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Panama Canal Cruise

Panama Canal Cruise

About Panama Canal Cruises

A Panama Canal Cruise is an amazing experience that should not be missed. The canal is a 48 mile long canal that links the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. Cruises through the Panama Canal have varied itineraries. Twice a year in the fall and the spring as the ships reposition between the Caribbean and Alaska cruise lines offer full transit through the canal. These one way cruises sail through all of the canal's impressive locks. In the winter cruise lines offer partial canal cruises. These itineraries sail roundtrip from Florida, pass through the locks before turning around and returning to their originating port after re-entering the canal system on the return trip.

Taking a cruise through the Panama Canal allows travelers to witness first hand this marvel of modern engineering. The canal system is made up of three locks and a series of artificial lakes and canals. As ships pass the locks from the east their elevation is gradually lowered and as they pass the final set of locks, the Gatun locks, the ships ascend an amazing 85 feet bringing them back to sea level. The complete journey takes about 8-10 hours in each direction.

Panama Canal cruise itineraries also include wonderful ports of call in the Caribbean, Central and South America and Mexico. Travelers can explore these different ports and enjoy a number of activities including sightseeing, shopping, watersports, beautiful beaches and friendly people.

Best Panama Canal Cruise Deals

Royal Caribbean Cruises
7 Day Panama Canal
Rhapsody of the Seas
Colon to Fuerte Amador
Feb 17 - Mar 30, 2024
  • Up to $1700 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • EXCLUSIVE: FREE GRATUITIES
  • 30% OFF ALL GUESTS: sailing in the same stateroom
  • INSTANT SAVINGS Get up to $550 Instant Savings: per stateroom on select sailings & categories
  • Get up to $100 Onboard Credit: on select ships and sail dates
Fr $658
Windstar Cruises
7 Day Panama Canal
Wind Star
Puerto Caldera to Colon
Dec 10, 2022 - Mar 9, 2024
  • Up to $1700 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Reduced Deposit: Get reduced deposits from just $200 per guest
  • $200 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Upgrade to All-Inclusive: Unlimited beer, wine & cocktails, Wi-Fi & Gratuities: $79pp per day
  • Windstar's Luxury Amenities
Fr $2,674
Scenic Cruises
8 Day Panama Canal
Scenic Eclipse II New Ship!
Montego Bay to Fuerte Amador
Oct 31, 2023
  • Exclusive Rates: Book Now and Save
  • Complimentary Transfers, Gratuities, Unlimited Drinks, Wi-Fi & Excursions + Personal Butler
Fr $8,740
Norwegian Cruise Line
9 Day Panama Canal
Norwegian Jewel
Panama City to Colon
Dec 3, 2022 - Mar 12, 2023
  • Up to $1700 CASH BACK: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Receive Up To $200 Onboard Credit: on select categories and sailings
  • Take All FREE Amenities: + 35% Off All Cruises
  • FREE OPEN BAR, Specialty Dining, Internet, Excursions & more: on select voyages
  • Buy 1st Guest Air, 2nd Guest Flies FREE: from select gateways
  • 50% Reduced Deposit: Club Balcony & below
  • FREE $50 USD Shore Excursion Credit: for Sail Away categories on select sailings
  • Reduced Rates for Singles: on select voyages and categories
  • Cruise Next Double Up: (select categories & sailings)
  • $10 Onboard Credit
  • $50 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Earn One Extra Latitude Point: on select 2023 sailings
Fr $399
Holland America Line
10 Day Panama Canal
Eurodam
Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
Nov 30, 2022
  • Up to $1700 CASH BACK: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Receive Up To 50% Off Fares, Up To $100 Onboard Spending, Reduced Deposit: on select sailings
  • Receive Up To $150 Onboard Spending: On select categories and sailings
  • Have It All: Get up to 4 FREE Amenities!
  • Up to $100 Onboard Credit
Fr $449
Princess Cruises
10 Day Panama Canal & Western Caribbean
Caribbean Princess
Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
Nov 3, 2022 - Mar 22, 2023
  • Up to $1,700 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Sail Soon: Get Up to 40% Off on select 2022 Voyages
  • Sail Later: Get Up to 25% Off on select 2023 Voyages
  • $60 ONBOARD CREDIT!
  • $60 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • MILITARY: Up to $250 Onboard Spending
Fr $639
Holland America Line
11 Day Panama Canal & Southern Caribbean
Eurodam
Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
Oct 29, 2022 - Mar 8, 2023
  • Up to $1700 CASH BACK: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Receive Up To 50% Off Fares, Up To $100 Onboard Spending, Reduced Deposit: on select sailings
  • Receive Up To $150 Onboard Spending: On select categories and sailings
  • Have It All: Get up to 4 FREE Amenities!
  • Up to $50 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
Fr $561
Norwegian Cruise Line
11 Day Panama Canal
Norwegian Sky
Roundtrip Miami
Jan 13 - Mar 6, 2023
  • Up to $1700 CASH BACK: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Receive Up To $200 Onboard Credit: on select categories and sailings
  • Take All FREE Amenities: + 35% Off All Cruises
  • Cruise Next Double Up: (select categories & sailings)
  • Earn One Extra Latitude Point: on select 2023 sailings
Fr $614
Celebrity Cruises
11 Day Panama Canal & Western Caribbean
Celebrity Constellation
Roundtrip Tampa
Nov 21, 2022 - Mar 27, 2023
  • Up to $1700 ONBOARD CREDIT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • BOGO 60 Sale! 60% off 2nd guest in the same stateroom as the first full fare guest
  • Get up to $300 per person Airfare Savings: on select North America gateways
  • 3-FREE AMENITIES ALWAYS INCLUDED! Free Beverage Package, Wi-Fi & Prepaid Gratuities
  • ELEVATE SALE! Premium Beverage Package + up to $200 Shore Excursion Credit for $30pp per day
  • INDULGE SALE! Premium Beverage Package + up to $400 Credit + Stream Wi-Fi for $60pp per day
  • SAVE: up to $50 ONBOARD CREDIT on select departures!
  • EXPERIENCE THE RETREAT: All Suite. All Included.
Fr $882
Silversea Cruises
16 Day Panama Canal
Silver Moon
Callao (Lima) to Fort Lauderdale
Dec 21, 2022
  • Up to $1700 ONBOARD CREDIT EXCLUSIVE
  • Door to Door All-Inclusive Fares with 15% Reduced Deposits + Reduced Airfare
  • Port to Port All- Inclusive Fares with 15% Reduced Deposits
  • FREE GRATUITIES + FREE Beverages & more
Fr $8,615
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
16 Day Panama Canal
Seven Seas Splendor
Miami to Callao (Lima)
Dec 4, 2023
  • Up to $1700 CASH BACK: EXCLUSIVE OFFER
  • Receive Additional $100 Onboard Spending
  • 2 for 1 Fares, FREE Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Shore Excursions + more
Fr $10,009
Cunard
18 Day Panama Canal
Queen Victoria
New York City to San Francisco
Jan 20, 2023
  • Free Specialty Dining + Free Drink Package + Hotel and Dining Service Charge
  • Military Special - Up to $250 Onboard Credit
  • SPECIAL AMENITIES: Cocktail Reception, Exclusive Shore Event + more
Fr $3,954

All offers are based on select sailings and categories and are subject to availability at time of booking. All rates are per person based on double occupancy.

Panama Canal and Central America Cruise Highlights

The Panama Canal Locks

The Panama Canal Locks
Panama Canal Cruises are available in a variety of itineraries. Partial transit itineraries are offered for those seeking the convenience of departing from and returning to the same port. Full transit Panama Canal cruises are also offered for those who prefer to sail coast to coast and can often be combined with back to back cruises to create a longer and more diverse cruise experience.

Variety of Itineraries

A Variety of Itineraries
Panama Canal Cruises are available in a variety of itineraries. Partial transit itineraries are offered for those seeking the convenience of departing from and returning to the same port. Full transit canal cruises are also offered for those who prefer to sail coast to coast. Full transit Panama Canal cruises can often be combined with back to back cruises to create a longer and more diverse cruise experience.

Variety of Excursion Opportunities

A Variety of Excursion Opportunities
A variety of excursion opportunities are offered in the different ports on a Panama Canal cruise. In the Caribbean there are beautiful beaches and a variety of watersports and shopping. In Central and South America guests on a Panama Canal cruise can explore local markets, colonial towns and exotic surroundings.

Diverse Ports

Diverse Ports
In addition to the time spent transiting the canal, the itineraries include diverse ports throughout the region including beautiful Caribbean ports, Central America ports as well as stops in South America and Mexico.

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