An industrial red ship entering the Panama Canal waterway that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean

Cruise to Panama Canal (Cruising), Panama

A voyage through the Panama Canal is filled with views of lush terrain and calm waters. This marvelous achievement of modernity is best witnessed from the bow of the ship, where you'll see the revolutionary mechanism of the canal at work when it elevates the vessel up 85 feet. The ship reaches the canal's higher elevation and is able to sail swiftly through its tranquil waters. As you make your way between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans with your Panama Canal cruise, you'll pass by Soberania National Park, a lush region of protected rainforest — you may even spot one of the many species of rare birds that inhabit the forest.

Things To Do in Panama Canal (Cruising)

The first lock of the Panama Canal from the Pacific Ocean with a view from a ship

Panama Canal, First Lock

Get Swept Up

The man-made system of locks are where the Panama Canal works its magic by lifting passing ships up to the canal's main elevation, then letting them down again. You'll see three lock systems as you make your way through the canal: Miraflores, Pedro Miguel and Gatun.

A yellow-backed bird found in the Soberania National Park that can be seen from the Panama Canal

Panama Canal, Yellow Black Bird

Exotic Views

From the ship, you'll get great views of Soberania National Park, a 55,000-acre area of protected rainforest that's home countless species of birds, mammals and reptiles. See if you can catch a glimpse of an orange-chinned parakeet or a white-faced capuchin monkey.

Caupchin monkeys on Monkey Island in Lake Gatun on the Panama Canal

Panama Canal, Monkeys Lake Gatun

Lake Gatun

Be sure to look for the islands that surround Lake Gatun during your Panama Canal cruise. See the lush forests and colorful birds, and get to know the impressive body of water itself — at the time it was created, it was the largest man-made lake in the world.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
Record the Panama Canal crossing during the ship's elevation, an unforgettable experience to keep for years to come.

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