When we landed, my girlfriend & I, in the hostel in panama city, we wanted to find out about boats to colombia. there was a few going but the one that suited us best, date wise, was Fritz the Cat. We googled it to see what reviews were like but there wasn´t alot of info on him. We met him in the hostel by chance 2 days before we left & he seemed nice so decided to book the trip with him. He was the most expensive but let me tell you, it was worth it. It was the best 5 days of our lives. We met at the pier in Portobello in Panama at 11 on the day of sailing. There was 13 passengers (5 Irish, 3 English, 2 Russian, 2 Swedish & one Argentinian, 4 crew (all who were really friendly), & 3 of the passengers even had their motorbikes with them. Even at that, there was loads of space. We had our own private cabin, as did 3 other couples, but most nights people slept outside to watch the stars. Fritz, the captian used to be a chef & has his deckhand trained brilliantly to cook. The food was amazing, fresh brown bread every morning. No two lunches or dinners were the same, the food was perfect every time. We had brough snacks with us, for a ¨"just incase", we brought them off the boat with us aswell. Loads of fresh fruit there for everyone. Because the boat is a catermaringue, it is really wide with 2 big trampolines out the front & one out the back, so there was oceans of space for everyone to lie around. Fritz himself, is an big, full of life austrian guy. He was the best craic ever & aswell as being friendly & helpfull with info. He brought us to the best places in the san blas islands, where the reefs are amazing. Unlike what some reviews had said that he was sexiest or made remarks towards women, they couldnt have being so wrong. All the women on the boat felt very comfortable around him & there was no sexist remarks at all.
The sailing was the smoothest ever, & there was never any trouble with the boat. There was also loads of gear for everyone for snorkling & you could go along with Fritz when he went spear fishing to help ctach dinner. There was never a problem drinking on board & we connected our ipods to speakers onboard so we could party when we wanted to.
There was always fresh juice made & loads of ice, until the last day when it was all gone. If people ever got hungry between meals, they were always welcome to help themselves to more bread & ham & cheeses & homemade marmalade from the fridge. He brought our passports to be stamped leaving Panama & then in Colombia, he did the same again, saving us so much hassle. We met him that night in a bar in Cartegena where he gave us back our passports with the stamps. (He pays the exit & entry fees for you, that is why he is a little more expensive, others just dump you off & you have to do it yourself). All 13 of us along with the crew partied the night away like we were the best of friends.
Basically, we had the best time ever & it has being the highlight of our trip. We couldnt recommend Fritz the Cat highly enough. & I think I can speak for all 13 of us who were on boat when I say that. I would defo go with Fritz the Cat again if I had the choice.