Barbados and Panama

A sailing holiday from Barbados with a transit of the magnificent Panama Canal visiting the Grenadines, the World Heritage Site of Cartagena and the remote San Blas islands

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14 nights from £2461pp

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Join Star Flyer or Royal Clipper in Barbados for this grand tour of the Caribbean islands and an exciting transit of the Panama Canal.

Explore one of the untouched islands of the Grenadines and visit St George's on Grenada and the picturesque island of Bonaire where you can sample Creole cuisine.

Marvel at the magnificent colonial Dutch architecture in Willemstad, stroll along the palm-lined streets of Oranjestad, Aruba's capital and visit the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cartagena. Explore the remote San Blas Islands, before enjoying a transit of the Panama Canal.

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Caribbean and Panama Canal 2018 Itinerary

Day 1 - Bridgetown (Barbados)

Embark Star Flyer or Royal Clipper in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Day 2 - Captain's Best (Grenadines)

Thirty islands make up the gloriously untouched Grenadines. Call on one of these islands for a blissful, laid-back beach day. We're sure you won't be disappointed.

Day 3 - St George's (Grenada)

The aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla baking in the sun - these are the tropical flavors of Grenada. From the horseshoe-shaped Carenage at St. George's, follow the Sendall Tunnel (hand-built in 1895) to the Esplanade and old Ft. George for a spectacular view of Grenada. Carenage is the old harbour area, where you can see a casting of the famous 'Christ of the deep' statue and watch wooden schooners unloading their cargo. For an idyllic beach, head for Grand Anse.

Day 4 - Isla Margarita (Venezuela)

Only 25 miles north of Venezuela, Isla Margarita is the favourite getaway for Cariocans. Margarita means pearl in Greek, and the island was once the centre for harvesting egg size pearls. Porlamar, though founded in 1536, is a modern shopping mecca because of its duty free status. World class windsurfers gather on the Playa El Yaque beach, but those in search of quieter pleasures can explore the mangrove-lined Lagoon La Restinga to see flamingos and 100 other resident bird species.

Day 5 - La Blanquilla

La Blanquilla's tranquil and inviting white beaches give no hint of the amazing diving that lies only 65 yards offshore. A limestone cliff wall plunges more than 3,000 feet into the depths. Along the outcrop pinnacles of Piedra del Ahogado, divers can spot rare black corals growing in profusion and ashore the island is populated by goats, cacti and iguanas.

Day 6 - Kralendijk (Bonaire)

Pink flamingos, divi-divi trees, Papiamento and the best diving in the Caribbean - you can only be in Bonaire. The blinding white salt flats of Bonaire are marked by clouds of pink flamingos feasting on the orange brine shrimp that gives them their unmistakable color. In town, find jewellery, silver, ceramics and leather shops along Kaya Grandi, or sample Creole cuisine.

Day 7 - Willemstad (Curacao)

Willemstad has some fine 17th and 18th-century colonial Dutch architecture. See the gables and steep-pitched roofed buildings along narrow alleys in the Otrobanda district. Explore the island and see elegant, old plantation houses, lovely beaches and numerous forts, including Fort Nassau, built in 1797 and now an international restaurant. The floating market sells mangos and papayas.

Day 8 - Oranjestad (Aruba)

Aruba's charming capital is easy to explore on foot, with palm-lined streets and brightly-painted Dutch colonial buildings, and plenty of shopping opportunities. Further afield, cave drawings and petroglyphs can be found in the north-coast caves, and at Arikok National Park see cacti, divi-divi trees and exotic flowers.

Days 9-10 - At sea

Relax in the on-deck Tropical and Piano Bar, or take a dip in the pool as you cruise to Cartagena.

Day 11 - Cartagena (Colombia)

Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a spectacular collection of buildings and massive fortifications dating from the early 1600s. Horse-drawn carriages frequently pass by carrying sightseers from the upmarket area of Bocagrande and the old walled city. Perhaps visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion and the dungeons of Las Bevedas, or to buy from local artisans, go to Plaza de Santo Domingo.

Day 12 - At sea

Choose a book from the gracious, Edwardian library and unwind in the sunshine on one of the ship's teak decks as she makes her way to the San Blas islands.

Day 13 - San Blas Islands (Panama)

Strung along Panama's dramatically beautiful Kuna Yala coast, the remoteness of these coral atolls protects an independent people who prize their communal culture with its artistic heritage. The reefs around the archipelago offer fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 14 - Panama Canal Transit

The transit of the Panama Canal is a thrilling experience. Stay on deck and watch as your ship navigates the mighty Gatun Locks.

Day 15 - Balboa

Disembark Star Flyer or Royal Clipper in Balboa.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Caribbean and Panama Canal 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 - Bridgetown (Barbados)

Embark Star Flyer in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Day 2 - Captain's Best (Grenadines)

Thirty islands make up the gloriously untouched Grenadines. Call on one of these islands for a blissful, laid-back beach day. We're sure you won't be disappointed.

Day 3 - St George's (Grenada)

The aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla baking in the sun - these are the tropical flavors of Grenada. From the horseshoe-shaped Carenage at St. George's, follow the Sendall Tunnel (hand-built in 1895) to the Esplanade and old Ft. George for a spectacular view of Grenada. Carenage is the old harbour area, where you can see a casting of the famous 'Christ of the deep' statue and watch wooden schooners unloading their cargo. For an idyllic beach, head for Grand Anse.

Day 4-5 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on relaxing days at sea.

Day 6 - Kralendijk (Bonaire)

Pink flamingos, divi-divi trees, Papiamento and the best diving in the Caribbean - you can only be in Bonaire. The blinding white salt flats of Bonaire are marked by clouds of pink flamingos feasting on the orange brine shrimp that gives them their unmistakable color. In town, find jewellery, silver, ceramics and leather shops along Kaya Grandi, or sample Creole cuisine.

Day 7 - Willemstad (Curacao)

Willemstad has some fine 17th and 18th-century colonial Dutch architecture. See the gables and steep-pitched roofed buildings along narrow alleys in the Otrobanda district. Explore the island and see elegant, old plantation houses, lovely beaches and numerous forts, including Fort Nassau, built in 1797 and now an international restaurant. The floating market sells mangos and papayas.

Day 8 - Oranjestad (Aruba)

Aruba's charming capital is easy to explore on foot, with palm-lined streets and brightly-painted Dutch colonial buildings, and plenty of shopping opportunities. Further afield, cave drawings and petroglyphs can be found in the north-coast caves, and at Arikok National Park see cacti, divi-divi trees and exotic flowers.

Day 9 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 10 - Santa Marta (Colombia) - Playa Bahia Concha

Remains of the Tairona culture can be seen in picturesque Santa Marta, Colombia's oldest surviving city. Relax on the beach in Bahia Concha or snorkel in the clear waters which are home to a coral reef and brightly coloured fish.

Day 11 - Cartagena

Cartagena is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has a spectacular collection of buildings and massive fortifications dating from the early 1600s. Horse-drawn carriages frequently pass by carrying sightseers from the upmarket area of Bocagrande and the old walled city. Perhaps visit the Palacio de la Inquisicion and the dungeons of Las Bevedas, or to buy from local artisans, go to Plaza de Santo Domingo.

Day 12 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - San Blas Islands (Panama)

Strung along Panama's dramatically beautiful Kuna Yala coast, the remoteness of these coral atolls protects an independent people who prize their communal culture with its artistic heritage. The reefs around the archipelago offer fantastic diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Day 14 - Panama Canal

The transit of the Panama Canal is a thrilling experience. Stay on deck and watch as your ship navigates the mighty Gatun Locks.

Day 15 - Balboa

Disembark Star Flyer in Balboa.

The Captain reserves the right to alter the itinerary to suit wind and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • 14-nights full board accommodation on Star Flyer or Royal Clipper in chosen cabin category

Price Does Not Include

  • Flights and transfers - please contact us for a quote
  • Port Charges
  • Optional excursions

Save 10% on 23 Nov 2019 departure PLUS exclusive £50pp discount on all departures! Book by 30 Apr 2019

Sail and stay package from £4379pp! Applies to 10 Nov 2018 departure. Includes return flights from London, 2-night hotel stay at the Hilton Barbados, overseas transfers and port charges

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2018 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 10th - Barbados to Balboa - Sailing on: Royal Clipper From: £2960
      Cat 6 Cat 5 Cat 4 Cat 3 Cat 2 Cat 1 Deluxe Suite Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £3010 Brochure Price from: £3170 Brochure Price from: £3500 Brochure Price from: £3740 Brochure Price from: £3990 Brochure Price from: £4550 Brochure Price from: £6160 Brochure Price from: £6660
      Blue Water Price from: £2960 Blue Water Price from: £3120 Blue Water Price from: £3450 Blue Water Price from: £3690 Blue Water Price from: £3940 Blue Water Price from: £4500 Blue Water Price from: £6110 Blue Water Price from: £6610
    • Nov 24th - Barbados to Balboa - Sailing on: Star Flyer From: £2670
      Cat 6 Cat 5 Cat 4 Cat 3 Cat 2 Cat 1 Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2720 Brochure Price from: £3030 Brochure Price from: £3350 Brochure Price from: £3590 Brochure Price from: £3820 Brochure Price from: £4350 Brochure Price from: £5880
      Blue Water Price from: £2670 Blue Water Price from: £2980 Blue Water Price from: £3300 Blue Water Price from: £3540 Blue Water Price from: £3770 Blue Water Price from: £4300 Blue Water Price from: £5830

2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • November
    • Nov 23rd - Barbados to Balboa - Sailing on: Star Flyer From: £2461
      Cat 6 Cat 5 Cat 4 Cat 3 Cat 2 Cat 1 Owners Suite
      Brochure Price from: £2790 Brochure Price from: £3100 Brochure Price from: £3420 Brochure Price from: £3660 Brochure Price from: £3890 Brochure Price from: £4420 Brochure Price from: £5950
      Blue Water Price from: £2461 Blue Water Price from: £2740 Blue Water Price from: £3028 Blue Water Price from: £3244 Blue Water Price from: £3451 Blue Water Price from: £3928 Blue Water Price from: £5305

Price Information

  • Guaranteed Single - Star Flyer 2018: £3480 2019: £3550 Royal Clipper £3640
  • Third Person - Star Flyer 2018: £1080 2019: £1150 Royal Clipper £1110
  • Port Charges - from £295pp
Map for Barbados and Panama