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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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Ruby Princess
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15 Night
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Leaving:San Francisco
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Island Princess
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15 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Caribbean Princess
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18 Night
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 26, 2022
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Emerald Princess
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15 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
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16 Night
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Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
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7 Night
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8 Reviews
Leaving:Colon
Cruise Line:Ponant
Jan 24, 2022
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80 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 6, 2023
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32 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 6, 2023
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59 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Jan 6, 2023
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33 Night
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190 Reviews
Leaving:Aruba
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Apr 16, 2022
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16 Night
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Leaving:Lima
Cruise Line:Silversea Cruises
Dec 21, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Nov 11, 2022
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17 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 24, 2023
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17 Night
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Leaving:San Diego
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Oct 6, 2021
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31 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Nov 19, 2022
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Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
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38 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Dec 1, 2021
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Leaving:Southampton
Cruise Line:P&O Cruises
Jan 6, 2023
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17 Night
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
Nov 17, 2021
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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Cruise Line:Viking Ocean Cruises
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31 Night
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Leaving:Buenos Aires
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 4, 2022
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17 Night
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 18, 2022
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21 Night
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Leaving:Miami
Cruise Line:Seabourn Cruise Line
Apr 28, 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... Read More
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bigdaddy930
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
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Dee4990
Panama was VERY hot and humid when we were there. Went to the mall and toured around Panama City on our own.... Read More
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SCOOTERNINJA
Not a whole lot to see here unless you like a downtown setting or a very old city... Read More
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