Luxury Sailing Cruise Cartagena - Panama Canal - Balboa

January  31 - February 8, 2024

This cruise is fully booked

Every year a number of luxury Caribbean sailing cruises are organized on board the square-rigged tall ship Clipper Stad Amsterdam. In February 2024, the Clipper will sail through the Panama Canal (!). Whether you are an experienced sailor or not, we're happy to welcome you on one of our luxury sailing holidays in the Caribbean.


Through the Panama Canal and more!

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

This year, we are offering a very special cruise where you get to explore three unique historical destinations: Cartagena and Portobelo, which are some of the first European settlements on the South and Central American continent. The San Blas Islands are home to one of the last remaining indigenous tribes, and last but not least, you will be sailing through the Panama Canal.

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

Find all practical Information about this cruise!


Depending on the weather conditions, sailing will be according to the following program:

Day 1: Welcome dinner in Cartagena, Columbia. 
The captain and his crew will welcome you on board in the port of Cartagena de Indias with a well-prepared dinner. Your very first night on board will be spend in the harbour. An excellent moment to quietly reflect and relive all the impressions of the past hours, day, or days while enjoying an after dinner drink on deck. 

Cartagena is a vibrant coastal city with a rich history and a captivating culture  (elected in 1984 by UNESCO as significant to the heritage of the world).

We hope that before you embarked on the Clipper, you had the chance to explore the stunning city of Cartagena with its narrow streets, bustling plazas, magnificent churches, and massive fortifications dating back to the early 1600s. City highlights include a visit to Ciudad Amurallada - a colonial charming "walled city" protected by a fortress - located in the oldest part of Cartagena. Saint Philip of Barajas Fortresses and the Fort Ferdinand Fort must definitely be on your list of things to see! And there is more...
We mention for example Colombia’s most beautiful beaches such as Playa Blanca, the gold museum, the food market "Mercado de Bazurto" to meet the locals or salsa dancing in one of the many bars.

sailing on the Caribbean Sea

The next morning, after breakfast, the sails will be set for the very first time on this luxury cruise. During the 24 hours of non-stop sailing on the Caribbean Sea, you will experience firsthand what it's like to sail on a Tallship. Most likely we will be getting a good amount of wind from Cartagena to San Blas. You can help set sails if you would like but you can also simply relax. While the crew keeps the ship on course, delicious snacks and drinks will be served on deck.

Archipiélago de San Blas

Day 2 - 4: Sailing to and visiting the archipelago of the San Blas Islands.

The San Blas Islands of Panama is an archipelago comprising approximately 365 islands and cays, of which 49 are inhabited. The area is popular for sailing due to its beauty, characterized by palm trees, white sandy beaches, and a clear blue sea! The Kuna Indians, one of the last remaining indigenous tribes in the world with pure-blooded ancestry, inhabit some of the islands where they live according to ancient traditions. You may have seen the colorfully appliquéd pieces of fabric handcrafted by Kuna Indian women before, used for clothing and decoration, which are true works of art.

To fully experience the beauty that the San Blas islands have to offer, the Clipper will make a 24-hour visit to one of the smaller islands. 

After enjoying a special dinner, it is high time to set a course for Portobelo, a small town located in the north of Panama. We will be sailing the evening and night to cover the necessary 65 nautical miles.


Day 5 - 6: Sailing and visit to Portobelo 

Portobelo is a place that combines a fascinating history, beautiful natural beauty and vibrant local culture. There are remnants of Spanish colonial forts to see, lively local markets to visit, and many beautiful views to enjoy around the city. There won't be a dull moment during the 24 hours we spend in Portobelo.

Cristobal in Colón

After just a few hours sailing we will arrive at Cristobal in Colón on Monday February 5 around noon. Colón serves as the gateway to the Miraflores Locks and is an ideal spot for visitors to observe the man-made waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Here all necessary preparations will be made for the actual passage through the Panama Canal.

For security reasons you will probably not be able to disembark here because caution and awareness of your surroundings if you go ashore in Colon is essential.

Panama Canal Sail

Day 7-8-9: Panama Canal Sail
Now is the time for Clipper Stad Amsterdam to sail through the Panama Canal for the third time since her maiden trip in the summer of 2000! Until the very last moment, the exact timing of the passage will remain uncertain.

About the Panama Canal:
One of the world's largest construction projects opened to traffic in 1914. The three sets of locks - Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores - are only a small portion of the Panama Canal. During the construction, many natural and man-made waterways were created. Enjoy navigating around Barro Colorado Island near Gatun Lake, passing under the Centennial Bridge, entering the Pedro Miguel Lock, crossing Miraflores Lake to finally passing under the Bridge of the Americas in the Gulf of Panama (Pacific Ocean) near Panama City!

Some facts:
Length: 81 kilometres
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. 

Arrival at Balboa

Alongside Balboa, Panama
A Captain's dinner is planned for the very last evening onboard. In the morning, our hospitality team will prepare a tasty breakfast which will mark this luxury cruise's end. At 10 o'clock in the morning, it is time to say our goodbyes.

Perhaps you will not say goodbye to Panama yet and extend the luxury cruise with a visit to Balboa and enjoy the yachts worldwide. Or have a look at the American early 1900s colonial-style buildings. Panama City is only a short distance away and worth paying a visit as well. A stroll through Casco Viejo, the 341-year-old Spanish colonial sector & UNESCO World Heritage Site built in 1671 is a must-do!

Cartagena - San Blas Islands  - Colon - Panama Canal - Balboa


Practical information

Embarkation: Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 17h00 (5 pm) at Cartagena, Colombia.
Debarkation: Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 10h00 (10 am) in Balboa, Panama.

Price per person in a 2 person cabin: € 5.250,00
(In case you are traveling alone, you will be staying in a cabin for 1 person for which a surcharge of 50% applies)

Are you interested in a cabin with a double bed? 
The surcharge is € 250,- (depending on availability).

The price includes
-Full board * (breakfast with coffee/tea/juices/milk, lunch, dinner)
-Fresh fruit
-Harbor dues

Additional costs are:
-Flights and transfers to and from the ship
-Drinks on board
-Other personal expenses

*All beverages and extras after breakfast are not included. Lunch and dinner service can be either served or buffet style depending on wind and weather conditions. At sundowner time, complimentary finger foods will be offered supplementary.

Clipper Stad Amsterdam & COVID-19: Vaccination or testing is no longer required.
All our guests are strongly encouraged, but not required, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19*. For sailing trips with Clipper Stad Amsterdam, there is no longer a requirement for vaccinations or testing. Depending on the developments, there may still be restrictions in the ports of call. Furthermore, entry requirements can always change for a country. We ask you to always check the current travel conditions per country. 

Health authorities around the globe still recommend that you obtain and keep your vaccinations/boosters updated. Furthermore please keep in mind that should the Covid-situation become worse, we might have to reintroduce stricter requirements again.

Travel Insurance
Taking out travel insurance is mandatory at all times on all our sailing trips. The mandatory travel insurance to be taken out by you must cover medical costs, accidents, and repatriation (article 13.9 of the general terms and conditions). When you take out your travel insurance please make sure that these costs are indeed covered.

All guests are obliged to have a valid passport with them on board Clipper Stad  Amsterdam. An ID card is not sufficient.

Unfavourable weather conditions:
Please note that due to unfavorable weather conditions (e.g. lack of wind or too much wind) the captain may decide to proceed under engine power and/or arrive at or depart from a harbour either sooner or later.

Flight suggestions:
Be advised that you must at all times be aware of and act by the travel advice and the corona measures that apply when you are travelling to and from the ship. These trips are your own responsibility.

Rafael Núñez International Airport (at Cartagena) is a medium sized airport in Colombia. In total there are 24 airports around the world that have direct flights to Cartagena, spread around 23 cities in 12 countries.: flights to Cartagena, Columbia and flights from Balboa, Panama.
Bogota, Columbia (for example) is a perfect transfer point for flights to the U.S.A. and to Europe. Bogotá Airport has non-stop passenger flights scheduled to 93 destinations in 28 countries. Flights from Bogota, Columbia. 

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Luxury Sailing Cruise Panama Canal

This trip is fully booked