Friday, February 18, 2011

Cruise Port Review: Fuerte Amador

This is where we anchored after transiting the Panama Canal on our Coral Princess cruise. Tendering from here to shore took about 30 minutes. Fuerte Amador is the third of three islands connected to the mainland by a man-made causeway. There were restaurants and some shopping, including crafts. We spent a few minutes here after our Panama Canal Train Shore Excursion because I wanted to shop…specifically for molas and tagua jewelry.

Long story short is that I was very disappointed with what was available. I found no tagua jewelry and the molas in the shops were, in my opinion, of very poor quality. My husband got a ‘Panama’ hat for $4.50 and then we headed back to the ship.

If you are not taking a shore excursion and simply want a pleasant and safe place to take a walk, then come ashore. The causeways were nicely landscaped, with benches, and sidewalks. Otherwise, IMHO, there is no reason to leave the ship.

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