Panama Canal Cruises

There are all manner of unique experiences that you can enjoy whilst on a cruise holiday, and a trip along the Panama Canal is one of those things.

Linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, the Panama Canal is widely regarded as one of the greatest engineering projects ever carried out, having been man made in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Initially that was to improve trade links, with ships able to take a short cut through the canal instead of tackling the longer and more treacherous route around Cape Horn.

However, over time, the Panama Canal has become ever more popular with leisure vessels who now regularly make the roughly 50 mile trip along the route.

There are various cruise lines who offer trips that include a journey through the Panama Canal, usually alongside time sailing in the waters around either North or South America - or sometimes before heading off into the Caribbean.

A cruise along the Panama Canal provides the chance to take in stunning scenery throughout the Panamanian landscape, whilst invariably there will be chance to learn more about the country and the canal itself with onboard talks and presentations.

As well as enjoying your time cruising along the canal itself, you can take in the beauty of Gatun Lake and marvel at the engineering that went into the network of locks that allow huge ships to make their way through the canal - with the main locks lifting vessels 85 feet so they can make the trip.

Aside from the time you spend cruising along the canal, you could also explore the delights of historic Panama Viejo, take a ride on the historic Panama Canal Railway or take a ride through the trees on the aerial tram within the Soberania National Park.

Should the chance to cruise the Panama Canal come along, it's certainly worth taking…

Destination Highlights

Panama Canal Cruises Highlights


Cartagena is arguably one of the most impressive colonial cities to be found anywhere in South America and is the main port of call for those who find themselves on a trip that visits Colombia. Dat...

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Colón is located at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal and is widely regarded as the second city in the country after the capital Panana City. The city is visited by a number of cruise ships as t...

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a popular option for anyone heading for the Western side of the USA and the starting point for many cruises that are exploring the Pacific Coast. It’s the perfect place for anyone wi...

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If you are looking to spend some time enjoying the sunshine on a cruise along the East coast of the USA, then a visit to Miami is a must. The city is located in a part of Florida that enjoys relati...

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Panama City

Panama City is the capital and largest city in Panama and can be found close to the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal. It’s a stopping point for a number of ships that are cruising through the c...

About Panama City

Puerto Limón

Puerto Limón sits on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and features on the itinerary of a number of cruise lines that operate trips through the Panama Canal. Although the second largest city in the...

About Puerto Limón


Puntarenas is a popular port of call for ships that are sailing through the Panama Canal, with city acting as a gateway to some of the most impressive areas of Costa Rica. The coastal town is a pop...

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