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Cruises to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Fuerte Amador (Photo:Chris Jenner/Shutterstock)

About Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Fuerte Amador (Balboa), Panama, is the port closest to the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. It's a district of Panama City, located at the entry point to the canal; cruise ships anchor out in the ocean and tender passengers to offshore islands, across a causeway from the city.

The main attraction here is, of course, the Panama Canal, which ships are either just exiting or about to enter. Tours take cruise passengers to the Miraflores Locks or on boat rides through the canal's Gatun Lake. Other tours focus on attractions within Panama City, such as the Frank Gehry-inspired Biomuseum or walking tours through the heart of the city.

If you're planning on touring independently, know that Panama City has fairly bad traffic and getting from the tender pier to and from town may take longer than you expect.

  • Why go to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)?

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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

31 Night
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Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 19, 2022
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Zuiderdam

128 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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15 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 19, 2022
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16 Night
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Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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74 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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15 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 24, 2022
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Nov 19, 2022
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Nov 30, 2023
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Apr 24, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 19, 2022
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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140 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 6, 2023
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 6, 2023
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Dec 18, 2022
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 10, 2023
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Dec 10, 2023
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Mar 23, 2022
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Apr 28, 2022
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Mar 23, 2022
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Nov 11, 2022
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Why go to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)?

Pros:

Fuerte Amador has a good view of the Panama Canal, and offers access to many of Panama City's attractions

Cons:

Independent touring can be a challenge due to traffic and time constraints

Bottom Line:

Organized shore excursions are ideal for exploring this port and the surrounding areas

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Panamanian Balboa, which is tied to the U.S. dollar. There's an ATM in the shopping area by the marina by the tender pier. U.S. dollars are widely accepted. For up-to-date currency exchange rates, visit www.oanda.com or www.xe.com.

Language?

Spanish is the official language. Some vendors will speak English.

--By Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor


Fuerte Amador (Balboa) Cruise Reviews
We visited Casco Viego. This place Is very similar to Cartagena old town. We took princess complimentary shuttle bus to Albrook mall then from there I called Uber to Casco Viego $3.6 to explore on our own. Do your reRead More
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bigdaddy930
'We took the Panama 'Canal Railway train from Fuerte Amador, Panama City, through the countryside to the new locks and watched some ships transit. Time to see a small film on the canal and tour around the new locks wRead More
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Dief
We took the free Princess shopping shuttle to the Mall and then a Uber to the Historic area where we explored on our own Read More
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khope
We have never stopped at this port on previous canal transits, so we did enjoy seeing the visitors center and museum with a lot of the history of the canal on display. We also walked around the old colonial city and Read More
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