Panama Canal Cruises

Experience the Man-Made Magic of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a man-made, 48-mile-long waterway that was created to connect the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This made sailing from the West Coast of the U.S. to the East Coast and South America — and beyond — far faster. Trade between nations has also increased due to this modern technological marvel.

Panama Canal cruises are sometimes split into two categories: partial and full transits. For instance, a partial transit might sail round trip from Fort Lauderdale, through Gatun Locks to Gatun Lake, and offer stops in beautiful Central American and Caribbean ports, including Cartagena, Limón, Ocho Rios, and Aruba.

Full transit Panama Canal cruises sail one way. You may depart from a west coast city such as Los Angeles or Vancouver, cruise through the Pedro Miguel, Gatun, and Miraflores Locks, and stop in the Caribbean and Central America before sailing up to an East Coast destination port like Miami.

Fleets that offer Panama Canal cruises are as luxurious or as low-key as you like. They include: Oceania, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian, and Seabourn.

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Acapulco City Orientation with Cliff Divers
$49

Experience the many highlights of Acapulco, including a show by the world-famous cliff divers!

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Cabo Golden Coast Cruise and Snorkel
$59

Snorkel the pristine waters of Cabo San Lucas. Afterwards, cruise to the famous Arch, the sea lion colony and Lovers Beach.

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Leisurely Rainforest Experience and Mir...
$109

Panama’s unique geographic location has resulted in a wealth of diversity in plant, animal, and bird life and the impassable rainforest around Gatun Lake.

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Stingray City and Two Snorkel Stops
$69

This motor boat trip (with an average group size of only 30 people) visits Stingray City and makes two snorkel stops at the Barrier Reef.

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Exclusive Puerto Vallarta City Tour
$58

Get to know the city from the perspective of a local.

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Puntarenas Area Highlights
$139

See the most important aspects of the Central Pacific Coast and the rich wildlife of this fascinating region on this exciting tour.

 
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  • chancerain Wednesday 82° | 79°
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Experience the Man-Made Magic of the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal is a man-made, 48-mile-long waterway that was created to connect the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. This made sailing from the West Coast of the U.S. to the East Coast and South America — and beyond — far faster. Trade between nations has also increased due to this modern technological marvel.

Panama Canal cruises are sometimes split into two categories: partial and full transits. For instance, a partial transit might sail round trip from Fort Lauderdale, through Gatun Locks to Gatun Lake, and offer stops in beautiful Central American and Caribbean ports, including Cartagena, Limón, Ocho Rios, and Aruba.

Full transit Panama Canal cruises sail one way. You may depart from a west coast city such as Los Angeles or Vancouver, cruise through the Pedro Miguel, Gatun, and Miraflores Locks, and stop in the Caribbean and Central America before sailing up to an East Coast destination port like Miami.

Fleets that offer Panama Canal cruises are as luxurious or as low-key as you like. They include: Oceania, Holland America, Princess, Norwegian, and Seabourn.

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Acapulco City Orientation with Cliff Divers
$49

Experience the many highlights of Acapulco, including a show by the world-famous cliff divers!

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Cabo Golden Coast Cruise and Snorkel
$59

Snorkel the pristine waters of Cabo San Lucas. Afterwards, cruise to the famous Arch, the sea lion colony and Lovers Beach.

cacorainfst
Leisurely Rainforest Experience and Mir...
$109

Panama’s unique geographic location has resulted in a wealth of diversity in plant, animal, and bird life and the impassable rainforest around Gatun Lake.

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Stingray City and Two Snorkel Stops
$69

This motor boat trip (with an average group size of only 30 people) visits Stingray City and makes two snorkel stops at the Barrier Reef.

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Exclusive Puerto Vallarta City Tour
$58

Get to know the city from the perspective of a local.

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Puntarenas Area Highlights
$139

See the most important aspects of the Central Pacific Coast and the rich wildlife of this fascinating region on this exciting tour.

 

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Book the Best Panama Canal Cruise for Less

CruiseDirect can help connect you with a cruise through the Panama Canal at the best price guaranteed. With no booking fees and flexible payment plans, you can experience a truly unique cruise experience within your budget. Cruises are our passion and we want to help you take the trip a lifetime: A trip down the Panama Canal that connects you with exciting ports is a truly unique vacation that will allow you to experience a monumental piece of technology and history while enjoying the relaxation and luxuries of a cruise.

Panama Canal Cruise Tips

  • Get up bright and early for a prime spot on the ship to get a good view of the canal. Spots on the bow and rear of the ship can get claimed quickly.
  • The Panama sun and heat is famously brutal. Make sure you've brought sunscreen and/or a protective hat. Crew members keep guests well-stocked with cool drinks and towels, and refreshing snacks.
  • Consider a shore excursion to have the greatest safety while exploring at port rather than traveling independently. Some cities like Colon and Puerto Limon have a reputation for crime.

Which Cruise Ships Go Through the New Panama Canal?

Panama Canal cruises are as luxurious or as low-key as you like. Cruise lines that send their ships through this area include:

  • Holland America
  • Princess
  • Norwegian
  • Seabourn
  • Azamara
  • Carnival
  • Celebrity
  • Crystal
  • Cunard
  • Disney
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Viking

What is the Best Month to Cruise the Panama Canal?

The cruise season runs from October to April. The best Panama Canal cruise weather is after the rainy season, which ends in November.

How Long Does It Take to Cruise the Panama Canal?

On average, it takes about eight to ten hours to travel through the Panama Canal. Note that Panama Canal cruises may include stops in many different ports before and after you transit the canal.