Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic cruises confirmed to operate in Panama
For this category, the Central American country is considered an exotic, unknown, little crowded and authentic destination
The Tourism Authority of Panama reported that the Lindblad Expeditions company has expressed its intention to operate cruises from the ports of Cristóbal and Amador during the years 2021-2022 through a letter of intent.
There are 6 operations in 2021 and 14 in 2022.
The company expresses its interest in availing itself of the benefits of the recently signed Executive Decree No. 274 that grants an incentive to reimburse an amount equivalent to the Panama Canal toll to cruise companies whose home port is in Panamanian territory, with the purpose of promoting that passengers stay in the country before or after their cruise trips, generating economic benefits for Panama.
One of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic itineraries aboard the MV Quest will be between Panama and Costa Rica, and begins or ends in Puerto Cristóbal, transiting through the Panama Canal and visiting the island of Barro Colorado, where the Smithsonian Institute of Investigaciones Tropicales operates a research center, considered "the most intensively studied tropical forest in the world."
This operation then sails to the Coiba National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, to continue to Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.
Another itinerary will take the MV Quest from Panama to Colombia, starting or ending in the new Port of Amador that is about to be inaugurated, it crosses the Panama Canal, with the opportunity to explore Barro Colorado and the Soberanía National Park, continues to Portobelo, another declared site A UNESCO World Heritage Site and sail along the shores of Guna Yala to Cartagena, Colombia.
ATP General Administrator Iván Eskildsen pointed out that “the small cruise segment supports the vision established in the Master Plan for Sustainable Tourism (PMTS) 2020-2025 to turn Panama into a world-class sustainable tourism destination.
For this category, Panama is considered an exotic, unknown, little crowded and authentic destination, and it allows us to explore our coasts in greater detail and, therefore, distribute the economic benefit of the responsible tourist throughout more destinations within Panama ”.
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic operations will include stays before and after each two-night trip in Panama City. Passengers are considered conscious travelers that the PMTS proposes as a target market segment, and for whom the tourist experiences that are developed through the Master Plan are mainly directed, under the Tourism-Conservation-Research strategy.