A journey in the Discovery is a feast of intense, sensory experiences: the aroma of remote places, the texture of unknown things, the multicolor tapestry of nature, the accent of unheard languages, and the exquisite flavor of what has never before been tasted; that is the incomparable feeling of penetrating the secrets of other worlds, other lives. That proximity is life, it is beginning and end.
The yearning for that closeness is the virtue and spirit of the true traveler and it is the reason for the Journey Between the Seas. That communion of body and spirit is only possible within the intimate realm of a compact craft, designed to cover the narrowest marine routes that take us to pristine lands.
A crew of ten has been carefully selected and trained to ensure a perfect journey for the 24 exclusive passengers of the Discovery. Inside the cozy, spacious cabins and lounges, the magic of night melts imperceptibly with the fabulous sunrises at amazing places that offer their purest charms at dawn ready for a day of excursion. From its decks, everything looks close, vivid, amazing, moving and…unforgettable.
• Daylight transit guaranteed
• Snorkel and kayak in pristine beaches
• A day with the Embera Indians in Darien
• Bathe in history and nature at the same time in the Chagres River
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)
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 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 rivers edge. (B,L,D)
Snorkel and swim in 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. 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)
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)
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 Gatun Lake and kayak in
Panama Canal waters. Your expedition leader will take you on board small 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 crocodiles 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)
Experience the magnificent Chagres River which was used by the conquistadors to
move their gold across the Isthmus of Panama en-route from Peru 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)
Wake up to a farewell breakfast before you disembark the Discovery. Travel by motor coach to Portobelo and enjoy this town located on Caribbean waters which was founded by Christopher Columbus on his 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)
The Southbound journey follows the same exploration route in reverse. Cruise itineraries are subject to wind, tide and weather conditions and are operated in the sole discretion of Panama Marine Adventures, Inc., in the interests of the safety and welfare of the passengers, vessel, and crew.
29 December, 2020 to 04 January, 2021
116 sq ft (11 mts2). All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.
133 sq ft (16 mts2). All cabins of the Discovery are outside cabins. They have wall-to-wall windows, private bathrooms with showers, individual air condition. They are equipped with blow-dryer and flashlight.
Vessel Type: Catamaran
Length: 33 m
Passenger Capacity: 24
Discovery is a 33 meter, purpose built catamaran providing 8 queen and 4 twin cabins. 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.
Passenger numbers on the Discovery are limited to just 24, ensuring everyone can enjoy serenity and privacy together with the excitement and closeness of a true exploration cruise.
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 haute gastronomy 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.
Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Transfers as stated
Use of on board equipment where applicable
All meals and beverages while on board
Trip specific inclusions;
One night hotel accommodation at Bristol Hotel pre-voyage
Transfers to and from the ship
International and domestic flights
Passport and visa costs where applicable
Any items of a personal nature