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The Panama Canal

Cruises through the Panama Canal offer the chance to journey along one of the modern wonders of the engineering world; so much more than a functional link between the world’s two great oceans. It also provides access to numerous charming cities and countries, each with their own fascinating heritage.

Immense locks along the Panama Canal’s 77km raise cruise ships 26 metres; a thrill in itself as you come face to face with the canal sides and then enjoy the sights and sounds of the colourful birds and animals that inhabit the lush forests beyond.

Cruise the Panama Canal and you’ll learn about the tales of endeavour, heroism, tragedy and turmoil that accompanied this amazing waterway’s journey from inception to completion.

Your Panama Canal cruise may be part of an itinerary that also takes in some Mexican and Caribbean ports of call, and Central America’s most charismatic and exciting towns and cities on a surprisingly varied and memorable cruise holiday of a lifetime. Places like Costa Rica’s Limon, where you can take an exhilarating aerial tram ride through the leafy rainforest canopy or a jungle boat trip filled with wildlife encounters. Or Puntarenas in Costa Rica, home to fine Spanish colonial architecture and fantastic beach restaurants serving sumptuous locally caught seafood. On the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, the port of Quetzal is your gateway to sites of Mayan ruins as well as a volcanic interior, whose lush valleys accommodate hundreds of species of birds and rare orchids.

Things to do in

  • Hike the Sendero Los Quetzales trail in Panama
  • Trek through the jungle in Limon
  • Zipline through forest canopy in Puntarenas
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Antigua
  • Discover the Mayan ruins of Tikal

Did you know?

SS Ancon was the first ever ship to pass through the Panama Canal on 15th August 1914.

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