboga, Panama

    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

  10. Day 10 Isla Mogo Mogo, Panama

    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.

  11. Day 11 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.

  12. Day 12 Panama City - Disembark

    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.

Grande Mariner & Grande Caribe

    

 

Blount Small Ship experience is truly about creating an unscripted journey to places others can’t reach. We wrap new friendships with a value unsurpassed in small ship cruising. Being a family run business for more than 50 years, we welcome all of our passengers as members of our own extended travel family. This means our onboard and onshore activities are always entertaining – full of humor, learning, and designed to create the bond of memories only achievable through one-of-a-kind shared experiences.

The size of our ships affords numerous and tangible benefits. As we carry a maximum of 88 passengers, you will never stand in lines, never be lost in the crowds, and best of all, you step directly off our ships and right into the destination. We pride ourselves on creating insider experiences by educating our passengers through lectures and talks from noted experts and with spirited tales from our knowledgeable and friendly crew.

Due to the intimate nature of the Grande Mariner, your experience will be an exclusive and personal one. You’re never a number, you are our cherished guest, experiencing our unique form of hospitality and sailing amongst friends. One of the highlights of any adventure is gathering in the lounge or for a meal with friends both new and old and sharing the day’s adventures. Life onboard is extremely social as you are among like-minded adventurers who appreciate taking the road less traveled. A special bond soon develops through shared experiences and tales, one that stays with you in cherished memories long after your Blount adventure ends.

The unique size and design of our ships, with their bow ramps, retractable pilot houses, and shallow draft, allows them to take you to places other ships cannot. Imagine cruising up the Rio Dulce, off-limits to larger vessels, venturing deep into the lush jungles and rain forests past thundering waterfalls and through imposing, cavernous gorges. Marvel as your skilled Captain gently brings you right onto the beach in the Bahamian Out Islands where you easily and safely step right off the ship via our ingenious bow ramp. You’ll watch with amazement as the pilot house retracts to the deck level, affording our ships the enviable distinction of being the only cruise ships to traverse the historic Erie Canal which is a monument to ingenious American engineering.

WHAT SETS BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURES APART?

• Exclusive Signature Series Adventures Provide Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences
• Charming And Friendly All-American Crew
• Open-Seating Dining
• Beer And Wine Included At Lunch And Dinner
• “BYOB” Bar Policy
• Unique Ship Design – Bow Ramp, Retractable Pilot House And Shallow Draft
• Stair Lifts Provide Ease Of Access Onboard
• Glass Bottom Boat – Provides A Diver’s-Eye View Without Getting Wet!
• Insightful Guest Lecturers And Destination Experts
• Photography Workshops
• Bike And Kayak Rental
• Spectacular Fall Foliage
• Snorkeling Adventures in the tropics