Panama Crossing by Small Ship

The small-ship line Un-Cruise has just announced its first itinerary in Panama, which includes transiting the Panama Canal. Beginning in 2017, weeklong itineraries aboard the 64-passenger Safari Voyager will be staged round-trip out of Panama City, though travelers initially cross the isthmus overland to catch the ship on the Caribbean side in Colón. It then sails for two days among the islands of Guna Yala before making its way through the canal. Pacific-side highlights include hiking in the Punta Patiño Nature Reserve in the Darién jungle and sailing among the Pearl Islands with opportunities for kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and whale watching. The first departure takes place April 29, 2017, and weekly cruises will continue through September. Fares start at $4,395 per person, double occupancy.