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Discover Panama aboard our privately chartered M/S Discovery

Once the exclusive province of large ocean liners, a Panama Canal transit is a travel milestone. Grand Circle Cruise Line allows you to experience this historic engineering marvel aboard the comfortable and intimate M/S Discovery—our privately chartered catamaran. With all outside cabins with private baths and convivial common areas, your time onboard will be carefree and relaxing. And, as you cruise from one captivating destination to the next, our friendly, English-speaking crew will attend to your needs with dedication and care.

Settle into your comfortable outside cabin

The M/S Discovery features 12 outside cabins—eight cabins have queen beds and four have twin beds. Each one includes panoramic windows for expansive river views, and a private bath with sink, shower, toilet, and 100-volt electrical outlets.

Enjoy the company of your small group as you cruise the Canal Zone

Launched in 2004, this 108-foot vessel is designed specifically for small group exploration. When you’re not relaxing in your cabin, bond with fellow travelers over a meal in the ship’s restaurant, share a drink in the lounge, or observe passing scenery from the Sun Deck as you wind through the Canal Zone. With a maximum of 23 other travelers, you’ll explore the Canal Zone with your expert, resident Program Director and crew of nine.

Enjoy a complete daylight transit—guaranteed

At Grand Circle Cruise Line, we’re travelers ourselves. We knew that if we wanted to discover the Panama Canal, the only way to go would be a complete transit on a small ship in daylight hours. We soon learned that the only international small ship cruise ships that transit the canal usually do so at night. The experience is illuminated by floodlights, but we still felt that we would miss more than we would see. Then we learned about the 24-passenger Discovery: Her design specifications allow her to transit the Panama Canal by daylight. Her small size allows her to moor overnight in the Canal Zone and with Zodiacs and kayaks onboard, we can go exploring in true Grand Circle Cruise Line style.

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