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
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
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
Located on the western coast of Grand Cayman Island, George Town is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean. The cosmopolitan Cayman Islands’ capital is renowned for fantastic shopping and an eclectic history as the home of pirates, shipwrecked sailors, and deserters from Cromwell’s army in Jamaica. George Town is a haven for beach lovers, with some of the island’s most exclusive resorts located at picturesque Seven Mile Beach.Highlights of George Town
- Go diving at Gun Bay amongst shipwrecks, one of the Caribbean’s most spectacular maritime playgrounds
- Swim with stingrays and snorkel coral reefs at the idyllic Stingray City
- Wonder at the glittering waters of Starfish Point, which protect thousands of red cushion sea stars
Traveling to Havana is a step back in time. The streets are filed with classic cars from the 1950s, imported before the embargo was enacted, and people still largely enjoy a slower, more traditional way of life. The locals are incredibly friendly, and culturally conscious visitors will appreciate the opportunity to learn about the Cuban way of life. Of course, those looking for a relaxing tropical vacation will also not be disappointed. With year-round temperatures in the 80s, Havana is a beach lover’s dream.Highlights of Havana
- Step off the ship and immediately grab a mojito at Plaza Vieja
- Visit the awe-inspiring cathedral San Cristóbal, located right in the middle of Old Havana
- Take a tour of a cigar factory and get the inside scoop on the country’s most famous industry