A journey through the Panama Canal
Sail thru the Panama Canal and the Caribbean, visiting several ports in Panama, Colombia, the ABC Islands and more on one of our 14-night voyages aboard Star Flyer. Enjoy amazing sights from the deck as the ship transits through the Panama Canal, a feat of engineering and hard work. See the locks in operation and spot wildlife from toucans to crocodiles in this narrow but busy waterway. A definite experiential trip of a lifetime!
Sailing on a clipper ship thru the Caribbean is in itself a unique adventure - navigating to some of the most enchanting islands, filled with their own character, exquisite local food, amazing natural scenery, and impressive colonial architecture. Combining it with a voyage thru the Panama Canal makes it an experiential trip of a lifetime.
On Star Flyer, you can go island-hopping your way west to the Panama Canal, or begin your adventure in Panama, traverse the canal and end up crossing the Caribbean Sea eastbound, visiting several island-nations on your way. On an adventure like this, you can explore Grenada, known as the Spice Island, where the air has an aroma of nutmeg. Or Curacao, with its Dutch colonial architecture and glorious hidden beaches. In Aruba, go snorkeling at one of the few places where you can snorkel from shore, like at Mangel Alto, a small sandy beach with clear, calm waters, located southeast of Oranjestad.
This journey also takes you to South America, visiting Cartagena, Colombia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its history and colonial stone walls. And finally, in Panama, Central America, visit Casco Viejo, also a UNESCO Heritage Site, go sightseeing thru the city and visit the Miraflores Lock Visitor Center to learn about the history and construction of the canal.
Considered one of the world's greatest marvels, the Panama Canal runs thru the country for about 50 miles from Panama City in the Pacific coast to Colon in the Atlantic. During your voyage, the ship will go thru a series of three sets of double locks and two three-chambered locks newly built in 2016 to allow for the passage of super-sized ships. On its crossing, and between the locks, the ship will sail on Lake Gatun, a huge artificial lake, accompanied by its assigned tugboats that help navigating thru the canal. While this takes almost the whole day, it allows you plenty of time to relax on deck while watching the natural scenery, catching glimpses of the abundant wildlife like toucans and crocodiles, and wondering how it all was built.