Panama Canal Cruises 2018 - 2019
A Panama Canal cruise is a bucket list adventure for many cruise fans. One of the seven wonders of the modern world, the famous crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans revolutionized ocean travel with its opening in 1914. The original locks are still in place, still working flawlessly after more than 100 years in an incredible feat of engineering.
Choose your cruise based on whether you want to make a full or a partial Panama Canal crossing. A full crossing is a must-see for any bucket list traveler looking for the full Panama Canal experience, while a partial has the advantage of shorter itineraries and more opportunities to explore the surrounding rainforests and beaches of Central America.
Nearby ports of call offer some of the most stunning nature of anywhere in the world. Explore lush tropical rainforests, hike to stunning lakes and waterfalls, and zipline over the tree tops on an unforgettable shore excursion to Nicaragua, Guatemala and more during your Panama Canal cruise.
Philipsburg is situated on the narrow stretch of land between the picturesque Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond, on the tropical Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Just four parallel streets wide, Philipsburg is a shopper’s paradise, renowned for its mile-long tax-free shopping district just a stone’s throw from the port and beaches.Highlights of Philipsburg
- Experience the thrill of watching commercial airplanes land just feet above your head from the infamous Maho Beach
- Enjoy a snorkel tour of St Maarten’s crystal-clear turquoise waters brimming with marine life
- Relax and unwind on the brilliant white sands of Great Bay Beach
Cozumel, a tropical island located off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, is one of the world’s top cruise destinations. With its glittering turquoise waters, bright white beaches and exotic marine life, the idyllic island is popular for snorkeling, diving and swimming with dolphins.
Cozumel has a well-established tourist industry. Cruise passengers will have plenty of opportunities for water sports, nature exploration and nightlife. Year-round temperatures in the upper 70s make it the perfect place for a sunny beach vacation.Highlights of Conzumel
- Visit Stingray Beach to experience a close encounter with stingrays and exotic sea creatures
- Spot tropical birds, crocodiles and sea turtles at the Faro Celerain Eco Park
- Discover the island’s fascinating Mayan history at the San Gervasio Ruins
Bridgetown is the capital of Barbados and is located on the southeast coast of the exotic Caribbean island. The lively city center is a melting pot of the old, new, historic and nouveau, and was recently named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. A popular beach destination by day, cruise visitors can also enjoy Bridgetown’s fresh seafood, fantastic bar scene and vibrant nightlife.Highlights of Bridgetown
- Take a stroll down Wickham Lewis Boardwalk where you can spot beautiful yachts, charming charter fishing boats, luxury catamarans and the harbor’s iconic Jolly Roger pirate ship
- Take a dip in the glittering turquoise waters of Pierhead Beach
- Explore Bridgetown’s iconic parliament buildings, where you can find the Barbados National Heroes Gallery and Barbados Museum of Parliament
Basseterre is the bustling capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis, situated in the eastern Caribbean. The tropical city is teeming with historical sites and architectural gems and hosts a vibrant downtown next to the cruise ship terminal which is renowned for excellent duty-free shopping, souvenir stalls, and cocktail bars. Venture outside the city boundaries to enjoy a variety of water sports, such as kiteboarding, jet skiing, diving, snorkeling, surfing, sailing and more.Highlights of Basseterre
- Marvel at the beautiful Independence Square, located in the heart of the Basseterre
- Discover the island’s fascinating history at the National Museum
- Hit a hole in one at Royal St. Kitts Golf Club against the backdrop of spectacular Caribbean ocean vistas
Puntarenas is home to Costa Rica’s most important port, and the city has a rich history of shipping, fishing and international trade. Puntarenas has a lot to offer: delicious fresh seafood, inexpensive waterfront cafes, and a beautiful beachside promenade are just some of the things visitors can look forward to. It also lies in close proximity to some of Costa Rica's most beautiful nature. Take a shore excursion to a beautiful waterfall, or bathe in a hot spring on an active volcano. Or hike through a cloud forest for a surreal journey surrounded by mist and dripping vegetation.Highlights of Puntarenas
- Enjoy year-round tropical temperatures in the upper 80s
- Savor a sweet treat while relaxing on the beach at one of the many ice cream and smoothie shacks
- Get up close and personal with the local wildlife at Reserva Biologica Carara
South America's most popular cruise port, Cartagena is a must-see stop on any Panama Canal or southern Caribbean cruise. The city is safe and tourist-friendly, and most tourist places will speak English and accept U.S. dollars. Beautiful parks, museums and shops welcome visitors, and beautiful Spanish cathedrals and castles lurk around every corner. For beach lovers, there are plenty of sandy beaches and coral reefs within easy access of the city. And for shopaholics, kiosks and tourist shops dot the inner city.Highlights of Cartagena
- Visit one of the many Spanish cathedrals and marvel at the ornate sculptures and altars
- Taste some authentic Columbian coffee and take home your favorite as a souvenir
- Visit the Chocolate Museum and see how Columbian cocoa becomes artisan chocolate – great for families!
Panama Canal CruisesLying between two larger continents and surrounded by the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Central America is a wondrous belt of islands and lands bursting with rainforests, tropical beaches, lava-spewing volcanoes. Central America boasts year-round sunshine and is becoming one of the most popular regions for cruisers. This precious region offers paradisiacal, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, and promises to be an experience filled with sunshine, culture, and history. Discover vibrant cultural meccas and cities with a rich colonial past!
Belize City, BelizeBelize is arguably the most overlooked country in Central America by tourists. Belize ramshackle colonial streets are alive with vivid characters who represent every facet of its ethnic makeup, especially the Creoles. Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world, so for anyone who loves swimming among tropical fishes and other exotic marine wildlife, snorkeling in Belize is a must! From scuba diving its warm and turquoise-colored Caribbean waters and a gigantic blue hole to hiking an ancient Maya village, Belize city has something for everyone.
Cruises to Cozumel, MexicoCozumel has become one of the top travel destinations in the world because of its spectacular and intriguing attractions like diving along the shallow reefs, hiking through the Punta Sur Ecological Park or exploring what the Mayans left behind at the San Gervasio ruins. Cruise passengers use the island as a hub for Mexico’s spectacular attractions, including marine-life encounters like the baby sea turtle hatching, botanical gardens, and ruins. If you are looking to escape to a stress-free and sunny place that offers a great mix of adventure and fun-filled activities, then you might want to consider Cozumel, Mexico. Book Now Book online or call our experts for all the best deals on Central America Cruises. For other great international destinations why not have a look in Europe or the Caribbean. All cruises can be found on our homepage. If you're after a cheap or last minute cruise, then have a search through each page for the best deals.
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