Panama Canal Cruises
Tropical jungles, exotic wildlife and an engineering masterpiece await you on a Panama Canal cruise.
A luxury cruise on the Panama Canal is the best way to experience one of man’s greatest feats of engineering. In recent times, Panama Canal cruises have become an increasingly popular choice of cruise holiday, particularly when combined with South America and Caribbean voyages. The journey along the 51-mile Panama Canal offers cruise ship guests stunning views of one of the world’s most naturally beautiful landscapes as it bends and arches its way through the heart of Panama’s lush tropical jungle.
Cruise through three sets of locks and experience the workings of this incredible engineering masterpiece as your cruise ship floats from sea level, up to 85 feet, and then back down again. Experience diverse and fascinating ports such as the San Blas Islands, Costa Rica’s Puerto Caldera and Guatemala’s Puerto Quetzal. It is all waiting for you on a Panama Canal cruise.
Panama Canal History
The Panama Canal has had a long and very interesting history. Originally started in 1881 by the French, work was stopped because of engineering problems, but in 1904 the American’s took over and it was finally completed and officially opened in August 1914.
The purpose of the canal was to bridge a divide between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean’s, so ships didn’t have to endure the lengthy and hazardous Cape Horn route around the southernmost tip of South America via the Drake Passage or Strait of Magellan.
When the Panama Canal first opened in 1914, the average amount of traffic per year was approx. 1000 ships, today it is upwards of 14,500 and that is a combination of passenger, pleasure and cargo vessels – the numbers are incredibly impressive.
Panama Canal Cruise 2016
We have a wide variety of Panama Canal cruises available for the 2016 and 2017 cruise seasons and each one offers something unique.
Several of our available voyages offer full transits of the Panama Canal, which will see you sail from the Atlantic Ocean through the canal and then out into the Pacific, and some offer what we call a ‘partial transit’. A partial transit is when a ship enters a specific lock – Gatun Locks for example – spends time in the waters of the Lagoon then simply turns and goes back out the way it came in. Although you don’t get to experience the entire canal system on a partial transit, it is a very interesting addition to voyages that are staying on the Atlantic side and it gives you the opportunity to see the workings of this engineering masterpiece first hand.
Luxury Panama Canal cruises are offered with some of the world’s most distinguished cruise lines, including Regent Seven Seas Cruises,Seabourn, Celebrity Cruises,Holland America Line, P&O Cruises,Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Windstar Cruises and Swan Hellenic.
Panama Canal Cruise Shore Excursions
Going between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific by cruise ship is an amazing experience and exciting shore excursions will only add to your Panama Canal adventure. Everything is offered, from city tours to exciting canopy rides and kayaking, and these are just a few of the options:
In Puntarenas, visit the Arenal Volcano and see the famous rain forests at PuraVidaGardens; In Panama there are fabulous nature tours, including the Gamboa Rain Forest Aerial Tram, which allows you to view one of Central America’s most famous rainforests; In Guatemala, a tour of Tikal National Park will take you back over 2,000 years to the ancient Mayan city of Tikal with over 4,000 unique structures, including the amazing Hieroglyphic Stairway; and as you glide through the air on a rainforest canopy tour in Costa Rica, you can look out for the areas native wildlife.
Book your Panama Canal cruise with The Cruise Line
If you are looking for a luxury Panama Canal cruise then we highly recommend you contact us today for details of our best 2016/2017 offers. Founded in 1993, The Cruise Line has established a reputation for offering clients outstanding customer service alongside highly competitive pricing and special offers.
For further details, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please select your preferred voyage from the selection below and make an online enquiry