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Transit the full length of the Panama Canal when you visit colonial Panama in a way that large groups cannot. When you sail into Panama on a Blount ship, you tread lightly. Get closer as we drop our glass-bottom boat into the water so you can view the marine wonders of the Pearl Islands. Stroll through this country’s fascinating history when taking an incredible walking tour through the ram-parts of old Spanish forts at Portobelo. Discover your inner naturalist, as we 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. In 2019, we invite you to join us on this unique journey.


February 15 - February 26
March 1 - March 12

12 Days, 11 Nights | Price Starting at $4,999 USD
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2019 PRICING (per person USD)
Category I: $4,999
Category II: $5,999
Category III: $6,879
Category IV: $7,429
Category III: Singles $8,499
Port Charges: $550

Sail in Panama and it's incredible islands
with an onboard naturalist in 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.

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12 Days: Panama Canal and Islands Cruise

2019 Panama

  • Colon
  • Portabello
  • Archipelago De San Blas
  • Carti Village, San Blas
  • Isla Contadora, Pearl Is
  • Isla Taboga
  • Isla Mogo Mogo, Pearl Is
  • Panama City
  • Punta Garachine (Darien)
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Gulf of Panama
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Panama Canal
  • Gatun Lake
  • Archipielago De San Blas

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12 Days Itinerary: Panama Canal, San Blas, Colon, the Darien Jungle & more!

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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The Grand Mariner ship

Grande Mariner belize cruise
Commissioned and built by Blount Boats of Rhode Island in 1998, the Grande Mariner makes her way from Montreal to the Caribbean in the spring. She was refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations including new décor, new bathrooms, new furniture in the cabins, a renovated lounge, new décor, and brand new furniture. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready. The ship is innovative, with a unique bow ramp for easy access to beaches and for swimming, a shallow draft allowing for explorations where larger ships cannot go, and even glass-bottom excursion boats.

The Grand Mariner has the freedom to go where the big ships cannot. The freedom to steam down rivers, as carved wooden canoes drift alongside. The freedom to enter small harbors, tie up on a local dock, and head inland to explore. The freedom to find a small island, land on the beach and do some sunbathing, miles away from the crowds of tourists. All this freedom comes down to size. The big ships are really, really big, which puts big limits on where they can go. And when it comes time to dock, they only have a few places they can fit. That's why the big cruise lines all go to the same places, and their passengers all end up exploring the same ports. With small ships, the map of destinations opens up. Suddenly, real exploration is possible. On every corner of the map. Exploration that takes you to countless less-travelled ports, rivers, and small islands. Places unchanged by constant tourism. It's the difference between going to a place, and being in a place. And it makes all the difference in the world.

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Everything's different on small ship adventure. These are CASUAL CRUISES, without the hustle, bustle, and chaos of the big ships. You’re joined by fewer than a hundred people. And more often than not, they’re people just like you. Curious. Casual. Adventurous. They’re looking for something more personal than the big ships can offer. Something more than deck after deck of strangers. Every part of your cruise is simply more personal. You’ll dine in a single sitting with an open seating plan, giving you the freedom to meet your fellow travelers. Want to go exploring in your own way? Just grab some snorkeling equipment, or sign up for kayaking or biking. There’s no white glove dining service, no formal attire, and no luxurious cabins. But there is a 180-degree vista-view lounge —the ideal place to get to know your fellow passengers as glorious, scenic landscapes unfold before you. Go upstairs, and you’ll find the upper deck, the perfect place to catch a breathtaking view, or catch a few rays. When it comes time for a good night’s sleep, our ships offer four categories of small ship cruising cabins. Each feature individual air conditioning, which continuously brings fresh air into your room, day and night. Your room also features a private shower and bathrooms, and a fresh, smoke-free environment.

Your accommodations onboard, delicious meals (including complimentary house wine and beer with lunch and dinner), and all onboard entertainment is included. What’s more, the cruises have a historian or naturalist traveling with you, ready to provide information about the sights, people, and wildlife you’re seeing. Your fare also covers things like our glass bottom boat tours, snorkeling excursions, and performances by local musicians, storytellers, and area experts. And you’re invited to “bring your own bottle.” So if you have a favorite bottle of bubbly, a great wine from home, or a certain kind of cocktail you love to sip at sunset, bring it along, and we'll keep it chilled in the lounge. We’ll provide the mixers, barware, and bottle storage, free.
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The best part is, because you're bringing your own drinks, you won't have to worry about ringing up a big bar tab at the end of your trip - and that's certainly worth a toast.

LENGTH: 184 feet
BEAM: 40 feet
DRAFT: 6 feet, 6 inches

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Transfers to and from Tocumen International Airport in Panama City 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.

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Contact us to receive a reservation form. A deposit of $600 per person is due to confirm your reservation is made. Payments can be made by check or credit card (MasterCard, VISA or Discover). Final payment of balance is due 60 days prior to date of sailing.

All reservations are subject to a minimum $250 per person cancellation charge. Passengers may cancel subject to the charges listed below. Cancellations must be confirmed in writing by the passenger or travel agent prior to departure to be considered valid. This cancellation policy applies to booking made on or after 5/1/2018.

Cancellation fees per person from date of departure:
60 days or more = $250
59 days - 45 days = 25% of fare
44 days - 30 days = 50% of fare
29 days or less = 100% of fare.
There shall be no right to any refund except as stated, and no obligation or liability to passengers for cancellation and/or non-use of all or a portion of a voyage or other services, whether or not due to circumstances beyond passengers’ control. We strongly encourage all passengers to purchase trip insurance. Once purchased, trip insurance is non-refundable. Travel insurance policies included "cancel for any reason" are available and information will be provided.

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