My husband and I did the Journey Between the Seas tour on the Discovery at the end of November. We cannot recommend this tour enough - what a wonderful way to experience the Panama Canal up close and personal. The catamaran was well equipped and very comfortable. All the staff were friendly, accommodating and eager to be of any assistance. Our guide, Iann, was extremely knowledgeable, and did a great job explaining the history, culture, and geography of the places we visited. This was the best way to experience the Panama Canal.
Cynthia Ronald. November 26, 2015
Hello Thelma ; My wife and I arrived home safe from Panama . I would like to share with you our impressions of the trip, The path Between The Seas. The Toscana Inn Hotel was very clean, the food was good and all the staff was courteous and professional. Katia , from the morning tour was also , courteous and professional. A good person to show us a little of Panama City . So far, so good.
The Discovery boat, the captain, the entire crew , the chefs, Ian , were all again, very helpful, extremely courteous ( they were aware of my diet restrictions and they fulfilled them) . The Discovery was clean and comfortable.
All the tours we took, The Darien Jungle with the Embera People, the other nature hikes and tours were all well presented and very interesting. For me the highlight of the trip was going through The Panama Canal. I studied the canal as a boy in school and to go through was for me a very fulfilling experience. To see the locks, the "water elevator " to see the large container ships pass through with just inches on both sides was, wonderful to behold. And again Ian , our guide was great. And he also played the drums one evening.
So, I wanted to share with you a "positive" experience. And thank you for all your support and patience with my many questions. You also, were very helpful, courteous, and professional. I will recommend this trip to anyone who asks me.
Thank you again, and all the best to you and to Panama Marine Adventures. Buenos Dias!!
Howard & Simone Silbersher. April 28, 2015
The crew were thoroughly profesional, very charming and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Full Works! a very well ran ship. Our guide Jose was top class, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, always helpful. A most enjoyable, well organised trip. Thanks all.
Virginia Fraser. March 26, 2015
Thought the whole trip was fantasstic. The crew were amazing and fishing with Héctor was great!! It was all interesting and we learn from Ian and Ocavio. Your crew really do make the trip a wonderful experience. We were lucky with such a nice bunch of guests that all got along well toghether also. I loved the air conditioning in the lunge a bit cold for me but I think it suited the majority. Thank you very much.
Josephine Jackson. October 31, 2014
The best thing about this cruise is the wonderful sense it gave us of Panama. The Discovery with its all panamanian cew, was the perfect introduction to your beautiful, friendly and gracious country. We will be back!
Deborah Abbott. October 31, 2014
Octavio and Iann were absolutely the best directors on our cruise. Their knowledge of nature, history and so much more was very interesting - and made our tour fascinating experience. I will never forget. The crew was always smiling, helpful, and fun.
Caroline Eklund. April 23rd, 2013
The pace of the trip was wonderful. The itinerary gave you alternate active days and quiet time. We have taken two other small boat trips and can rate this as one of the best. The crew was fabulous. Everyone was friendly and helpful. It was a pleasure to sail with everyone. Iann and Octavio were also great leaders and examples for the crew.
Vickie Parker. April 23rd, 2013
I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful experience. Having never done this before you completely changed my mind about adventure type travel vacations. The staff was absolutely PHENOMENAL, as was the food and the destinations. I loved every minute of the trip and I thank you so much for such a wonderful experience!
Charlotte Singer. April 23rd, 2013
I had an excellent time. Everything exceeded my expectations. Iann and Octavio were so patient and are so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. The whole group of passengers were great. I would rate my trip as one of the best ever. The captain and crew were all so friendly. Even the canal pilot was friendly and informative. Thanks.
Teri Montz. April 23rd, 2013
Office staff i.e. Thelma Bodden right through to guides and crew (boats, cooks, servers, etc) were all so efficient, friendly and ¨family¨- just as you had spoken of. We will go home and recommend this trip to our friends - and we will remember our experience with you forever. Thanks so much!
Edith Bioletti. October 23rd, 2012
Staff was very helpful in every way possible. Overall an enjoyable vacation for my family. I enjoyed meeting new friends from several countries. Staff was extremely patient and kind to everyone. They gave detail instructions and was very knowledgeable in all of the excursions on board.
Carol Gray. October 23rd, 2012
A most enjoyable trip seeing the working of the Panama Canal, my number one reason for coming. All the extras were a bonus for me and were most enjoyable, interesting and informative. Thelma Bodden from the office was most helpful; she answered quickly all my questions and concerns. I appreciated the fact that I could just use tape water to brush my teeth safely, was supplied with lots of bottle water to drink.
Ileen Brower. October 23rd, 2012
A very nice trip. Very much recommended.
Laura Brown, April 21st, 2012
Absolutely outstanding in every regard.
Archibald Brown. April 21st, 2012
Bill Gates visits the Panama Canal
Melinda and I recently took our kids on vacation to the Panama Canal. I know it’s not exactly a typical vacation destination (and we did spend a few days at the beach afterward).
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The Journey Between the Seas adventure!
Charles & Caroline Eklund are one of our most recent passengers on the April 23, 2013 voyage. They have an amazing blog with all their adventures including the Journey Between the Seas.
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"Discover what Panama has to offer"
Dannielle Hayes was one of our FAM trip participants on the February 7, 2008 voyage aboard the MV Discovery. This video is a collection of her experience in Panama, including the 7 nights on the Discovery.
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