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Panama Canal Cruises

Panama Canal Cruises

Panama Canal cruises are a bucket-list trip, showcasing an engineering marvel built in 1914 by 80,000 workers, a monumental masterpiece in history. A cruise through the Panama Canal is a voyage like no other, seamlessly blending the wonder of human engineering with the allure of lush tropical landscapes. This man-made marvel, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, has become an iconic destination.

Spanning 48 miles of shimmering waters, ships traverse three sets of locks; Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores. It’s Earth’s most scenic shortcut and a monumental achievement of mankind.

Cruises to the Panama Canal are available year-round, with the best time to visit depending on your priorities. The dry season, from December to April, offers ideal weather for sightseeing and outdoor activities. In contrast, the wet season, from May to November, brings lush green landscapes and is a great time for nature enthusiasts.

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Some of the highlights of a cruise along the Panama Canal are:


Colón, a bustling city on the Caribbean coast of Panama, serves as the gateway to the Panama Canal and offers a mix of cultural diversity and vibrant markets. With its rich history, visitors can explore the colonial architecture and immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere of this significant maritime hub.

Panama City

Panama City is a modern metropolis that harmoniously blends skyscrapers with historic sites like Casco Viejo, a UNESCO-listed old town. Nestled at the crossroads of two oceans, the city boasts a thriving cultural scene, world-class cuisine, and easy access to the marvels of the Panama Canal.

Panamanian rainforest

The Panamanian rainforest, a lush and biodiverse ecosystem, teems with an incredible variety of flora and fauna, from vibrant tropical plants to elusive jaguars and colourful birds. Wander through its dense foliage to discover hidden waterfalls, ancient trees, and an enchanting world of natural wonders.


When is the best time to visit the Panama Canal?

The best time to take a cruise holiday to the Panama Canal depends on the region you want to explore and the specific experiences you’re seeking.

The best time to visit the Panama Canal is during the dry season, which typically extends from mid-December to mid-April. This period offers the most favourable weather conditions for touring the canal and its surrounding areas.

Rainfall is minimal, and the skies are mostly clear, ensuring excellent visibility for observing the canal’s operations and the impressive engineering marvel it represents. It’s also a time when you can comfortably explore nearby attractions, such as Panama City and its historic district, Casco Viejo.

It’s also essential to consider factors like local holidays, festivals and peak tourist seasons. It’s always a good idea to consult with one of our cruise agents who will give you the best advice!

Which cruise lines sail the Panama Canal

 Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity CruisesExplora Journeys, Holland America, Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, Marella Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal CaribbeanSeabourn, Silversea CruisesViking Ocean Cruises & Windstar Cruises.

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