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Cruise to The Panama Canal

What are the benefits of a Panama Canal Zone cruise?

A cruise that goes to the Panama Canal Zone is a once-in-a-lifetime experience: journey through an impressive manmade structure that links two oceans amid lush and verdant surroundings. It takes about ten hours to journey through the entire canal, and you'll get to experience its three powerful locks firsthand. A few exotic animals make their home along the treeline, so have your camera ready to snap toucans and monkeys along the way.

How do I find cheap cruises to the Panama Canal Zone?

If you're looking for cheap cruises to the Panama Canal Zone, your best bet is to sort your search results by price to automatically put the most affordable options at the top of your list. Top tip: flexibility on dates can open up a range of cheaper options.

What are the best cruise lines to the Panama Canal Zone?

You can book the best cruise lines to the Panama Canal Zone on Expedia: Carnival and Norwegian cruises offer an array of services on board to indulge and entertain passengers of all ages. Filter your results for the cruise lines you like most.

How can I get Panama Canal Zone cruise deals?

Green marks: find Panama Canal Zone cruise deals by looking for the green text on the search results page. This indicates the discounts on offer. Ordering prices low to high is a great way to find deals.

What should I look out for when booking a boat cruise to the Panama Canal Zone?

Cruise tickets to the Panama Canal Zone typically either let you travel through the canal itself or simply stay around the outskirts. Passing through the canal is the perfect way to get up close and personal with this manufactured marvel, but other options offer plenty of thrills, too. Shore excursions on Colon cruises allow you to explore fascinating history, top restaurants and buzzing nightlife to your heart’s content.

Which Panama Canal Zone cruise destinations are available?

Book a trip with Expedia to discover Panama Canal Zone cruise destinations including breathtaking Gatun Lake and the port town Cristobal. Cruises often stop at spots including Antigua and Cartagena, on Colombia’s Caribbean coast.

When are the best Panama Canal Zone cruises available?

Take your Panama Canal Zone cruise during winter to stay relatively dry and warm on your trip. Panama’s tropical climate makes temperatures reasonably pleasant all year round – but book between late November and early May to make the dry season.

How long is a Panama Canal Zone cruise?

A 3-night cruise to the Panama Canal Zone is out of the question for Canadians heading south – so get ready to relax and enjoy the journey. Any given Panama Canal Zone cruise in 2023 will take up to a week at least. Even a cruise to the Panama Canal from Fort Lauderdale in the US is likely to involve a 10-day cruise to the Panama Canal Zone.

Can I book a luxury cruise to the Panama Canal Zone?

Book a luxury cruise to the Panama Canal Zone with cruise lines Princess or Royal Caribbean. The Caribbean Princess ship serves up a delicious 24-hour buffet and the essence of la dolce vita on an Italian-inspired piazza where you can relax with cocktails and spa treatments as you pass through the canal. Meanwhile, the Brilliance of the Seas is all about high-end indulgence, too, featuring a solarium with private pools and several hot tubs.

What are all-inclusive cruises to the Panama Canal Zone like?

An all-inclusive cruise to the Panama Canal Zone – available with Celebrity and Holland America Line cruises to the Panama Canal – lets you book and pay for where you stay, what you eat and what you do, all in advance. Book a trip on the Celebrity Millennium, for instance, and everything you do on its 12 decks can be paid for ahead of time – so you can relax in the lounge and by the pools on board or sample cocktails in the bar without worrying about bringing your wallet.

Can I book a cruise to the Panama Canal Zone from Expedia?

Booking Panama Canal Zone cruises with Expedia is simple. Use the search filters and sort functions to narrow down your results to suit your ideal Panama Canal Zone cruise. Once you've found the right fit, you can book your passage to this world-famous canal right from our site.

Should I bring my passport on a Panama Canal Zone cruise?

You will almost certainly need your passport for a Panama Canal Zone cruise, so make sure you have it with you and that it's valid for at least 3 months after the cruise comes to an end. While you may be able to get a closed-loop cruise to the Panama Canal Zone if departing from an American port, you'll probably need your passport to reach that port in the first place.

How do I cancel my cruise tickets to the Panama Canal Zone?

If you need to cancel your Panama Canal Zone cruise vacation, customer service can do it for you, or you can use the cancellation option on the My Trips page of your Expedia account. There are some things to consider, such as your cruise line's cancellation policies. As a rule, earlier is better.

Why should I book a cruise trip to the Panama Canal Zone with Expedia?

Booking your Panama Canal Zone cruise in 2023 with Expedia opens up a world of possibilities and lets you narrow them down to suit you, fast. Join Expedia Rewards for free and you could even earn points to put towards travel, accommodation and activities on your next trip.

About Cruises to Panama Canal

Cruise along one of the greatest man-made waterways in the world and pass through the heart of Central America’s wildlife-rich jungles.

The Panama Canal is a triumph of engineering that cuts through Central America, providing a crucial link between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. It’s easy to understand why most cruise enthusiasts have this stretch of water on their bucket lists. Embark on a Panama Canal cruise from the Caribbean beaches of the east coast to the wild, surf-swelling beauty of the west, traveling through dense, adventure-filled jungles along the way.

The portion of the cruise through the Panama Canal takes about 10 hours, including stops the vessel makes while waiting for the three locks to open. Watch the locks in action as the water levels change to allow ships to pass through, one of the great thrills of Panama Canal cruises.

Select from multiple ships offering journeys along this busy cruising thoroughfare. Choose a major liner complete with entertainment venues and multiple dining options. Alternatively, travel on a smaller vessel for a more personal experience at the canal.

Decide what kind of Panama Canal cruise you want. Some itineraries run as partial transits and turn around halfway through to make a round-trip. This option is easiest for people who want limited journeys, shore excursions on the canal itself and arrival and departure from the same place. The second Panama Canal cruise option is full transit, which guides you the whole way through the canal, navigating each set of locks. This allows visits to both sides of Central America and offers a more varied cruise.

As well as the canal itself, a cruise through Panama Canal offers opportunities to discover more of Central America. Pull into port in Costa Rica for ecotourism excursions and adventurous explorations zip lining through jungle canopies. Your itinerary may include a stop in Honduras or Belize, where you can discover the world’s second-largest barrier reef.

Panama Canal cruise season runs from October to April. Peak months are December and January. Look for Panama Canal cruise deals as ships reposition between Alaska and Caribbean bases. Full transit itineraries generally last 14 days and go from one coast of the U.S. to the other, usually Florida to California.

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