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.
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.
Vasco da Gama is a comfortable and stylish vessel with great on board entertainment, perfect for this lengthy journey.
- Tilbury (London) - Auckland
- Pacific,Caribbean,Western Europe
You can make the most of the beautiful Colombian Caribbean coast with stops in Cartagena and Santa Marta.
- Miami - Los Angeles
- Central America,Caribbean,Pacific
Make sure to visit the picturesque Old Town of Cartagena in Colombia.
- Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale
- Caribbean,Central America,North America
- December 2019 - April 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cayos Holandes or the Dutch Keys are a group of remote islands, the furthest from the mainland of Panama. They are surrounded by coral reefs full of marine life which make a great location for snorkeling.
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.
Portobelo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a port city in Colón Province, Panama. Portobelo was as a center for silver exporting before the mid-eighteenth century and destruction in the War of Jenkins' Ear. It's ruins from the Spanish colonial period are astounishing, and quite an adventure.
Fort San Lorenzo is located on a cliff at the entrance to the Changres river. The fort has a rich cultural history, as one of the oldest Spanish forts in America. It dates back to the 16th Century and in 1980 became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruisers are recommended to book a tour to get the most out of visiting the fort. For anyone more interested in nature than history, there are also plenty of places to hike and see wildlife in the area.
Located near the Colombian border Puerto Pina offers breathtaking landscapes and tropical environment. A beautiful sand beach located to the south of the town is a classical example of a scenic Panamanian location filled with palm trees and spectacular valleys and great for cruisers wanting to soak up the sun. The area is also home to dolphins and humpback whales so make sure not to forget your camera.
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.
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