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Colombia & Panama—Coral, Jungles, Canal

Panama City to Cartagena - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Safari Voyager
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Visit tropical rainforests, biodiverse jungles, and lush tangled mangroves during this 8-day Central America cruise. Trek and paddle under the watchful eyes of macaws while howler monkeys do acrobatics in the treetops and reef fish swim alongside you. Explore Panamá’s Isla Taboga—once visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan—and Colombia’s Cartagena, a walled city lined with rainbow-hued houses. An evening Panamá Canal transit celebrates with dinner on the sun deck and a whisper of the cool night air. With options to suit every speed, daily adventures feature active excursions and time to blend in with the “locals” and be a little sloth-like.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Panama City, Panama | Embark
Day 2 : Darien Jungle
Day 3 : Isla Taboga | Panama Canal
Day 4 : Captain’s Choice
Day 5 : Guna Yala
Day 6 : Capurgana | Sapzurro, Colombia
Day 7 : Archipelago of San Bernardo | Cartagena
Day 8 : Cartagena | Disembark

Highlights

  • Look out for marine life in the Gulf of Panama
  • Tour the colorful and colonial walled city of old Cartagena
  • Meet Guna locals and visit an Embera village
  • Cruise along the Darien Gap and Pearl Islands

Ship

Safari Voyager

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Blue water and lush rain forest in Panama Miraflores Locks, Panama Canal Panama City's Bridge of the Americas The jungle terrain of Darien San Pedro Claver Plaza, Cartagena

Day 1 Panama City, Panama | Embark

Welcome to Panama! You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to the hospitality area in the city. Board the ship, meet your crew and settle in for the week ahead.

Day 2 Darien Jungle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first full day is a big one. The Darien Jungle calls, and you’re headed straight into it by way of motorized native canoe along the Mogue River. White Ibis, pelicans, cormorants, little blue herons, and mangrove hawks welcome from above while the sound of drums greets you from the forest. Visit with Emberá villagers—a local tribe eager to share their heart, song, and dance. Browse their woven baskets and wooden handicrafts and maybe take home a souvenir or two.

Day 3 Isla Taboga | Panama Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visited by Paul Gaugin and Captain Morgan, wake up in the “Island of Flowers,” Isla Taboga. Tour a historic village and the touted second oldest church in the hemisphere. Or, hike up the ridge to seek out views and World War II fortifications. After soaking up this storied island, get underway for the Panama Canal. A story of engineering and human tenacity, it took over 75,000 workers to build and takes you about eight hours to transit. Joined by a Canal Authority Pilot, watch line handlers manage the ship through changing sea levels in the locks. Paired with videos and onboard narration, you’ll cross the locks with a better understanding of this engineering marvel. Celebrate your transit with a top deck barbeque! 

Day 4 Captain’s Choice

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Islands, forts, and sea life—bring your adventurous spirit. You’re headed for Colombia—and along the way, your captain has the say. Magnificent Frigatebirds sweep overhead. Grab your binoculars and stay on the lookout for dolphins, humpback and sperm whales, sea turtles, and maybe even a barracuda. You never know what you’ll spot cruising for critters.

Day 5 Guna Yala

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’re in the Guna Yala Islands (formerly the San Blas Islands)—360 islands dotted with palm trees, thatched-roofs, coconut groves, white sand beaches—and they’re perfect for snorkeling. Look around for a rainbow of reef fish, corals, rays, and sea turtles. Anything’s possible in paradise. On land, meet the Guna people, one of the best-preserved cultures in the Americas. Learn about their culture and don’t miss the chance to buy their detailed handcrafted “molas.” In the Guna culture, an ornate mola with a detailed design is an item displayed with pride.   

Day 6 Capurgana | Sapzurro, Colombia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise the Caribbean coast of the Darien Gap to the tiny, almost-forgotten coastal towns of Capurgana and Sapzurro. Hike between the towns through the dewy Darien jungle, home to toucans, parrots, howler and squirrel monkeys. Or, take to the white sand beaches and turquoise waters for snorkeling and beachcombing.

Day 7 Archipelago of San Bernardo | Cartagena

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your last day kicks off in the archipelago of San Bernardo. With its clear water and vibrant corals, kayaking, snorkeling, skiff tours, and paddleboarding are all options. Wrap it up in the colonial walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena—a historical tour shows off its highlights. Wander narrow streets lined with colorful houses. Visit the Palace of Inquisition, San Felipe de Barajas Castle, or the oldest church in the city. Celebrate your big adventure with a Farewell Dinner and slideshow.

Day 8 Cartagena | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
What a week! After one last freshly baked pastry, transfer to Cartagena’s international airport.

Safari Voyager

Per person starting at
$4,895
Master Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Master Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #103-108
Commander Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Commander Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #205-206, 209-212, 215-222
Captain Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Captain Stateroom
Fixed twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #308, 310, 312
Safari Voyager's Admiral Stateroom.
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Admiral Stateroom
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower (youth-sized sofa bed for triple). #307, 309
Jr. Commodor Suite aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Jr. Commodore Suite
Queen or twin beds, desk & chair, refrigerator, flat screen TV/DVD, view window, private bath with shower (sofa bed for triple). #201-204
Owner's Suite on the Safari Voyager
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Owner's Suite
King or twin beds, sitting area w/wet bar, refrigerator, media center, view windows, private bath w/Jacuzzi & shower (sofa bed for triple).
Single Stateroom aboard the Safari Voyager.
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Single Stateroom
Twin bed, desk & chair, view window, private bath with shower. #207-208

Notes

- All rates are quoted in USD and represent cost per person, based on double occupancy
- Children ages 8-13 are welcome on all sailings and will received a $500 per child savings

Included in your fare: 
  • Onboard meals; onboard spirits, wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages (excludes super-premium wines)
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days
  • Entry fees to parks/preserves
  • All from-the-vessel activities and equipment
  • Wellness amenities: fitness equipment and yoga mats
Not included in your fare:
  • Airfare to and from your home city
  • Discretionary gratuities to vessel’s crew
  • Travel protection
  • Optional excursions and land tours
  • Port taxes/fees
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