Iconic Panama Canal: Caribbean to Panama

9 Days
Montego Bay to Panama City
From (CAD)
$ 10,307
Dates & Pricing

2023 Montego Bay > Panama City

Great Feats

Transiting the Panama Canal and gazing at its ever-changing vistas from the luxurious comfort of Scenic Eclipse is just one of the many inspiring experiences you will have during this voyage from Jamaica to Central America. Tropical, verdant and buzzing with wildlife, the jungles and islands of Panama are breathtaking. From the unique birdlife of the Caribbean, to meeting local communities and exploring the coastlines of the San Blas archipelago, this voyage is a feast for the senses.
Marvel at the workings of the Panama Canal, the centrepiece of this 9-day voyage tracing the coast of Central America. Uncover its rich history, vibrant culture and natural beauty. Discover the colonial past of Columbia, gaze upon sandy beaches and turquoise waters in Nicaragua, and explore untouched rainforests in the Pearl Islands.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
301J
Duration:
9 days
Departure City:
Montego Bay
Return City:
Panama City

9 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Montego Bay, Jamaica

    Jamaica’s North Shore is one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations. The crowd-pleaser is Dunn’s River Falls, which empties into the sea on a sandy beach. Floating on bamboo rafts along Martha Brae River, Doctor’s Cave Beach, golf courses and the Rose Hall sugar plantation manor house are other major attractions. Your journey into wonder begins with a warm greeting by the crew as you step on board Scenic Eclipse.

    Please book your flight to arrive into Montego Bay prior to 02:00 PM.

  2. Day 2 - At sea

    While sailing to Colombia make the most of the services and activities on board Scenic Eclipse. Stay in shape in the fitness centre, treat yourself in the Senses Spa for a day of pampering or tempt your palate in wine tasting.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Isla de Providencia, Colombia

    This tiny island off the Colombian northern coast is a flashback to the raw Caribbean of the past. Locals proudly share tales about Providencia's colourful history of pirates and treasures. Evenings are spent at a reggae bar, baseball game, or a restaurant. The island's natural delights include hiking, swimming, and diving in the Sea of Seven Colours. Spanish is one of the native languages, but English and Creole English are also spoken.

    Freechoice

    Discover the lush mountainous landscapes and painted wooden houses on a walking tour of Santa Catalina and Santa Isabel, including a local music and dance performance, or trek to the top of Providencia, learning about the local flora and fauna and enjoying spectacular panoramic views of the Caribbean. Alternatively, snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Crab Cay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Corn Island, Nicaragua

    Little and Big Corn Island are well-known to surfers. Located 43 miles off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, this palm-tree paradise offers the chance to explore a relaxed island lifestyle revolving around the beach and marine life in spectacular reefs.

    Discovery

    Explore the islands’ clear blue waters in a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or relax on one of the beautiful beaches.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Boca del Toro, Panama

    Bocas del Toro captivates with its primitive atmosphere, tropical vegetation, biodiversity and ancient customs. Many races and ethnicities, from its indigenous people to Latino, live in harmony in this lovely, multicultural archipelago.

    Freechoice

    Enjoy snorkelling at Cayo Coral, seeing fish swim around the coral gardens before relaxing at Zapatilla Cayes, or join a local boat for an adventure up a mangrove channel, giving you the opportunity to sloths, caimans and many birds. Alternatively, visit Bird Island and relax on Starfish Beach, or see the crystal clear waters of Hollywood Cove before walking through the Bastimentos  town to visit the village.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - San Blas Islands

    Guna Yala, also known as the San Blas Islands, is governed by Panama’s Guna indigenous group. The narrow territory on the Caribbean side of the country comprises 365 islands, of which only 50 are inhabited by Guna people. 

    Discovery

    Spend the day relaxing in this beautiful archipelago surrounded by clear water and coral reefs swarming with marine life, pristine sandy beaches and coconut palms.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Panama Canal Transit

    From the comfort of the luxurious Scenic Eclipse, get an up-close, first-hand experience of sailing through the Panama Canal. The French started construction in 1880 but the project was abandoned and taken over by the United States in 1904 before finally opening a decade later. Now managed by a Panamanian government authority, the canal links the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean using three levels of locks to raise ships to Lake Gatun, in order to avoid the long and treacherous journey rounding Cape Horn. A transit of this engineering marvel is sure to be a memorable experience for all guests.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Isla San José

    Around 250 small islands make up this archipelago in the North Pacific Ocean in the Gulf of Panama. Discovered in 1503 by the Spanish Conquistadors, the islands are named after the abundance of pearls found off the shores. Famous for tranquil beaches, untouched forests and wonderful coral reefs offshore – ideal for diving, snorkelling and kayaking. The largest of the islands is Isla Del Rey, followed by the privately owned Isla San José.

    Discovery

    With crystal clear ocean waters, rich in marine life, enjoy snorkelling in a virgin reef or kayak along the coastline. Or explore the local rainforest in search of local wild life, including iguanas, macaws, dwarf ant eaters, countless birds, reptiles, and deer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Panama City

    Fuerte Amador is a manmade causeway extending into the sea at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal. Disembark after breakfast as you farewell the crew and take away memories of a truly unforgettable cruise.

    Please book your flight to depart out of Panama City after 11:00 AM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the voyage will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The perfect blend of expedition and cruise voyages with
  • Up to 228 guests on board for a truly exclusive Discovery Voyage
  • Up to 15-member specialist Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions and shore side expedition program
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalised Scenic Freechoice experiences

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