Experience an incredible historic journey between two oceans on a Panama Canal cruise.
Standing at the railing of your cruise ship, you watch as your huge cruise ship is wedged between two 1,000-foot lock chambers, which slowly fill with water and lift your floating resort 27 feet using a gravity-fueled procedure. You’re experiencing a marvel of engineering. The Panama Canal is one of the man-made wonders of the world. The history of its creation is a spectacular story. It’s no less exciting to make the historic transit between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans via the Canal.
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On the full transit, Panama Canal cruise itineraries are at least 10 or 11 days in length. The cities of embarkation and disembarkation vary, but will not include US ports on either end. On longer itineraries of 14 days or more, cruises will often include US ports, as between San Diego or Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale or Miami.
Some Panama Canal cruises only make a partial transit of the Canal, where the ship transits the locks on the eastern side from the Caribbean Sea, turning around in Gatun Lake, and exiting back out. These voyages can be as few as seven days, and include Caribbean cruise ports of call.
Ports of call visited during the cruise vary, and it's useful to compare itineraries and options. Popular times of year for Panama Canal cruises are in spring and fall, when ships are being repositioned between the Caribbean and Alaska cruise seasons. (If you can find a copy, we recommend reading "A Path Between the Seas," the excellent historical book about the building of the Panama Canal.)
Thank you very much for the delicious strawberries! Your professionalism and kindness are greatly appreciated. We enjoyed the Panama Canal cruise very much. The weather was favorable; in Aruba, Cartagena & Costa Rica the heat was intense, but we still enjoyed every minute.