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Panama Canal The Panama Canal is an amazing experience that should not be missed. Built from 1904 through 1914, the canal acts as a key component for international maritime trade. Stretching over 48 miles, it links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Named one of the seven moderns wonders of the world, the Panama Canal is a breathtaking feat of modern engineering. Twice a year, one way cruises sail through the Canal’s impressive locks as the ships reposition themselves between the Caribbean and Alaska. A Panama Canal cruise offers travelers the best of both the east and the west.

The Canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects in the world. The Gatun Locks provide a much needed service in the Canal. The locks, which have a total of six steps, limit the maximum size of ships which can travel the canal, known as the Panamax. Together, the locks raise enormous cargo and cruise ships alike from sea level to a height of 85 feet (25.9m). Viewing the Gatun Locks is an amazing experience and one that cannot be ignored on a journey through the Canal.

Panama Canal Cruises are available with a variety of itineraries. Some offer the convenience of departing from and returning to the same port. Others offer full transit – a way to travel from one coast to the other. If you’re interested in spending more time, spend two weeks – up to 17 days – traveling from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego or even New York City to Los Angeles. More often than not, Panama Canal Cruises are combined with other cruises back to back as a way to create longer, more diverse vacation experiences. Planning a journey has never been easier with various trip lengths; it’s possible to plan the perfect short getaway or a month long expedition.

Cruising through the Panama Canal offers a way to spend time in diverse ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America as well as South America and Mexico. “From the beauty and serenity of Fuerte Amador, Panama to the lovely shores of Puerto Limon, Costa Rica, this beautiful land has delighted travelers for ages.”

There are many cruise lines that travel through the Canal, including:

There are many embarkation ports for a Panama Canal Cruise, including:

Choosing to cruise through the Panama Canal allows you to experience a modern marvel first hand. Delighting travelers for years, the Panama Canal continues to be a phenomenon worth seeing. Don’t hesitate, book your Panama Canal cruise experience today!


Windstar Cruise

Imagine the experience of cruising on a private yacht and visiting ports off of the beaten path. From the Mediterranean to Northern Europe to the Caribbean and the Panama Canal, Windstar Cruises offers a unique luxury cruise experience combining the refinement of a sophisticated hotel with the opportunity to explore exotic locals and hidden harbors. A luxury Windstar cruise pampers guests in an atmosphere of casual elegance. All of the Windstar ships exude a private yacht like atmosphere where service is attentive without being intrusive.

Windstar staterooms all feature ocean views, luxury linens, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, Bose SoundDock speakers for iPods, safe, mini-bar/refrigerator, direct dial phone, waffle-weave robes with slippers and sumptuous L’Occitane products. Wind Surf suites also include an extra bath, TV and sitting area while Wind Surf bridge suites give guests the additional luxury of a spacious private living room and relaxing whirlpool spa.

Dining aboard a Windstar cruise is a gourmet experience prepared by Windstar’s expert culinary team. Using only the freshest ingredients, the menus cater to the varied lifestyles of savvy travelers. Guests dine when they want, where they want and with whom they want. Only on a Windstar cruise you can dine alfresco under the ships dramatic sails while viewing exquisite sunsets or star-filled skies.

During the day, when not in one of the itinerary's amazing ports, guests aboard a Windstar cruise can enjoy complimentary waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, ski-tubing and kayaking from the ship's aft Marina Deck as well as taking advantage of complimentary snorkeling gear.

The experience of a Windstar cruise is quite unique. Wide open teak decks, billowing sails, casual elegance and extraordinary itineraries which include both classic and unique ports are all the hallmark of a Windstar cruise. Enjoy the romance of the sea and the amazing feeling of sailing on your own private yacht while on board a Windstar cruise.

Ranging from 5 to 14 days, Windstar offers cruises throughout the Mediterranean to northern Europe and from the Caribbean to the Panama Canal. Take a few moments and watch a Windstar Cruise Video to learn more. You can book online or contact Cruise.com at 888-776-0659 and a cruise expert will be happy to help you.