Cruise ships to Panama City dock (anchor) either at Fuerte Amador or Balboa. Both ports are located at Panama Canal's Pacific Ocean entrance.
- Fuerte Amador is built on a man-made peninsula. The extending peninsula is a 1 ml (1,6 km) long causeway artificially created by connecting 4 small islands with rocks excavated from Panama Canal. The port is a tender dock (anchorage port), meaning cruise ships anchor and transferr passengers to shore via the ship's tender boats. On complete Panama Canal cruise transits, ships typically arrive in Fuerte Amador in the morning, offload passengers for land tours and spend a full day anchored.
- Fuerte Amador cruise port has as infrastructure several shops, specialty stores and restaurants, all centered around a large marina area. Fuerte Amador also offers a panoramic view of the Panama City's skyline.
- Balboa port has a dry dock facility for Panamax-sized vessels. Its drydock's gates are constructed similar to the Panama Canal's locks. Balboa is among the largest cargo ports (especially for boxships / container carriers) in Latin America.
- The Port of Balboa also has a ship-to-train terminal ("Pacific Terminal") connected by the Panama Canal Railway directly to port Colon (Panama Canal port on Caribbean Sea). This allows container transportation by train across the isthmus. The Panama Canal Railway also runs a passenger transportation service once a day, each way between Panama City and Colon.
Highlights: Panama City, Marine Exhibit
Panama City cruise terminal
Most cruise ships to Panama City dock (anchor) at port Fuerte Amador (Flamenco Island in Panama Bay). Some ships may also stop at Balboa port.
- Isla Flamenco is one of the 4 "causeway Islands (officially Islas Calzada de Amador) located by the Panama Canal's Pacific Ocean entrance. They are artificially linked to mainland Panama via a causeway. This causeway was made from rock extracted during the canal's excavations. Partially, the causeway also serves as a breakwater.
- The connecting causeway has a 1-lane road running along to each of the 4 islands, plus a bicycle/jogging lane. Along the causeway there are port facilities, yacht marinas, shops, restaurants.
- The 4 islands are named Naos, Culebra, Perico, and Flamenco. From all these isles local pilots board the marine vessels (including cruise ships) entering Panama Canal.
Panama City doesn't have its own (city) cruise terminal facility. The port authority considered building a small terminal (incorporated into the city's master plan), but the research showed that such a project is not feasible. It would cost around USD 70 million, and would need to be near an airport. Still, Bay County’s waterways can accommodate large cruise vessels, so Panama City cruise ship terminal could be eventually constructed, but not sooner then the year 2030.
In 2017, Panama City port authority started expanding its cruise shipping capacity by openning a second location on East Avenue.
The Panama City cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Panama City, Fuerte Amador, Balboa.
If you lose the Panama City location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Panama City cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Panama City, Fuerte Amador, Balboa. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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15 July, 2017
16 July, 2017
30 July, 2017