Cruises to Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

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About Cruising to 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. Find cruise to Fuerte Amador on an upcomming Panama cruise itinerary.

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More about Fuerte Amador (Balboa)

Why Cruise 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
I was exceptionally lucky to find a tour guide who took me to monuments and facilities surrounding the Panama Canal, and then to the Chagres National Park where we boarded a canoe down the Chagres River to visit an iRead More
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wbeeman
WE took our own hop on Hop off bus, it took some doing to find it but it was worth it. WE liked what we saw. One thing I found amusing was we were bombarded by taxis wanting to take us on private tours... Yet..Read More
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mjl125
I did an excursion from Princess Cruise Lines, this was an enjoyable excursion and I loved the tour guide "Roxanna". She was very knowledgeable and willing to explain the sites in detail. This excursion visited botRead More
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