The Journey Between the Seas« All Discovery cruise options
|Dates||Deck + Cabin Type|
|Category 1||Category 2|
|Jul 13 '13
Nov 19 '13
Apr 25 '14
May 2 '14
Oct 31 '14
Nov 7 '14
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|$250||All Departure Dates|
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Day 1 Panama City | Flamenco Marina
Embark on your exciting Panama canal cruise and sail the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean towards Contadora, where the Discovery will stay the first night before navigating to the Darien Jungle. Take this opportunity to meet your expedition leaders, the crew, and your fellow travelers while you savor our tempting native cuisine. (D)
Day 2 Darien Jungle
Step aboard a time machine and travel back more than 600 years to a place that not many have had the privilege of experiencing. More than an excursion, this is a journey into the lives of the Embera Indians. A proud people who have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as they were before the Spaniards colonized the region. These natives are also master crafters of cocobolo wood carvings and basketry. After motoring up the river you will see the village emerging from the jungle, as if by magic. Keep your eyes open along the way as the region offers abundant wildlife that is particularly active along the river's edge. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Pearl Islands | San Telmo
Snorkel and swim on the waters of the Pearl Islands. The archipelago owes its name to the abundance of Pearl Oysters which supported a substantial fishery in the early 1900's. On the outer portion of the archipelago, the islands of San Telmo and Mogo Mogo are home to some pristine beaches and fertile fishing grounds. Kayak along beautiful and unspoiled beaches and view the remains of the submarine Explorer built in 1865 during the Civil War and which sunk off the coast of San Telmo during the oyster fishery of the late 1800's. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Panama Canal Transit | Gatun Lake
Wake up at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal and join the morning's ship convoy for our northbound canal passage traversing Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks. The Discovery will be raised 85 feet above sea level to Gatun Lake. You will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience up close the history and operation of this engineering marvel. Navigate the Gaillard Cut, the narrowest section of the Panama Canal, bisecting the Continental Divide. This section of the canal is full of history and geological value and you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. Spend the night in Gatun Lake on Panama Canal waters. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Panama Canal | Barro Colorado
Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, the vast jungle area that is now the Gatun Lake was teeming with an overwhelming abundance of wildlife. As the region was flooded to create the lake, animals took refuge in the mountain peaks, which are now the many islands that dot the renowned lake. Explore Barro Colorado Island where the Smithsonian's Tropical Research Center is located. Your expedition leader will take you on board smaller crafts past lush rainforests to secluded areas of the lake to witness first hand the splendor and excitement of the jungle. Exotic birds, monkeys, sloths, iguanas, and crocidiles are just a few of the animals that you could see in their native surroundings. The sights, sounds, and scents that make up this beautiful, tropical jungle will engulf you. Cameras are a must as this is considered the world's premier location for viewing monkeys and other animals in the wild. The Discovery will exit the Panama Canal in the afternoon on its way to the mouth of the Chagres River. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Chagres River | Fort San Lorenzo
Experience the magnificent Chagres River which was used by the conquistadors to move their gold across the Isthmus of Panama en-route to Spain and by the gold prospectors who attempted a "short cut" from the US east coast to the gold fields of California. The river was the center piece of the colonial inter-oceanic route and is now the lifeline of the Panama Canal full of wildlife and tropical jungle. Explore Fort San Lorenzo which is located on a cliff at the mouth of the Chagres on the Atlantic side where your leader will offer details of the immense amount of history found on this area. The fort was built by the Spaniards in the 16th century to defend their well known gold trail. Later that evening, the Discovery will reposition to Colon, where it will spend the night before disembarking the next day. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Portobelo | Caribbean
Wake up to a farewell breakfast before you disembark the Discovery. Travel by motorcoach to Portobelo and enjoy the town located on the Caribbean waters which was founded by Christopher Columbus on this fourth voyage to the new continent in 1597. This quaint town is rich in history as it was the site of many sea and land battles between the Spanish colonials and the pirates and corsairs raiding the Spanish Main. Explore the fortifications built by the Spaniards to protect their treasures and visit the Church of San Felipe, the sanctuary of the Black Christ. Later in the afternoon, board the Panama Canal Railway train back to Panama City. This one hour railroad trip will allow you to traverse the picturesque trans-isthmian route from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. The line flanks the Panama Canal passing through lush rainforests, cruising alongside the Canal's locks, through the historic Gaillard Cut and gliding over slender causeways in Gatun Lake. (B,L)
Itinerary NotesPlease note that cruise itineraries are subject to wind, tide and weather conditions and are operated in the interests of the safety and welfare of the passengers, vessel, and crew.
Cruise fare includes:
* Transfers of passengers to and from the ship (within hotels in Panama City)
* Transportation, shore excursions, and the use of equipment (kayaks, snorkeling gear and zodiacs)
* All meals and beverages onboard the ship
* Taxes and port charges
Cruise fare does not include:
* International Airfare
* Panama Tourist Card ($5.00)
* Lodging in Panama City
* Personal gear
* Gratuities to naturalist guides and crew
Deposit & Payment
Initial deposit is $700, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/fourways.php
Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure.
Final payment by Visa, Mastercard or AmEx.
Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 100 days prior to departure.
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|Days Prior to departure||Fee|
|91 days or more||Deposit|
|90-61 days||30% cruise cost|
|60-31 days||55% cruise cost|
|30-0 days||100% cruise cost|
- Ship Highlights
- Passengers : 24
Discovery is a 33 meter, purpose built catamaran providing 8 queen and 4 twin cabins. Passenger numbers on the Discovery are limited to just 24 people, ensuring everyone can enjoy serenity and privacy together with the excitement and closeness of a true exploration cruise.
All cabins have individual climate control, bathrooms and huge windows which extend along the length of the cabin allowing you to enjoy the scenery in complete privacy.
The dining area, bar and lounge are located on the mid deck which is fitted with floor to ceiling “glass walls” providing a spectacular dinning experience and plenty of space to unwind. Enjoy Panamanian cuisine as we delight you with exquisite indigenous dishes prepared by our talented chef. A BBQ and sun deck are located on the topmost observation deck.
The Discovery is equipped with a unique platform that lowers kayakers gently into the water and also retrieves them in perfect safety and comfort.
Discovery Technical Information
* Type of vessel: catamaran live aboard
* Built: hobart, tasmania, australia
* Launched: december 2004
* Hull: marine grade aluminum
* Beam: 9.75 mts
* Maximum ladden draft: 1.85 mts
* Main engines: 2 x detroit diesel mtu series 60, 740 hp
* Capacity: 24 passengers
* Maximum speed: 18 knots
* Cruising speed: 15 knots
* Crew capacity: 11
* Fresh water storage capacity: 6000 lts
* Fresh water production capacity: 500 lts/hour
One Queen-sized bed or two twin beds, private bathroom, big picture window. 116 sq. ft.
One Queen-sized bed, private bathroom, big picture window. 133 sq. ft.