Panama Canal from Balboa, Panama, 30 November 2019 (14 nights)

Ship:
Royal Clipper
Line:
Star Clippers
Depart Date:
30th November 2019
Duration:
14 nights | View itinerary
Customer Rating:
View 16 reviews
Cruise Type:
Cruise Only

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Holiday Features

 • Five-mast fully rigged sailing ship with 42 sails
Natural sailing experience with both modern propulsion methods and traditional sailing
Unrivalled service with 2:1 guest to crew ratio 
Passengers can get involved with sailing the ship, climbing the crow’s nest (safety harness provided) and pulling the ropes
A marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports 
Complimentary onboard water related activities such as wind surfing, water skiing, kayaking and snorkelling
1760 square metres of open deck with 3 swimming pools
3 deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the dining room, featuring deliciously prepared cuisine and no-tie dress code 
One-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge in the site of the spa & health club, with under water glass portholes 

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Cruise itinerary

Day Port Due Depart
1 Balboa
Balboa
Balboa was named after the first European to explore the eastern shore of the Pacific, Vasco Nunez de Balboa. The city of Balboa is located at the first lock on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal, a bit southwest of Panama City.
2 Panama Canal Transit
Panama Canal Transit
Linking the Atlantic to the Pacific, you can marvel at the vast locks, lakes and impenetrable rain forest as you pass through the Panama Canal. This is one of humanity’s greatest engineering achievements. You can adventure into the Gamboa Rainforest, where you can see Howler monkeys, or try your luck at catching Fresh Water Bass in Gatun Lake.
3 San Blas Island
San Blas Island
The San Blas Islands is a group of islands which are located just off the Caribbean coast of Panama. The indigenous Kuna Yala tribe have self governing authority over the islands and a part of the mainland. The local people, the Kuna Yala, are a wonderful example of an how an indigenous people continue to flourish and practice their age old customs surrounded by the modern world. They are friendly and welcoming of tourists. Although the San Blas Islands is their ancestral home, you will also find them selling their wares in Panama City.
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4 At Sea
5 Cartagena, Colombia AM PM
6 Santa Marta AM PM
7 At Sea
8 Oranjestad, Aruba
Oranjestad, Aruba
Being one of the Dutch Antilles, Aruba still retains its Dutch charm. You will notice this when you see the many windmills that are to be found in the island. Aruba is characterised by fine beaches, sapphire blue waters, almost year-round sunshine and exotic cactus. In the capital Oranjestad, admire the pastel coloured houses and the palm-lined streets. Then go snorkelling and discover the incredible coral formation and tropical fish. Other highlights include gold mine ruins in the countryside, Guadirikiri Caves and the fascinating natural limestone bridge. If you like shopping, you’ll love Aruba and its fabulous shops and outdoor markets.
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9 Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad, Curacao
Curacao is one of the Dutch Antilles. This is reflected in the Dutch cuisine served in the island’s restaurants and in the Dutch-style houses of the capital Willemstad. Here shopping is superb…the ‘Floating Market’ alongside the canal is well worth checking out. You will find anything from tropical fruits and vegetables to local handicrafts. Visit the dramatic Hato Caves, a series of grottos with underground waterfalls and ancient Indian petroglyphs, or explore the spectacular Curacao Sea Aquarium, where you will see around 400 exotic species of marine life. Dive in the sapphire blue waters near the beautiful coral reef and experience feeding turtles and stingrays. Then discover Curacao’s Ostrich Farm, where you will see how the ostrich develops from an egg to the largest bird in the world. Before you leave the island, you must try the famous Curacao’s fruity liqueur.
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10 Kralendijk, Bonaire
Kralendijk, Bonaire
One of the Dutch Antilles, Bonaire is known for the preservation of nature and the marine environment. This makes it perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing and kayaking. But Bonaire is not only a diver’s paradise, it has something for everybody. If you are a nature lover, you can cycle and immerse yourself in the unspoilt natural landscape. The island offers a fantastic climate, crystal clear waters and year-round sunshine. Even though Bonaire is laid back and slower paced, the nightlife here is amazing. Get to meet the local people, you will find them very warm and friendly. Don’t miss out on the local cuisine in one of the many world-class restaurants of the island. If you’re looking for cool Bonairean art, jewellery or souvenirs, there’s a main shopping avenue with stores that sell unique merchandise, some made by local craftsmans.
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11 At Sea
12 St. George's, Grenada AM PM
13 Soufriere Bay PM PM
14 Deshaies AM
15 St. John's, Antigua
St. John's, Antigua
You will fall in love with this secluded island…a true paradise with 365 white sandy beaches (one for every day of the year), gingerbread architecture and hummingbirds. Visit Nelson’s Dockyard National Park to explore restores naval buildings, nautical museums and lush tropical vegetation. Then head to Montserrat, from here you can enjoy a fantastic view of the active Soufriere Hills volcano. You will be charmed by the local pottery, the great shops, the delicious Antiguan food and the friendliness of the local people. For those of you that like snorkelling, the sheltered bay on Bird Island is a must. Surrounded by a wall of coral reef, Antigua will inspire and excite you.
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Customer reviews for Royal Clipper

  • Royal Clipper
  • Star Clippers
  • 28 May 2019

Quality of the ship was good, albeit we felt mealtimes were too crowded. Crew were helpful and generally very good. Cabin crew in particular did a very thorough job. If the weather had been better the deck space would most likely also be crowded, ie pressure to get a sunbed. The experience of sailing under sail was excellent.

  • Royal Clipper
  • Star Clippers
  • 27 May 2019

Everything I hoped for and more - the ship was beautiful to look at, particularly with sails up, the cabins were good and as expected on this type of ship. The staff were exceptionally efficient, caring, informative and friendly. The choice at breakfast was quite delightful, lunches and evening dinner also very good, Quantity and quality excellent, (ate far too much and now on bread and water). If I were to go on a cruise I would choose this boat again but to a different location. Thankyou for advertising this superb cruise.

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  • Royal Clipper
  • Star Clippers
  • 25 May 2019

Ship was beautiful. Crew fantastic. Food excellent. Great wines reasonably priced. Cabin was ok but one side of the bed was against the bulkhead and the bathroom was tiny. Really wonderful experience.

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