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Cruises to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Fuerte Amador (Photo:Chris Jenner/Shutterstock)
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.

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18 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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31 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Buenos Aires
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Montevideo, Stanley ...
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Holland America Line
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17 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Fort Lauderdale
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Holland America Line
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17 Night
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Fort Lauderdale
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19 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Fort Lauderdale
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Cartagena, Panama Canal ...
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Princess Cruises
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140 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Miami
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Seabourn Cruise Line
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14 Night
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San Diego
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Holland America Line
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19 Night
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31 Night
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15 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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San Francisco
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Princess Cruises
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18 Night
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16 Night
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15 Night
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34 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Miami
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29 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Miami
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19 Night
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Fort Lauderdale
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15 Night
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Los Angeles
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20 Night
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17 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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San Antonio
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28 Night
Cruise to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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Montreal
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Los Angeles
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Fort Lauderdale
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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


Awards and Recognition

Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination

  • 2018 Top-Rated Panama Canal & Central America Destinations

Fuerte Amador (Balboa) Cruise Reviews

Emerald Princess
bigdaddy930
Sail Date: Nov 2019
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... Read More
Emerald Princess
Dee4990
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Took a great bus tour of the old & new colonial city! Had a great driver and he pointed out all the sights to see in Old Panama City.... Read More
Emerald Princess
SCOOTERNINJA
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Panama was VERY hot and humid when we were there. Went to the mall and toured around Panama City on our own.... Read More
Emerald Princess
marygvancott
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Not a whole lot to see here unless you like a downtown setting or a very old city... Read More
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