Fuerte Amador cruises

The fast-growing city of Fuerte Amador lies at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal on a peninsular jutting out from Balboa. It has a marina and a yacht club, and lies close to Panama City, which is on the other side of Ancon Hill. But, if relaxation and shopping is not your thing, you can easily head into Panama City to explore its atmospheric old quarter, Casco Viejo – a warren of streets lined with fine French and Spanish colonial houses and site of a neo Classical palace.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Panama Railroad Experience (Dome Car)

    Travel the tracks of the world’s first Trans-Continental Railroad, in the unique Dome Car section.

    Panama Railroad  Experience  (Dome Car)

    Enjoy the same tour as PA6019 with the unique difference of being in the Dome Car section of the train. The glass-top wagon provides panoramic and elevated views and is the only one of its kind on the train.


    This excursion will operate by bus, train and on foot. Early booking is recommended as spaces are very limited. There will be approximately 20 minutes of walking and around 80 steps to negotiate at the Gatun locks. The train ride lasts approximately one hour and the return coach journey is approximately 90 minutes.

    Tour code

    PA6_020

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Fuerte Amador Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Fuerte Amador Private Tour by Car – Full Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 2 passengers. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    PA6_701

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Panama Canal Expansion

    Take in views of the canals largest ever expansion project with a visit to the Panama Canal Expansion Project Observation Centre.

    Panama Canal Expansion

    Journey to one of the world’s greatest engineering wonders: the Panama Canal. Your adventure begins at Miraflores Locks, one of the most significant waterways in the world. Here, you’ll see the locks in action, learning about how the Panama Canal has worked for over 100 years.

    Afterwards, travel to the Expansion Observatory Platform where you’ll learn about the modern-day expansion of the canal. Discover how the locks are being expanded to accommodate larger ships. The project creates a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal by creating a whole new set of locks. Explore one of the two lock complexes, and discover how the access channels are being excavated, widened, and deepened. This is a great opportunity to glimpse an engineering wonder in progress and gain insight into the incredible feat of the Panama Canal’s original construction.

    You'll want to bring your camera to capture images of this historic expansion project, which began in 2007 to build two new sets of locks to raise the capacity of Gatún Lake and triple the locks' size limit. Work was completed in 2016 and is an extraordinary visual example of ingenuity and construction.

    After the visit of the locks you’ll return to the ship.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Depending on canal scheduling, you may or may not actually see vessels in the lock chambers. There is 2½ hours of walking throughout this tour, please wear flat, comfortable shoes.

    Tour code

    PA6_017

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Best of Panama

    The perfect combination of history, culture, nature and the World’s Eighth Wonder.

    Best of Panama

    Travel along the motorway for an approximately 1½ hours’ to reach Gatun Lake. With over 50,000 acres of pristine rainforest, this natural gem hosts an incredible variety of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. The canal requires a vast rainforest watershed to feed water into the lock system, which uses millions of gallons each day.

    Upon arrival at Gatun Lake, you’ll board a comfortable boat and embark on an hours’ cruise. Your guide will explain the rainforest ecosystem and point out sights of interest. Keep an eye out for monkeys, toucans, and sloths.

    After your guided tour of the lake, discover paradise in its purest form encountering the Embera Indians. The Embera are a unique and beautiful people that live in harmony with their natural surroundings in the rainforest. Witness traditional song and dance along with music performed on handmade instruments. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to purchase native handcrafts.

    Your last stop is the Agua Clara Locks observation area (Expansion Centre). Your guide will explain the engineering feat required to move ships over a continental divide that separates two oceans.


    This excursion will operate by coach, boat and on foot. We recommend you have a hearty breakfast before leaving the ship. A light snack is provided on the bus. Guests are advised that there will be approximately 20 minutes of walking over uneven ground during this tour. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. The Embera Indians wear minimal clothing and partial nudity may be observed.

    Tour code

    PA6_015

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    7 hours

  • Aerial Tram Encounter

    Experience the beauty of Panama’s rainforest and the fascinating exhibits of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort on this unique eco-tour.

    Aerial Tram Encounter

    Enjoy a 45-minute scenic drive from Fuerte Amador to the impressive Gamboa Resort, located in the heart of the Panamanian rainforest. Browse the exhibits at the resort and learn of the many varieties of flora and fauna, which can be found in the unique eco-system.

    The highlight of this tour will be the breathtaking aerial tram ride, which allows you to float quietly through the dense rainforest canopy. At the top, you can enjoy a walk to the observatory (65 feet high) for wonderful views over the rainforest and the Panama Canal in the distance. Re-board the aerial tram for the return ride down to the resort.

    Once at the resort, you’ll be offered a light picnic-style snack before the return drive to Fuerte Amador.


    This excursion will operate by coach, aerial tram and on foot. Comfortable clothing and protection from both the sun and rain are recommended, as are flat shoes. Walking to the observatory is optional. The tram journey is an approximate 45 minute round trip and each gondola seats 4 passengers. Queues and delays at the tram embarkation may be experienced.

    Tour code

    PA6_014

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Panama Railroad Experience

    A unique opportunity to travel the tracks of the world’s first Trans-Continental Railroad, running parallel to the Panama Canal.

    Panama Railroad  Experience

    After boarding your air-conditioned transportation you’ll make the short drive to the train station at Panama City. Here, you'll board your unique train. Reminiscent of the golden age of railway travel, the passenger cars feature luxurious wood paneling, tables, carpeted floors, soft lamp lighting, wooden blinds, air conditioning, bathrooms, large windows to appreciate the picturesque journey and open-air viewing decks that allow passengers to step outside and “smell” the tropical rainforest.

    Then, you’ll leave the station on an approximately one hour train trip to the Atlantic terminus of the Panama Canal, passing Gatun Lake and the isthmus' dense rainforest. During your railroad journey, you guide will provide commentary on the railroad, Panamanian history, and the canal.

    Enjoy a light snack and beverage during this part of you tour.

    When your train arrives at the Colon’s train station, you’ll transfer to the Agua Clara Visitor Center of the Panama Canal (New Locks observation area) Take a brief tour of the immense locks and perhaps see one in operation as a vessel passes through. Your return drive by coach will then take you back to the Pacific side.


    This excursion will operate by bus, train and on foot. Early booking is recommended as spaces are very limited. There will be approximately 20 minutes of walking and around 80 steps to negotiate at the Gatun locks. The train ride lasts approximately 1 hour and the return coach journey is approximately 90 minutes.

    Tour code

    PA6_019

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Miraflores Locks by Night

    Discover the mechanics and incredible engineering feat of the Panama Canal and the fascinating tales of its construction and operation.

    Miraflores Locks by Night

    Visit the Miraflores Visitors Pavilion, located at the last set of locks a ship must transit before entering the Pacific Ocean or the first en route to the Atlantic. This tour will give you an opportunity to observe the Miraflores Locks in night-time operation. You'll be shown a brief film about the Panama Canal and observe the impressive scale model. Your guide will explain the process of a vessel transit, and, during your time here, you may even see one pass through under the floodlights.

    At the Visitors Pavilion, you’ll have time to see the Exhibition Centre on the east side of the Miraflores. The exhibitions include historical Canal artefacts, interactive modules and video presentations. You’ll see 4 exhibition halls, organised by themes such as Canal History, Water - Source of Life, The Canal in Action and The Canal of the World.


    There are 20 steps to negotiate at the Lock lookout. There is an elevator and escalator within the exhibition. Food will not be served on this tour, therefore you are advised to enjoy your meal on board prior to departing.

    Tour code

    PA6_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Monkey Watch

    Take a journey into the tranquil canals of the Gatun Lake. View the jungle islands and the fascinating wildlife.

    Monkey Watch

    Enjoy a scenic drive to the Gamboa Resort, where you will board your boat for a 30-minute exhilarating high speed ride through the heart of the Panama Canal. The boat will slow down to cruising speed as you enter the labyrinth of jungle-covered islands of the Gatun Lake.

    Within this natural sanctuary the wildlife is plentiful and you can look out for the exotic jungle inhabitants such as Capuchin Monkeys, three-toed sloths, Howler Monkeys, colourful toucans, a wide variety of bird life as well as caimans, crocodiles, turtles and many beautiful butterflies.

    The Gatun Lake is an exceptional place to experience the sights and sounds of the jungle. Your trained nature guide will point out the well-camouflaged creatures and inform you of the area’s delicate eco-system.

    Light refreshments will be offered during the tour.


    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, guests are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by coach and canal boat. The journey time to the Gamboa Resort is around 45 minutes each way. Passengers must be able to negotiate the step onto and off the boat. Comfortable, non-slip shoes are recommended. Please wear light clothing that you do not mind getting wet and take insect repellent. Unfortunately wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Tour code

    PA6_013

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    4½ hours

  • Authentic Embera Indian Village

    Travel by dugout canoe deep into the heart of Chagres National Park, home of the Embera Indians and interact with the villagers.

    Authentic Embera Indian Village

    Board your air-conditioned transportation for a scenic drive to the magnificent Chagres National Park. Your guide will share the area’s history and culture and discuss the lives of the native people who call this lush rainforest home.

    When you arrive at the boat dock, you’ll board a sturdy dugout canoe, a form of transportation that was crucial to the native settlers. Enjoy a delightful one hour voyage through the lush rainforest scenery . Keep an eye out for the wildlife indigenous to the area; you may spot a toucan, a sloth, or even a playful monkey swinging through the trees.

    When your canoe reaches the Embera Village, the Tribe Chief will come out to greet you. A traditional performance of song and dance welcomes you and immediately displays the warm and inviting nature of the Embera people. Interaction with the natives is encouraged and is a wonderful way to learn firsthand about their culture. Make sure to browse the shopping area, where exquisite handmade goods are displayed and sold.

    Before you depart, sample a light meal of fresh fish and fried plantains provided by the Indians. Re-board the canoe for a trip down the river to your waiting transportation.


    This excursion will operate by coach, dugout canoe and on foot. Guests are advised that there will be approximately 20 minutes of walking over uneven ground during this tour. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. The journey time each way is approximately 1½ hours. The Embera people wear minimal clothing and partial nudity may be observed.

    Tour code

    PA6_016

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    6 hours

  • Fuerte Amador Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service.

    Fuerte Amador Private Tour by Car – Half Day

    This exclusive private tour is designed to give you the freedom to customise your time ashore so you can discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

    With your private vehicle, and the personal attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you’ll have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own special and memorable day ashore.


    This excursion will operate by private car. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person) and will accommodate up to 2 passengers. Only one person in the party needs to book the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. Entrance fees for attractions, meals, refreshments and gratuities are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so passengers are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible. Tour price includes sightseeing within the city limits, touring outside the city is available at an additional cost.

    Tour code

    PA6_700

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Panama City Tour

    Discover the fascinating past of this city located between two oceans.

    Panama City Tour

    Panama is a country whose name is utterly inseparable from the image of the canal that changed the world considered by many to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. Old Panama the original European settlement was founded in 1519 and destroyed by the infamous Welsh Captain Henry Morgan in 1671. This scenic excursion takes you to see the ruins of the churches and convents, colonial palaces, bridges and military buildings that attest to the grandiose past of Old Panama.

    You will drive through the streets of the old French Quarter of Panama City, founded in 1673 by French colonists. En route along the coastline to El Casco Antiguo and the narrow streets of Colonial Panama, you’ll hear tales of the extraordinary gallantry and shocking piracy that kept the inhabitants in a state of constant high alert.

    Visit the beautiful vaulted promenade of Las Bovedas, and the French Plaza that pays homage to those who built the Panama Canal. A number of old houses and other senescent monuments can be found in the downtown district. Appreciate the unique architecture, influenced by a wonderful blend of French, Spanish and Italian styles and you will return to the ship with a wonderful overview of intriguing Panama, old and new.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that there will be approximately 2½ hours of walking involved throughout this tour. Transfer time from Fuerte Amador to Panama City will be approximately 20 minutes.

    Tour code

    PA6_018

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Panama Canal by Night

    Delve into the fascinating past of this city located between 2 oceans and learn of its historical significance.

    Panama Canal by Night

    Take in the sights of Panama City, from its towering skyscrapers to the historical colonial city. Travel to Old Panama, founded on 15 August, 1519 by Pedro Arias Davila. Panama became a terminal for the only route between the two oceans and a vital communication link between Spain and its colonies in the Pacific. The city was destroyed by fire, but ruins of the cathedral, the bishop’s house and many other structures still remain. Enjoy a guided walk amongst these impressive illuminated ruins.

    Travel along the famous Balboa Avenue through Panama’s financial district en route to Casco Antiguo – Colonial Panama. It is here that the city was rebuilt in 1673 after the original settlements were destroyed. Your guide will describe the history and architecture of this beautiful place, that is a blend of Spanish, French and Italian styles.


    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. There will be approximately 60 minutes of walking and standing involved in this tour. There are some uneven surfaces and it will be dark. In the older parts of the city the lighting levels can be low. As a result this tour is not recommended for passengers who are visually impaired and those that have walking difficulties. The transfer time from Balboa to Panama is approximately 15 minutes. The order of highlights may vary. Food will not be served on this tour, therefore you are advised to enjoy your meal on board prior to departing.

    Tour code

    PA6_011

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal

    Discover the mechanics and incredible engineering feat of the Panama Canal and the fascinating tales of its construction and operation.

    Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal

    Discover one of the world’s greatest engineering feats—the Panama Canal. The Miraflores Locks are the first set of locks a ship must pass when transiting through the Panama Canal from the Pacific. When a ship is inside the locks, the water level rises, lifting the ship, allowing it to traverse the canal. On this adventure, observe the locks in action.

    Your official Panamanian guide will explain the process as you watch a vessel make its way through. Then, see a film about the canal to gain greater insight into a feat that was considered the greatest engineering marvel of its time.

    View an impressive scale model, spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Afterward, enjoy a drive to Albrook Air Force Base which has been transformed into a new commercial area and high-end residential district. Finally, pass through the community of Balboa, where workers lived during the canal’s construction.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps onto and off the coach. There are also 20 steps to negotiate at the Lock lookout. There is an elevator and escalator within the exhibition.

    Tour code

    PA6_021

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours