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Cruises to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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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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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

17 Night
Panama Canal & Inca DiscoveryDetails

1,033 Reviews
Leaving:Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Ruby Princess
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16 Night
Panama Canal CruiseDetails

1,908 Reviews
Leaving:Galveston
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 14, 2023
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Oosterdam
Oosterdam

31 Night
South America Inca & Panama Canal DiscoveryDetails

1,033 Reviews
Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Zuiderdam

36 Night
Grand World VoyageDetails

1,004 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Transcanal CruiseDetails

1,800 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Aug 21, 2023
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Classic Panama Canal PassageDetails

9 Reviews
Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Grand South America & Antarctica VoyageDetails

561 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Transcanal CruiseDetails

1,180 Reviews
Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Transcanal CruiseDetails

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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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40 Night
Grand South America & Antarctica VoyageDetails

561 Reviews
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 3, 2023
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Transcanal CruiseDetails

1,908 Reviews
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Dec 2, 2022
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Inca & Panama Canal DiscoveryDetails

1,033 Reviews
Leaving:San Antonio
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
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Panama Canal Eastbound CruiseDetails

1,205 Reviews
Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 7, 2023
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Transcanal CruiseDetails

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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 22, 2023
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More about Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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 had pre-booked a “Best of Fuerte Amador / Panama Canal” excursion through Princess. Miraflores Locks Observation Center: The Miraflores Locks are part of the engineering marvel that makes up the Panama Canal.Read More
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CLCruzer
Really enjoyed going to the authentic Indian Village via dugout canoe. Read More
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smooth.sailing
The Gatun Lake monkey excursion was great, other than the nasty lunch. We loved being on the lake and the guide and boat operator were wonderful! Read More
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megwstn
Panama Canal and nearby monkeys and wildlife are spectacularRead More
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