Luxury sailing from Balboa to Miami

This luxury sailing holiday has taken place in April 2018. Are you curious about the luxury sailing cruises we offer every year in the wintertime?
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Sail the Panama Canal and visit Cozumel!

Imagine what it will be like to sail through the Panama Canal on the sailing vessel Clipper Stad Amsterdam!

This sailing trip starts in Balboa, the Pacific-side port of the Panama Canal. The town is located only a short distance from Panama City and was founded by the United States during the construction of the Panama Canal. After your arrival at the international airport in Panama City you may have time for a stroll through "Casco Viejo". This 341 year old Spanish colonial sector & UNESCO World Heritage Site certainly is worth a visit!

Sailing through the Panama Canal on board the Clipper will be one of the highlights of this luxury sailing trip. Memorable also will be sailing on the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico as well as visiting the tropical island Cozumel off the coast of Mexico.

The sun, warm temperatures, excellent food and fantastic sailing will make this an unforgettable holiday. Be part of this special journey with the Clipper Stad Amsterdam exploring new horizons. 

Day 1: Welcome dinner in Balboa, Panama
In the harbor of Balboa, the captain and his crew welcome you on board and a delicious dinner is served after your embarkation.

Day 2 - 3: Sailing the Panama Canal
Soon after your arrival on board the moment has come for the Clipper Stad Amsterdam to sail the Panama Canal for the second time since her maiden trip in the summer of 2000. This time the sailing will start in the Pacific and end in the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Panama Canal, one of the world's largest construction projects, opened for traffic in 1914. The three sets of locks - Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun - are only a small portion of the Panama Canal. During the constructions many natural and man-made waterways were created. Enjoy passing under the Bridge of the Americas in the Gulf of Panama near Panama City, cross Miraflores Lake, enter the Pedro Miguel Lock, passing under the Centennial Bridge, navigating around Barro Colorado Island near Gatun lake to finally arrive at Colón.

Some facts:
Length: 81 kilometers/ 44 Nautical Miles
Width: between 70 and 300 meters
Locks: 305 meters in length and 33,53 meters in width.
In 2016 the Panama Canal was expanded for bigger ships.




Clipper Stad Amsterdam
Panama City
Panama Canal

Day 3 - 8: Sailing to Cozumel in Mexico
The next morning after breakfast the sails will be set for the very first time on this luxury cruise. During the 6 day non-stop sailing on the Caribbean Sea you will learn what sailing on a Tallship is all about. Go aloft in the main mast all the way to the very top if you like, help set sails or just relax. While the crew keeps the ship on course, delicious snacks and drinks will be served on deck.

Do you like to be a little more active instead? Feel free to join the ship’s crew handling the sails, keeping lookout and setting the course. Enjoy the peacefulness of being at sea under the endless starry sky. Experience the break of dawn like you never did before and let the sunsets surprise you.

Clipper Stad Amsterdam
Clipper Stad Amsterdam
Cozumel Mexico

Day 9: Exploring the island Cozumel
The tropical island of Cozumel is Mexico's largest Caribbean island located about 20 kilometers from the mainland. The island is very popular with scuba diving enthusiasts. One of the world's largest reefs is the coral reef on the coast of Cozumel! The island also has many archaeological sites of Mayan origin to offer that can be visited daily. In this context San Gervasio is worth mentioning.

At the Chankanaab (National) Park, also called Little Sea, you can snorkel, scuba dive, swim with dolphins and admire schools of tropical fish. A natural lagoon is located inside the park and is surrounded by ruins of ancient Mayan civilizations. Mangrove forests and white sandy beaches with beautiful coral reefs can be explored in "Faro Celarain Eco Park" on the southernmost tip of Cozumel. This ecological reserve is the largests on the island and includes 220 bird species, iguanas and sea turtles. A museum and an old lighthouse can be visited as well.

Would you like to go to the mainland of Mexico instead? By ferry it will only take fifteen minutes to reach the famous seaside resort Playa del Carmen. On the "Quinta Avenida" where cars are not allowed you will find many shops, bars and restaurants. Beautiful white sandy beaches are only a stone's throw away.  

If you prefer, our hospitality manager will be more than happy to assist you with the booking of a guided tour or excursions. He will answer all of your questions to make the 24 hours in Cozumel extra special.

Clipper Stad Amsterdam
Cozumel dolphinarium

Day 10 - 14: On the way to Miami
On Wednesday morning April 25 the sails will be set for the second and last part of this luxury sailing trip. With some 500 nautical miles to go to reach Miami you will be able to enjoy sailing on our square rigged three mast Clipper Stad Amsterdam once more. In the meantime delicious snacks and drinks will be served on deck or in the longroom.

On Sunday April 29 you will disembark in Miami and your luxury sailing trip will end here.
This large American city in the southeastern state Florida is one of the most trendy cities in the world where many tourists enjoy the ideal combination of Caribbean liveliness and American prosperity every year. Miami, Bayside Marketplace and marina, the Freedom Tower, Coconut Grove, Coral Cables, and of course the beautiful nearby Everglades National Park are just a few of the highlights that make a visit to this city more than worthwhile.

Balboa - Panama Canal - Cozumel - Miami