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Panama Canal: Barbados to Panama

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Royal Clipper
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Royal Clipper takes you to the seas for a stunning adventure packed with incredible experiences starting at the charming port town of Bridgetown, Barbados. Scour the streets of the UNESCO-listed cities of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and Willemstad, Curaçao. Swim in the protected, crystal-clear waters that surround the paradise island of Bonaire. Spot native wildlife while exploring tropical rainforests and immerse yourself in tribal traditions. Conclude your 15-day sailing voyage with the chance to watch one of the world’s greatest engineering feats, the Panama Canal, in action.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bridgetown, Barbados | Embark
Day 2 : Soufriere Bay, St. Lucia
Day 3 : Tobago Cays, Grenadines
Day 4 : St. George's, Grenada
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Kralendijk, Bonaire
Day 7 : Willemstad, Curacao
Day 8 : Oranjestad, Aruba
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Santa Marta, Colombia | Playa Bahia Concha, Colombia
Day 11 : Cartagena de Indias, Colombia
Day 12 : Islas de San Bernardo, Colombia
Day 13 : San Blas Islands, Panama
Day 14 : Panama Canal Transit
Day 15 : Balboa (Isla Flamenco), Panama | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire the isolated beaches and British-influenced heritage of Barbados
  • Enjoy the aromas of cinnamon & vanilla baking in the sun at Grenada
  • Discover the Dutch colonial city of Willemstad, Curacao
  • Transit the historic Panama Canal and see yachts from around the world

Ship

Royal Clipper

Places Visited

  • Caribbean
  • Central America & Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Panama
  • South America
  • Aruba
  • Balboa
  • Barbados
  • Bonaire
  • Cartagena
  • Curacao
  • Grenada
  • Grenadines
  • Islas de San Bernardo
  • Leeward Antilles
  • Leeward Islands
  • Lesser Antilles
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • Oranjestad
  • Panama Canal
  • San Blas Islands
  • Santa Marta
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent des Grenadines
  • Tobago Cays
  • Virgin Islands
  • Willemstad
  • Windward Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Boats Moored to the Quay at Bridgetown Harbour Spectacular Grenadines Islands An old lighthouse on Curacao Architecture of Cartagena Gatun Lock of the Panama Canal

Day 1 Bridgetown, Barbados | Embark

On the wild and rugged east coast of Barbados, the isolated beaches are the color of sunrise, the red sands having blown all the way across the Atlantic from the Sahara. The easternmost island of the Windwards, and indeed, of the entire Caribbean, reaches out to Africa and the Old World, as if not quite part of the New. Bridgetown, Barbados, is an interesting town full of contrasts. George Washington actually slept here! Trafalgar Square reminds you that the laidback, rum- and fun-loving island's British-influenced heritage includes revered traditions like cricket and high tea.

Day 2 Soufriere Bay, St. Lucia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marigot Bay, one of the prettiest anchorages in the Caribbean, is surrounded by lush hills and ringed by drooping coconut palms. Our alternate stop, the little Port Town of Soufrière was named after a nearby volcano. Prettier sights are to be seen at Diamond Falls and Mineral Baths where you can walk through the gardens and take a dip in the pool under the waterfalls.

Day 3 Tobago Cays, Grenadines

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Four small islets, virtually deserted but enormously appealing for those who love underwater exploration, Tobago Cays is a national park where snorkeling is superb.

Day 4 St. George's, Grenada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla baking in the sun - these are the tropical flavors of Grenada. From the horseshoe-shaped Carenage at St. George's, follow the Sendall Tunnel (hand-built in 1895) to the Esplanade and old Ft. George for a spectacular view of Grenada.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Kralendijk, Bonaire

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Pink flamingoes, divi-divi trees, Papiamento, and the best diving in the Caribbean - you can only be in Bonaire. The blinding white salt flats of Bonaire were once marked by tall obelisks of red, white, blue and orange (the colors of the old Dutch flag) to guide mariners. Today they are marked by clouds of pink - enormous flocks (500 or more!) of fluttering flamingoes feasting on the orange brine shrimp that gives the flamingos their unmistakable color.

Day 7 Willemstad, Curacao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The gabled houses and warehouses of Dutch colonial Willemstad march in tight formation along the entrance to St. Anna Bay, an incongruous vision of a tropical Amsterdam where the floating market sells mangos and papayas instead of tulips. In Curacao's interior cunucu, a few Dutch landhuis or farm owners still wrest a living by ranching on the near-desert soil.

Day 8 Oranjestad, Aruba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bon boni means welcome in the local dialect, Papiamento, and it's universally understood by all who visit little Aruba. Just 15 miles from Venezuela, this almost independent nation still has a ceremonial Dutch Governor General. Once it depended on oil for income, but tourism is the new king. No wonder Aruba's endless beaches and spectacular diving are too tempting to pass up.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 Santa Marta, Colombia | Playa Bahia Concha, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on the north coast of Colombia, Cartagena host a spectacular collection of buildings and massive fortifications dating from the early 1600's. The Fortresses were built to protect Cartagena from pirates. City highlights include Saint Philip of Barajas Fortresses and the Fort Ferdinand Fort.

Day 12 Islas de San Bernardo, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 San Blas Islands, Panama

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The vivid colors of the San Blas Islands are undoubtedly the inspiration for the fanciful birds, fish, and animals in brilliant reds, oranges, blues, and greens that decorate the intricately appliquéd molas created by the indigenous Kuna women. Strung along the throat of Panama's dramatically beautiful Kuna Yala coast, the remoteness of these coral atolls protects an independent people who prize their communal culture with its rich oral history and artistic heritage.

Day 14 Panama Canal Transit

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 15 Balboa (Isla Flamenco), Panama | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Along the piers of Balboa, the port marking the Pacific terminus of the Panama Canal, you can see yachts from all over the world. Balboa was built to house American administrative headquarters for the Canal and many of the buildings are handsome examples of the American colonial style of the early 1900s. Disembark after breakfast and continue your independent trip back home.

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Single supplement: A single supplement fare is available at 150% of the published cruise fare for categories 2-6 during the season in which passengers are traveling. It is available at 200% for category 1 cabins, Deluxe Suites, and Owner's Suites. Single space is capacity controlled.

Children's rate: Savings may be available for children under 18 years when traveling with a full-paying adult on select sailings and subject to availability. Contact us for details.

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  • Full board meal plan with mineral water, tea and coffee served during meal times
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  • Shore excursions are not included but can be purchased onboard
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