Panama Canal Cruises

The largest engineering project of it's time, first thought of in the 16th century, is now a passage way for up to 14000 ships every year - discover it's many fascinating features cruising along the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal

Stretching for more than 70 kilometers, the Panama Canal is one of the most impressive man-made phenomenon on Earth. The Panama Canal provides a route through Central America and also an opportunity to marvel at the amazing scenery and structures that surround it. Boasting a scenic passage through tropical and exciting Panama you can expect a journey that is sure to be a memorable one.


The importance of the Panama Canal comes from its linking of two of the world's immense oceans - the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. As a result of this the Canal has become such a major route in the world today, so much so that ships worldwide have been designed specifically to fit it dimensions of this Canal. A chance to cruise throughout the Panama Canal is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You will find an abundance of history and beauty as you cruise through stunning Central America.


As well as the remarkable engineering there are also a number of stunning destinations to marvel at and explore during a cruise through the Panama Canal.

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  Cruises from United States
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale via Tauranga
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale via Tauranga
37 Nights with the Queen Victoria
 21.01.2021
p.p.from $9,689
Sail with the Queen Victoria from Fort Lauderdale
Sail with the Queen Victoria from Fort Lauderdale
56 Nights with the Queen Victoria
 21.01.2020
p.p.from $14,579
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles
Expedition with Princess Cruises from Los Angeles
111 Nights with the Pacific Princess
 20.01.2020
p.p.from $31,269
112 day cruise with the Pacific Princess to Fort Lauderdale
112 day cruise with the Pacific Princess to Fort Lauderdale
111 Nights with the Pacific Princess
 05.01.2020
p.p.from $31,289
Journey with the Queen Victoria to San Francisco from Fort Lauderdale
Journey with the Queen Victoria to San Francisco from Fort Lauderdale
16 Nights with the Queen Victoria
 21.01.2021
p.p.from $4,659
  15+ Night Cruises
Half World Grand Escapade
Half World Grand Escapade
56 Nights South Pacific, ...
 Vasco da Gama
 06.10.2019
p.p.from $9,399
51 day cruise from Tilbury
51 day cruise from Tilbury
50 Nights with the Columbus
 06.01.2020
p.p.from $7,199
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale via Tauranga
Sailing from Fort Lauderdale via Tauranga
37 Nights with the Queen Victoria
 21.01.2021
p.p.from $9,689
Cruise with the Columbus from Rotterdam
Cruise with the Columbus from Rotterdam
49 Nights with the Columbus
 07.01.2020
p.p.from $7,199
Sail with the Queen Victoria from Fort Lauderdale
Sail with the Queen Victoria from Fort Lauderdale
56 Nights with the Queen Victoria
 21.01.2020
p.p.from $14,579
  2019 Cruises
Half World Grand Escapade
Half World Grand Escapade
56 Nights South Pacific, ...
 Vasco da Gama
 06.10.2019
p.p.from $9,399
Delightful sail from Tilbury with Cruise and Maritime Voyages
Delightful sail from Tilbury with Cruise and Maritime Voyages
58 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
 09.10.2019
p.p.from $7,897
Cruise with Cruise and Maritime Voyages from Tilbury
Cruise with Cruise and Maritime Voyages from Tilbury
53 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
 09.10.2019
p.p.from $7,634
16 day expedition on board the Vision of the Seas from Los Angeles
16 day expedition on board the Vision of the Seas from Los Angeles
15 Nights with the Vision of the Seas
 01.12.2019
p.p.from $1,867
Cruise with the Vasco da Gama to Auckland from Tilbury
Cruise with the Vasco da Gama to Auckland from Tilbury
49 Nights with the Vasco da Gama
 09.10.2019
p.p.from $7,057
Our Recommendations
Teresa
12 day cruise with the ms Zuiderdam to Fort Lauderdale
See the best of the Panama region and the sun in Florida!
Our advice:
MS Zuiridam is comfortable and stylish with great on board entertainment.

  • Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale
  • Caribbean,South America,Panama Canal,Canada and the USA East Coast,North America,Central America
  • October 2019 - April 2020

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Harvey
Trip from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego, California via Puerto Quetzal
Sail from Florida to California and take in the best of the Panama region over 18 nights
Our advice:
Sample some of the fabulous local cruise and don't forget your camera!

  • Fort Lauderdale - San Diego, California
  • Pacific,Canada and the USA East Coast,Panama Canal,Caribbean,USA West Coast,Central America,North America
  • 05.04.2020

from $3,449
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Jan
Expedition with Royal Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale
An unforgettable adventure taking you to Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and more.
Our advice:
Make sure to visit the picturesque Old Town of Cartagena in Colombia.

  • Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale
  • Caribbean,South America,Panama Canal,Canada and the USA East Coast,North America,Central America
  • December 2019 - April 2020

from $1,602
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Panama Canal Ports
Panama Canalfrom
$1,539

The Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans together. Since the canals opening in 1914, this channel has become one of the most important waterways in the world, earning itself the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Over 815,000 ships have traveled this canal in the last 100 years. Not only does the Panama Canal allow for passage between two of most immense oceans but it also provides great access to some of the most culture rich and vibrant destinations in Panama.

Highlights of Panama Canal
  • First opened in 1914, It's one of the worlds greatest engineering feats
  • Provides access to someof the most beautiful destinations in the Central Americas
  • Allows ships to pass between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean in under eight hours
Colón, Panamafrom
$1,289

Colón is located in Limon Bay, at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal and is traditionally referred to as “Panama’s second city”. On the decline since the 1960’s due to politically instigated riots and Panama’s subsequent military dictatorships, Colón has undergone an impressive restoration and renovation project since 2014. Now is an exciting time to visit the city as its brand new facelift has brought positivity and hope back to locals. Historic buildings and monuments, along with public parks and other infrastructure are the focus of #RenovationColon.

Highlights of Colón
  • Enjoy Gatun Locks, if you either pass through them onboard, or just sit and watch the activity here
  • Fort San Lorenzo is a 1595 fortress built during the reign of King Phillip II
  • Enjoy a train ride through the jungle along the Panama Canal Railway

Fuerte Amador, Panamafrom
$2,074

Fuerte Amador is a small Pacific island which is known as the gateway to Panama City. A one-mile man made causeway connects four small islands. The island is dotted with restaurants and shops, so there's plenty to discover. With many reliable taxis at the port there's a quick way to get around to other destinations too. Panama is 20 miles away from Fuerte Amador so a stop in the port is a great opportunity to book an excursion to see the city.

Highlights of Fuerte Amador
  • Cheap taxis to many destinations in Panama
  • Great panoramic views of the city of Panama
  • Numerous excursions to suit every taste
Balboa, Panamafrom
$2,889

Balboa is a port city in Panama and is located on the Pacific coast, at the entrance of the Panama Canal. Founded by the United States during the construction of the Panama Canal, Balboa is named after the Spanish conquistador, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, credited with discovering the Pacific Ocean. As one of the busiest ports in Latin America, there's sure to be something for everyone here from sights like the Administration Building, Mi Pueblito Afroantillano and the monument Homenaje a la Democracia.

Hightlights of Balboa
  • Scenic views of Ancon Hill from which a set of locks of the Canal can be seen
  • A host of historical buildings and monuments such as the Goethals Memorial
  • A rich embrace and display of culture with lots of guided and unguided tours to help explore this
Cristóbal, Panamafrom
$1,999

Cristobal is located on the Atlantic coast of Panama. The seaport dates back to 1850. Cristobal is the starting point for many trips around the Panama Canal. Initially just a few streets as a base for Panama Railroad Company in the 1850's, the French inter-Oceanic Canal Company later developed the area using waste dirt from the building of the Panama Canal to go on to make the city of Cristobal. The city has many shopping centers and you will also find a historic church.

Highlights of Cristobal
  • Enjoy fantastic old architecture and history around the area known as Steamboat Row
  • Be sure to see the old churches Christ Church by the Sea and the St. Mary's Academy's Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
  • Explore Central America with the world's first transcontinental railway
Gatún Lake, Panamafrom
$2,719

Gatún Lake is an artificial lake in Panama and makes up part of the Panama Canal. It formerly held the title of being the largest artificial lake in the world.

Highlight of Gakún Island
  • Forestation around Gakún Lake provides an undisturbed, natural habitat for native Central American animal and plant life.
  • Fishing for Peacock Bass in Lake Gatún is a favoured pastime of locals
  • Barro Colorado Island is the largest Island on the lake, run as a scientific research centre fro tropical animals and wildlife.
Isla Parida, Panamafrom
On Request

Isla Parida is part of Paridas archipelago which consists of 50 uninhabited tropical islands off Panama's Pacific coast. Known for it's natural beauty, the group of islands has been under UNESCO protection since 1994. Most cruisers choose to spend their time on or in the water when in Isla Parida and the most popular activities tend to be diving and fishing. Nature lovers can also go to the National Marine Park which offers over 36,000 acres of land and sea to discover.

Highlights of Isla Parida
  • Numerous affordable fishing tour groups
  • National Marine Park
  • Beautiful white sandy beaches and clear waters
San Blas Islands, Panamafrom
$7,770

The San Blas Islands are an archipelago of 365 islands in the Caribbean Sea inhabited by indigenous people who's traditions and culture still hold true and unspoiled to this day, making for a vibrant and colorful visit. Crystal-clear sea waters, white sandy beaches, the blue sky and palm trees create a truly beautiful scenery for you to enjoy. Take a dip in the waters to uncover some beautiful corals and other exciting marine life! The residents of San Blas Islands are known for their warmth and will certainly give you a warm reception!

Highlights of The San Blas Islands
  • Vibrant, unspoiled culture and way of life of the Kuna people
  • Warm, clear, shallow waters to go snorkling
  • Sample the local cuisines of freshly caught fish, lobster and crab generally included in any hotel stays
Panama City, Panamafrom
$11,789

Panama is the capital of the State of Panama in Central America. Panama doesn't just have cultural significance, it is also the economic and political center of the Panama region. The famous Panama Canal is one of the main attractions along with the presidential palace and the old town quarter of Casco Viejo.

Highlights of Panama City
  • A great mix of styles in Architecture throughout the city
  • A host of World Heritage sites including Panamá Viejo, Casco Viejo and The Cinta Costera 3
  • The cathedral at Plaza de la Catedral
Bocas del Toro, Panamafrom
$9,720

The Bocas the Toro Archipelago comprises seven islands in the Caribbean Sea off the northwest coast of Panama. Bocas Town is the capital of the province and the "big city" with the main shopping and nightlife possibilities. The area is a beloved destination for eco-tourism tours and adventure lovers. Besides the beautiful beaches, the islands offer plenty of outdoor activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, surfing and hiking.

Highlights of Bocas del Toro
  • Great diversity in marine-life make for great scuba diving
  • Wide range of surfing spots which cater for different all different levels
  • Take a boat ride with local captains to go fishing for small Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Pelagics
Playa Muerto, Panamafrom
$5,520

Playa Muerto is a small village located in the south east of Panama, it is part of the beautiful Darien National Park. The village is home to the people of the Embera Indian tribe, who are believed to have moved to the area during the 16th century. The population has been rapidly declining though, the remoteness of the place means the locals have very few possibilities to earn money and survive in the village. This same remoteness also allowed the area to preserve its uniqueness, making it into an almost untouched paradise.

Highlights of Playa Muerto
  • Relax on one of the world's most remote natural beaches
  • Enjoy a traditional local dance performance
  • Stock up on souvenirs made by the tribe people
Limon Bay, Panamafrom
On Request

Limon Bay is at the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal, and its breakwaters protect the shores of the cities of Cristóbal and Colón. Colón has undergone an impressive restoration and renovation project since 2014, and the city’s facelift has brought positivity and hope back to locals, while Cristóbal, now a part of the larger city of Colón has some beautiful architecture of historical significance.

Highlights of Limon Bay
  • Fort San Lorenzo is a 1595 fortress built during the reign of King Phillip II
  • Enjoy a train ride through the jungle along the Panama Canal Railway to Panama City
  • Take a trip to the tranquil island of Isla Grande

Pearl Islands, Panamafrom
On Request

The Pearl Islands are a group of 100 or more islands, many of which are tiny and uninhabited, lying about 30 miles off the Pacific coast of Panama in the Gulf of Panama. Some of these islands are privately owned featuring hotels and offering small, quiet, clear beaches where you can sunbathe, swim and snorkel.

Highlights of Pearl Islands
  • Clean, quiet beaches for sunbathing, swimming and snorkeling
  • Excursions to other small, uninhabited islands
  • Clean and clear waters to marvel at the local marine life
Darién, Panamafrom
$6,030

Darién is a province of Panama near the border with Colombia. The capital is La Palma. Darién extends from the Gulf of Darién and Urabá of the Caribbean Sea to the Gulf of San Miguel of the Pacific Ocean and is a heavily wooded, hilly area.

Highlights of Darién

  • Raw, unspoiled indigenous culture
  • The missing link of the Pan-American Highway
  • The most sparsely populated area of Panama
Isla de Coiba, Panamafrom
On Request

The island of Isla de Coiba is located off the Pacific coast of Panama and is surrounded by fine white sand beaches and mangroves. It is the largest island in Panama, and offers a lot of natural beauty. The relative isolation means that several species can only be found on this island.

Highlights of Isla de Coiba
  • Home to many subspecies of wildlife indigenous to only Isla de Coiba
  • Coiba National Park is kown a Unesco World Heritage Site
  • One of the last known places in Central America for the Scarlet Macaw to inhabit
Panama Canal

The Panama Canal in Central America is the link between the Atlantic and the Pacific, making it one of the most important shipping routes in the world. One of the best ways to explore the canal is on one of the many cruise ships that sail through the canal every year. The advantage of a cruise through the Panama Canal is that it is mostly included in other cruises, so you have the opportunity to meet several different parts of the continent, all in one trip. Discover the sandy beaches of the Caribbean and the exoticism of Central and South America. As the narrow bottleneck between the North and South American continents is very busy, you have the opportunity to get to know the ships from all over the world, and experience the different cultures.

A cruise through the Panama Canal takes you through a very special country. Although it is very small and most is also rather unknown, it has many interesting corners to offer that can explore and rest in peace during a Panama Canal cruise. It goes without saying that you do not have to give up any of the amenities you are accustomed. Service and quality are also at the top of these trips. During the cruise you will experience some technical wonders. As you travel through the Panama Canal you will experience sophisticated technology to get from the Colón on the Atlantic to Balboa on the Pacific coast. The water level from the Atlantic and the Pacific is different. These must be overcome during a ride. Locks were set up for this purpose. You should not miss a trip through such a sluice and watch the deck. The cruise ship with which you will put into sea is also technically interesting.

Relax on the cruise- During the trip you will spend some time on the boat. Enjoy this time and pamper yourself in the wellness area. Numerous masseurs will massage you according to the latest and best techniques and you will relax. But also for sports enthusiasts is on a cruise ship enough space. Jog in the early morning sunshine and enjoy the view of the vast expanses of the sea. Also a visit to the gym is not a problem, because there is on the ship with which you will experience your cruise.

Cruises through the Panama Canal- During a cruise that takes you through the Panama Canal you will be able to get to know some countries, such as Colombia and Costa Rica. They have the opportunity to get to know the culture and history of the respective countries. Immerse yourself in the fascination of the flora and fauna of the regions, which are approached on the cruise through the Panama Canal. Be amazed by the landscape around the Panama Canal and discover the San Blas Islands, Fuerte Amador or other regions. Discover the city of Fuerte Amador and its wonderful sights on a country trip. Go shopping for heart and take souvenirs with you at home. So you have a wonderful memory of this cruise.

For more information about booking a cruise down the Panama Canal call our cruise experts today on 1300 887 590.