Panama Canal Cruises
From the glitz and glamour of the popular A-list resorts of the Western Caribbean to some of the remotest terrain in Central America, it is hard to imagine the contrasts to be experienced on Panama Canal cruises.
Often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, the Panama Canal took over 400 years to complete, under the rule of Spanish kings and over five different American Presidents. A cruise along its waters is an exhilarating adventure, with a series of locks raising the ship 85 feet above sea level before lowering it once more on the other side.
As well as a choice between partial and full voyages down the 51-mile long canal, there are a wealth of different ports to visit, which stretch across Florida, the Caribbean and both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Mexico.
Offered during the winter months of November to April, Panama Canal cruises offer a varied and exciting sunshine break. With most major cruise lines making the passage through the canal, the dates and destinations you desire are sure to be available.
Holland America has the greatest number of departures aboard its fleet of luxury liners. Celebrity Cruises also offers a choice of either east or west-bound 15-day itineraries embarking from San Diego or Fort Lauderdale. Browse our selection of Panama Canal cruises and set sail on the cruise of a lifetime, crossing both hemispheres and two continents.
See the coastlines of the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans from the vantage points of Norwegian Cruise Line’s most innovative ship, the Norwegian Pearl. With over 20 different dining options, 13 bars and lounges, an onboard casino, bowling alley and spa, there’s plenty for all the family to do on any days spent at sea. For a luxury escape that lets you unwind and experience the best in 5-star service and amenities, the Island Princess also makes the crossing several times each season.
Choose between a partial transit through the canal with a convenient round-trip from the Sunshine State’s Fort Lauderdale, or a lengthier full transit from ocean to ocean with Princess Cruises. The 7-day partial transit will take you through the Gatun locks, and call at the paradise islands of Aruba, Puerto Rico, and Grand Cayman, in addition to exploring the Colombian city of Cartagena and Panama’s Colon. Explore the boutiques and restaurants of Cartagena, once Spain’s gateway to the wealth of South America, and a destination just as steeped in history as it once was in riches. The colonial architecture of this fortified city whispers of the secrets of El Dorado and is a magical experience.
For a truly extravagant cruise experience, set sail on the Sea Princess from Dover for a 29-day transatlantic cruise which calls at Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo and the beautiful Faroe Islands. It then sails for the bright lights of New York, the Caribbean Islands of Antigua, Barbuda and Curacao, before taking the full transit through the Panama Canal shortcut to Puerto Rico and finally LA. When in Puerto Rico, escape the tourist hoards and head for the tropical middle, where the mountains soar to over 13,000 feet above sea level on an island that is often hailed as the Switzerland of the Americas.
Holland America’s 20-night Panama Cruise experience also includes Canada on its list of destinations. This exciting itinerary sees the MS Amsterdam set sail from Fort Lauderdale before stopping off at Aruba, Costa Rica and exotic Nicaragua before calling in at Huatulco, Puerta Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. North American destinations include San Diego, Avalon, Victoria and Vancouver. Once in Vancouver, test out your land legs with a tour of its galleries, markets, boutiques and restaurants. Don’t miss Stanley Park’s 1,000 acres of forests, gardens, lakes and lawns nestled in the very heart of the city.