Colon (Panama)

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Colon cruise port

Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

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2022-05-23 17:59

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Colon cruise port is located at the end of the Panama Canal (Caribbean Sea). The city is Panama's second-largest (population around 80,000/metro around 220,000) - after the capital Panama City.

On December 14, 2021, NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line announced that starts seasonally to homeport a ship in Panama City (for Panama Canal roundtrips) with Norwegian Jewel (starting on March 20, 2022).

  • The homeporting was based on a multi-year contract (signed with the Panama Tourism Authority) allowing NCL to homeport a liner at two Panamese cruise terminals - Colon and Fuerte Amador (Panama City, on the Pacific Ocean).
  • NCL Jewel's itineraries (starting from Panama City) visit Costa Rica (Puerto Limon), Aruba (Oranjestad), Curacao (Willemstad), Bonaire (Kralendijk), and Colombia (Cartagena), and end in Colon.

Port Colon (Panama) cruise port

Port Colon (locode PAONX) is currently ranked the world's second-largest duty-free port (after Sanya China). The Port was established in 1850 and since 1948 is a "Free Trade Zone" (freeport). Colon Free Trade Zone occupies land area approx 2,4 km2 (~243 hectares/600 acres) and is divided in two areas - the old one is in Colon City and the new one is in the harbor (where are the warehouses.

Port Colon (Panama) cruise port

Originally, Colon was entirely on Manzanillo Island and surrounded by Manzanillo Bay, Limon Bay, and Folks River. However, since the disestablishment of the Panama Canal Zone (aka Canal Zone/November 1903 thru October 1979), its limits have been redefined to include Fort Gulick (former US Army Base), as well three former Canal Zone towns (Coco Solo, Cristobal, Margarita).

A restoration and reconstruction project, which involves historic buildings, monuments, parks and avenues started in late 2014. The First Baptist Church of Colon, Panama, is among the buildings whose renovation was completed.

Colon cruise terminal

Colon Cruise Terminal has two docks - "Colon 2000" and "Cristobal Pier".

Colon 2000 Cruise Terminal

Colon 2000 was constructed at the millennium’s turn. It is in the Province of Colon and its managers are a private company. They invested USD 15 million to develop the project for modern Colon cruise port piers and terminals. It has the greatest efficiency among all Central America’s seaports.

Colon 2000 cruise ship terminal

The first part of the project was ready in October 2000. The first Colon cruise Terminal and Pier’s name is “Port of Call.” Here are located the customs.

In February 2008 was developed the second Colon Cruise Port Terminal and Pier is the “Home Port.” It is in service since December 2008. The building has three gates separated for cargo, passengers and luggage.

Colon cruise port terminal building offers native craft boutiques, bar-cafe, lounge areas, duty-free mall, supermarket.

Cristobal Pier Cruise Terminal

The distance between Cristobal Pier and Colon 2000 is 5 km. The taxi rate for the 10-minute journey is $3 roughly. Colon cruise port terminal at Cristobal pier usually welcomes its guest with native dances right in the building. There is also a nice shopping area.

Cristobal Pier Cruise Terminal (Port Colon)

Colon tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

Panama's main tourist season runs between December and April. September, October, February and March usually are rainy months for Colon.

  • Duty Free Zone: The main attraction of Colon is the Free Zone. The shopping complex comprises ~1600 stores (wholesale and retail).
  • Festivals: Colon is famous with its festival in March, April and October. The most famous are the Festival of Diablos and Congos and the Festival of the Black Christ.
  • Beaches: the most famous one is Playa La Angosta. If you don’t like crowds, avoid Sundays.
  • Portobelo: an hour drive from Colon, visit the Customs House (UNESCO site).
  • Isla Grande: an hour from the city., resort are with hotels, restaurants, shops and water activities.
  • Barro Colorado Nature Preserve: national park in the Colon Province. It spreads over 5,364 hectares.
  • Soberania National Park: rain forest.
  • Portobelo National Park: visit coral reefs and mangrove forests. Meet the wildlife or see the fortifications (UNESCO sites).
  • Embera Quera Village: to reach the village, you have to drive ~25 minutes and then ride a canoe for ~20 minutes. The native village offers amazing time and local goods as carvings and baskets.
  • Fort San Lorenzo (Fuerte de San Lorenzo) is a ruins site located approx 13 km (8 mi) west of Colon, and overlooking Chagres River.

Port Colon 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 Colon, Panama. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

4 May, 2022
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAdventure Of The Seas07:0016:00

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