Panama Canal Cruise Entry

Man-Made Marvel Panama Canal Cruises

From Cartagena to Cabo San Lucas, cruise the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal is one of the most astonishing human-made wonders, a sliver of ingenuity that allows ships to move from one ocean to another. Cruise from the Pacific to the Atlantic, or vice versa, and take in the scenery as you move through this engineering marvel built in 1914. Along with the tropical views and modern design of the canal, there's also great opportunity for adventures on land and by the shore, where you can get in touch with the indigenous culture at the Museum of Oaxacan Art in Huatulco, Mexico, or go kayaking in Nicoya Bay at Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

Home of the Canal
A stop in Colón, Panama, lets you lay on the sand at serene Maria Chiquita beach or hike your way through Portobelo National Park to reach the 17th-century San Lorenzo Fort. And if you're in the mood for the city life, head to Panama City, the Caribbean's most urban cluster that's only an hour away by car.

Rock the Boat
Accessible only by water taxi, El Arco at Land's End in Cabo San Lucas is a natural rock arch that frames a powdery beach. It's the perfect backdroparagraphCopy for a jaw-dropping photograph – just watch out for the sea lions that like to photobomb while sunbathing on the rocks.

Head in the Clouds
Cross foggy suspended bridges or zip-line along the treetops at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve near Puntarenas, Costa Rica, where local travel guides take you deep within the forest as you learn about its precious ecosystems.

Colours of Folklore
About a 90-minute drive from Puntarenas, the artisan village of Sarchi, Costa Rica, is known for the quality of its arts and crafts, especially the beautiful construction of the colourful oxcarts, the folkloric carriages that are a symbol of Costa Rican culture.

Eat Like a Local
Mercado de Bazurto in Cartagena, Colombia, is home to stand after stand of local fruits like mamey, a sweet tropical fruit with a creamy texture, as well as cooked-food kiosks serving generous plates of seafood like crab, rice and veggies, for just a few dollars.

Historic Hues
Step into the past as you stroll down the Spanish Colonial lanes of Antigua in Guatemala, a picturesque town with pastel buildings and balconies filled with pink flowers. A short trip from the port at Puerto Quetzal, the city is home to museums like Casa de los Sueños, where the history of this town is depicted through art.

A cruise to the Panama Canal is filled with country-hopping adventures that take you to Mexico's Mayan ruins, white beaches in Cabo San Lucas or Colonial treasures in Colombia.
Manzanillo Wild Beach, Puerto Limon, Costa Rica.

One Trip, Many Adventures

As part of your grand crossing of the Panama Canal, you can also laze on beaches and trek lush mountains in places like Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and Grand Cayman.

Beach Walking Entrance, Miami, Florida.

Man-Made For You

Cruise from Los Angeles or Miami and pick the trips that make your favourite stops. Prefer more of Mexico? There's a cruise with stops in Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas. Want to include some Caribbean islands? Finish your cruise in Puerto Rico or stop in Grand Cayman.


local cuisine

Stopping at different cruise ports during a Panama Canal crossing makes it easy to savour the varied flavours of these countries, each with its own signature spice and tang.

Tastes of Jalisco
Jalisco, the state where Puerto Vallarta is found, is the definitive influence on this destination's cuisine. Go for the famous lemon-marinated grilled fish known as pescado embarazado, and ask for huichol sauce, a blend of chilli peppers, cumin and vinegar.

Savour Guatemala
Enjoy a mouth-watering empanada in Antigua, Guatemala – these savoury pastries are stuffed with potato and meat and topped with guacamole, coriander and onions.

Tamales and Then Some
Famous for its tamales fajados (chicken tamales) and tamales guemes (pork, raisin and olive tamales), Cabo San Lucas also boasts a seafood stew known as comida de pobres, served with rice and beans and flour tortillas.


A cruise to the Panama Canal is a chance to land on amazing destinations during the same trip. Get in some beach time Oranjestad, Aruba. See traditional tapestry-making in Huatulco, Mexico. Or go snorkelling along the coral reef off the coast of Grand Cayman.

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