Discovery Cruise Ship, Panama


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Launched in late 2004, the 33-metre-long Discovery has 12 cabins. Each voyage has just 24 guests, meaning you can experience an intimate and peaceful cruise with high standards of customer care. Accessing the boat is easy thanks to inclusive transfers. The air-conditioned cabins have a private bathroom and large full-wall windows from where you can watch the outside world in comfort and privacy; you can spend a lazy morning in bed and still enjoy the vistas! Great views are also available from public areas, with floor-to-ceiling windows in the lounge, bar, and dining room. The sundeck is another terrific vantage point. When it comes to mealtimes, dine on delicious cuisine from Panama or enjoy an al fresco BBQ, accompanying your dishes with inclusive drinks. Kayaks are available and entering / returning from the water is hassle free with the special lowering and lifting platform.

Spend seven days exploring Panama from the comfort of the Discovery, departing from Panama City and finishing in Portobelo, returning to Panama City by train, or vice versa. Meet the Embera Indians of the Darien Jungle and learn about their traditional way of life and their culture that has endured for hundreds of years. Swim, snorkel, and kayak around the Pearl Islands, journey along the Panama Canal, passing through several locks, and explore the picturesque Gatun Lake. Discover an array of wildlife at the stunning Barro Colorado Island, keeping your eyes peeled for crocodiles, sloths, monkeys, and iguanas, as well as diverse colourful birdlife, and journey to the historic Fort San Lorenzo along the wildlife-rich Chagres River. Explore the colonial legacies of Portobelo before taking the scenic train ride back to Panama City.    

The ten-person crew is waiting to extend a warm welcome aboard the Discovery, and members of the team will try hard to make sure you have a memorable Panamanian adventure. Book your trip today to avoid disappointment; call us or book online to finalise your travel plans.

Book with Confidence!

We want you to be able to book your dream liveaboard trip with confidence during these unprecedented times. We're working together with some liveaboard operators to offer you complete reassurance, so you can start planning your next vacation and have an amazing trip to look forward to in the future.

Our 'Flexible Booking Conditions' mean that if travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of the country you are travelling to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) so you are unable to travel, then by booking this liveaboard you will have the option of:

- A full refund with no cancellation penalties up to 30 days before departure


- The opportunity to move your booking to another date for the same liveaboard up to 24 months from the original departure date with no rebooking fees

Applies to all new bookings placed from 1 June to 31 July 2020 for travel between 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2021.

*The above policies are subject to change without further notice. Rebooking is subject to availability and may be subject to price changes. Applicable to new bookings only. Offer is not retroactive and does not apply to previous bookings which are being rescheduled.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, National Park Fees, Port Fees, Alcoholic Beverages, Alcoholic Drinks at Dinner, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Soft Drinks at Meal Times, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Special Dinner, Fishing, Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkeling Guide, Beach Towels, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Hotel Transfer, Local Flights.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

* Extra fees are shown per person.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Kayaks On-Board
  • Naturalist Itineraries
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Leisure Deck
  • Observation Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Naturalist Guide
  • Fishing

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Beer available
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Full-board Option

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.

Languages Spoken

The crew speaks English and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is equipment available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Discovery Panama Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2004
  • Length 33m
  • Beam 9.75m
  • Top speed 18 Knots
  • Cruising speed 15 Knots
  • Engines 2 x Detroit diesel mtu series 60 740 hp
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 12
  • Number of bathrooms 13
  • Water capacity 6000L
  • Freshwater maker 500L/hr

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Discovery Reviews

  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • 2 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Activities
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Robert R
  • United States United States
A once in a lifetime experience

Seeing the canal up close on a small ship. Visiting the villagers in Durian Jungle The day on the beach at the Pearl Islands and fabulous seafood lunch. Our guide, Ian was knowledgable, enthusiastic and worked so hard to make the trip perfect. The crew were friendly, professional and the food was wonderful! We enjoyed getting to know our fellow passengers.

Recommended for
The ship, the guide, the cuisine
Origin: US