After a fun stop in Key West, the ship heads to Belize City, then Roatan Island, Isla de Providencia, Puerto Limon and the San Blas Islands
Most Guna live in Kuna Yala, also known as the San Blas islands
, off the Caribbean coast of Panama.
On December 31, we were traveling through the San Blas Islands
. We went to one of the small islands, where we slept on the beach and celebrated New Year's Eve.
The San Blas Islands
outside Panama are regulated by the Kuna people who regulate and control the tourism on the islands.
Especially the ports of call, as our week-long Caribbean cruise route took us off the beaten track to Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, the tropical San Blas islands
and finally Cartagena in Colombia, a country which until a few years ago I never dreamed I'd visit.
Now that Thomson Dream has moved its winter home port from Barbados to Jamaica, exciting new itineraries include the rainforests of Costa Rica, the Panama Canal, colourful Colombia, the idyllic San Blas islands
, Cuba and Mexico.
The cruise ship will be calling at 16 new ports of call during its 2013-2014 schedules, including maiden calls at Spitsbergen, Norway; Bangor, Northern Ireland; Dingle, Ireland; Cartagena, Colombia; and the San Blas Islands
Whether it's hot air ballooning in Jaipur, tea with a Gurkha family, zip-lining in Honduras, horse riding in Uruguay, cruising in Antarctica, snorkeling in the San Blas Islands
in Panama, wildlife spotting in Guyana or walking the Inca trail in Peru, readers of the brochure are invited to engage with the many adventures available through Kuoni travel.
Light tackle angling was good in the San Blas Islands
as was the social life.
Longer cruises may add Grand Cayman; Corinto, Nicaragua; Santa Marta, Colombia; and the San Blas Islands
Until recently, the Panamanian capital was a place where travellers stopped only long enough to take a photo of the canal and do a bit of shopping, before moving on to the San Blas islands
or the country's other famous archipelago, Bocas del Toro, near the Costa Rican border.