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The Panama Canal is full of wonder and mystery, which makes it an ideal place to cruise through. There is truly something for everyone, and if you're considering a cruise; they also have excursions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Find out what types of Panama cruises might be the best for you when you read on to learn more. Get the most of your trip when booking. With cruise line volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 80% versus the brochure price! Book your Panama Canal cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted cruise headquarters.

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Viking SunPanama CanalMiamiLos Angeles (San Pedro)21 NightsCabo San Lucas | Cartagena | Colon | Leon (corinto) | Los Angeles | Miami | Puerto Quetzal | San Diego$6,599
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76 reviews
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Viking SkyPanama CanalMiamiMiami14 NightsBelize City | Colon | Cozumel | Key West | Miami | Montego Bay | Roatan$5,099
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Viking SkyCentral AmericaMiamiMiami14 NightsBelize City | Colon | Cozumel | Key West | Miami | Montego Bay | Roatan | Santiago De Cuba$4,999
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Seabourn SojournWorld CruiseMiamiPapeete32 NightsBelize City, Belize | Callao, Peru | Easter Island, Chile | Fuerte Amador, Panama | Key West, Florida | Limon | Manta | Miami, Florida | Papeete, French Polynesia | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala$22,166
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Seabourn SojournWorld CruiseMiamiSydney59 NightsAlotau, Papua New Guinea | Arutanga, Cook Islands | Belize City, Belize | Bora Bora, French Polynesia | Cairns, Australia | Callao, Peru | Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea | Dravuni Island, Fiji | Easter Island, Chile | Fuerte Amador, Panama | Honiara, Solomon Islands | Key West, Florida | Kitava, Papua New Guinea | Limon | Luganville, Vanuatu | Manta | Miami, Florida | Papeete, French Polynesia | Port Vila, Vanuatu | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Suva | Sydney, Australia | Vava'u $38,559
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Seabourn SojournWorld CruiseMiamiBenoa80 NightsAdelaide, Australia | Albany, Australia | Alotau, Papua New Guinea | Arutanga, Cook Islands | Belize City, Belize | Benoa, Bali | Bora Bora, French Polynesia | Broome, Australia | Bunbury, Australia | Cairns, Australia | Callao, Peru | Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea | Dravuni Island, Fiji | Easter Island, Chile | Fuerte Amador, Panama | Honiara, Solomon Islands | Kangaroo Island, Australia | Key West, Florida | Kitava, Papua New Guinea | Limon | Luganville, Vanuatu | Manta | Melbourne, Australia | Miami, Florida | Papeete, French Polynesia | Perth | Phillip Island, Australia | Port Vila, Vanuatu | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Suva | Sydney, Australia | Vava'u $48,216
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Seabourn SojournWorld CruiseMiamiBarcelona140 NightsAdelaide, Australia | Albany, Australia | Alotau, Papua New Guinea | Arrecife, Spain | Arutanga, Cook Islands | Banjul, Gambia | Barcelona, Spain | Belize City, Belize | Benoa, Bali | Bora Bora, French Polynesia | Broome, Australia | Bunbury, Australia | Cairns, Australia | Callao, Peru | Cape Town, South Africa | Casablanca, Morocco | Conflict Islands, Papua New Guinea | Cotonou, Benin | Dakar, Senegal | Dravuni Island, Fiji | Durban, South Africa | Easter Island, Chile | Fuerte Amador, Panama | Honiara, Solomon Islands | Kangaroo Island, Australia | Key West, Florida | Kitava, Papua New Guinea | Las Palmas, Spain | Limon | Lome, Togo | Luderitz, Namibia | Luganville, Vanuatu | Manta | Melbourne, Australia | Miami, Florida | Mindelo, Cape Verde Island | Mombasa, Kenya | Padang Bali, Indonesia | Papeete, French Polynesia | Perth | Phillip Island, Australia | Port Elizabeth, South Africa | Port Vila, Vanuatu | Porto Praia, Cape Verde | Praslin | Rarotonga, Cook Isla$58,872
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76 reviews
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Viking SkyCentral AmericaMiamiMiami14 NightsBelize City | Colon | Cozumel | Key West | Miami | Montego Bay | Roatan | San Jose (puerto Limon)$5,299
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34 reviews
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Norwegian BlissPanama CanalLos Angeles (San Pedro)Miami16 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Cartagena, Colombia | Los Angeles (San Pedro) | Miami, Florida | Oranjestad, Aruba | Panama Canal | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Santa Marta, Colombia
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Celebrity ConstellationPanama CanalTampaTampa11 NightsCartagena, Colombia | Colon, Panama | Cozumel, Mexico | George Town, Grand Cayman | Panama Canal | Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | Tampa, Florida$1,874
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56 reviews
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Royal CaribbeanRhapsody of the SeasPanama CanalTampaTampa11 NightsCartagena, Colombia | Colon, Panama | Cozumel, Mexico | George Town, Grand Cayman | Key West, Florida | Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | Tampa, Florida$3,063
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34 reviews
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Norwegian BlissPanama CanalMiamiLos Angeles (San Pedro)16 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Los Angeles (San Pedro) | Miami, Florida | Oranjestad, Aruba | Panama Canal | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Wilemstad, Netherlands
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Celebrity ConstellationPanama CanalTampaTampa11 NightsCartagena, Colombia | Colon, Panama | Cozumel, Mexico | George Town, Grand Cayman | Panama Canal | Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | Tampa, Florida$1,854
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Norwegian SunPanama CanalPort CanaveralPanama City11 NightsBasseterre, Saint Kitts - Nevis | Bridgetown, Barbados | Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas | Kralendijk, Netherland Antilles | Oranjestad, Aruba | Orlando-beaches-port Canaveral, FL | Panama City Colon, Panama | San Juan, PR | Willemstad, Netherland Antilles
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107 reviews
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Norwegian SunPanama CanalPanama CitySeattle16 NightsAcajutla | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Huatulco, Mexico | Panama Canal | Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | San Juan Del Surr, Nicaragua | Seattle, Washington
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Itinerary Map/Ship ImagePonantLe BorealCentral AmericaGuayaquilColon13 NightsAcajutla | Colón | Guayaquil | Puerto Quetzal | San Juan del Sur$6,250
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Norwegian StarSouth AmericaSan AntonioMiami17 NightsArica, Chile | Callao (lima), Peru | Coquimbo, Chile | Costa Maya, Mexico | Harvest Caye, Belize | Miami, FL | Pisco, Peru | Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras | Salaverry (trujillo), Peru | San Antonio, Chile | Transit Panama Canal, At Sea
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OceaniaRegattaPanama CanalPapeeteMiami36 NightsBora Bora | Cabo San Lucas | Cartagena | Catalina Island | Ensenada | Havana | Hilo | Honolulu | Kahului | Miami | Nuku Hiva | Papeete (tahiti) | Puerto Quetzal | Puerto Vallarta | Puntarenas | Rangiroa | San Francisco | San Juan Del Sur
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Norwegian EncorePanama CanalMiamiLos Angeles (San Pedro)15 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Cartagena, Colombia | Los Angeles (San Pedro) | Miami, Florida | Panama Canal | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | Santa Marta, Colombia
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Seabourn OdysseyPanama CanalBridgetownLos Angeles (San Pedro)35 NightsAruba | Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles | Bridgetown, Barbados | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico | Cartagena, Colombia | Curacao, Netherlands | Fuerte Amador, Panama | Grenada | Huatulco, Mexico | Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic | Key West, Florida | Los Angeles (San Pedro) | Miami, Florida | Puerto Chiapas, Mexico | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala | Punta Arenas, Chile | Rodney Bay | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Santa Marta, Colombia | Santo Domingo, Dom Rep.$13,534
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Panama Canal Travel Guide

Panama Canal Cruises Highlights

  • This is one of the most affordable ways to visit Panama.
  • Choose what you do, when you do it when booking through the cruise line.
  • Do things on board the ship, but also excursions off the ship when you dock.
  • Go to special places that you can only visit when you are a part of the cruise line. 
  • Do not worry about having to pack and unpack or find hotels or places to stay. This is all done on the ship.

Panama Canal Cruises Travel Tips

  • Consider traveling during the off-season, as it is less packed and generally more affordable. 
  • Do not carry around your passport, but you should have an ID with you.
  • Always use bug spray when you are there, the bugs can be tough to get through. 
  • Don't be startled or alarmed to hear random fireworks go off.
  • Do not go into unfamiliar places alone or during the nighttime hours. 
  • U.S. money is accepted throughout all of Panama.
  • A lot of the beaches in Panama are remote.
  • Make sure to pack shorts, sandals, and drink plenty of water.

Panama Canal Cruises Things To Do

  • San Blas Islands
    San Blas Islands

    This is one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in Panama. It is a privately located beach, which also provides different activities for those visiting. You can snorkel, scuba dive, and go on any water or hiking adventure in the caves in the area.   

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to go to this beach is during the summer months when it is hotter. This way, you can enjoy the activities and swim in the water.   

     

    You Should Know

    This beach can become crowded depending on where you go, so plan ahead. You can bring your own gear for the activities or rent them from a nearby business.

  • Panama Viejo
    Panama Viejo

    This historic landmark is one that you can spend some time exploring. Learn about the culture and past of Panama with the beautifully decorated buildings. Located right on the coastline, the views from the buildings are just as beautiful as the buildings themselves. It is a must-see.  

    Best Time To Visit

    It is best to visit during the cooler months when it is not so hot. You can enjoy walking in the area better if you are not uncomfortable.  

     

    You Should Know

    There are exhibits and artifacts out, so you can explore and learn and not just walk through old buildings. The signs are also in English.

  • Bridge of the Americas
    Bridge of the Americas

    This $20 million-dollar bridge spans the Panama Canal and bridges North and South America together. It is vast, and definitely something you will want to see if you are in the area. You can drive across it, or get in a boat or kayak below it, just make sure to look up.  

    Best Time To Visit

    You can visit any time during the year. This is beautiful no matter when you choose to visit the Panama Canal, giving you plenty of opportunities.   

     

    You Should Know

    You won't need much time to do this activity, so it can be something added to an itinerary for a day.

  • Soberania National Park
    Soberania National Park

    This tropical forest definitely has a humid feel about it, but the wildlife and plants are something worth seeing. There are hiking trails you can go through which makes getting through the trees easier than ever.   

    Best Time To Visit

    You should visit when it is a bit cooler out and it is not raining. It can be tough to travel the trails when the rain is pouring down on you, or if you're overheated.  

     

    You Should Know

    Bring water with you to hydrate while in the forest. Make sure to pay attention to the markers in the trail so you can reduce the chances of becoming lost.

  • Amador Causeway
    Amador Causeway

    This connector brings together two islands. The middle of the connecter has scenic views, benches, and a place for you to enjoy some time with those you brought. The water and skies in the distance are worth taking in during your visit.   

    Best Time To Visit

    You can visit this area at any time throughout the year. Depending on what temperatures you feel are most comfortable for you.   

     

    You Should Know

    You are able to spend as much time as you'd like. Bring some rollerblades or a skateboard and go down the roadway.

  • Starfish Beach
    Starfish Beach

    Starfish Beach is a beach that has white sand, clear waters, and loads of starfish. The starfish are in the water and sand. Just watch out when you're around, you don't want to hurt them while swimming or laying around!  

    Best Time To Visit

    You should visit during the summer months when it is hotter out. You can see many starfish during this time, but also enjoy the beach more.  

     

    You Should Know

    There are times when you're not allowed on the beach, so read up on the hours of operation before you visit.

  • Playa Venao
    Playa Venao

    If you like surfing in high tides, then this is where you want to spend some of your time. You can find that even laying out in the sun on the white sands of this beach is just as relaxing and fun to do. There are also dining options around the beach if you want to grab a bite to eat.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time is the summer when the sun is high, and the temperatures are warmer. This can allow you to enjoy the beach more.  

     

    You Should Know

    The beach can become packed during certain times in the year, so plan ahead. Bring water and lots of sunscreens because sunburns are very likely to happen!

  • Fort San Lorenzo
    Fort San Lorenzo

    This fort was built centuries ago, and located right on the seashore line, you can take in the views and walk through the old places. There are even old cannons that were once used to protect the area still there, as well as parts of the village.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Visiting this area when it is cooler is the best thing to do. You can enjoy walking through the ruins when it is more comfortable.   

     

    You Should Know

    The access road to the ruins is pretty bad, so prepare for this.

Panama Canal Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

The best time to visit Panama is during the spring months when it is hot, but not too hot. January and Mid-April are usually recommended as the best time to go from those who have visited before. This is the driest time of the year, but any time is great to visit, especially if you want to go during a festival.

  • Summer - December to April

    You will want to visit based on the temperature or type of weather you prefer, or that goes along with the activities you want to do. The summer months are the "dry season" out of the year. This is when the temperature is the hottest and can get up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, especially during April. This is usually the best time to visit if you want dry, hot temperatures to visit the beaches.

  • Winter - May to December

    From Mid-April to Mid-December you can expect that the weather is going to be rainy. Winter is when it is the wettest and known as the "wet season" because of this. Panama, unlike North America, doesn't have four seasons. Just two. Winter is the cooler of the two. The temperatures are usually steady and around 70 degrees Fahrenheit during this time.

Panama Canal Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Cruise to Panama?

A cruise to Panama is a large cruise ship that brings passengers around to visit various places along the way to Panama, and in Panama. The cruise includes everything you need, including your room. You don't need to worry about anything to do either. You can do things on and off the ship. 

What Comes with a Panama Cruise?

A Panama cruise, like many other cruises, comes with just about everything you'd need. You can eat on the ship, drink the basic drinks, have a place to stay and most of the amenities and activities on the ship are all included. This makes a cruise an affordable way to see more of the world. 

How Much Does a Panama Cruise Cost?

A Panama cruise can range in price from $700 to $1,500. This depends on the ship and cruise line that you take, but also the length of the trip. You will also have to choose any extras or add-ons, as well as the type of room you want to stay in while on the ship. These all will change the cost of the trip.

What is the Best Cruise to Take to Panama?

There are a number of cruises you can take in Panama and depending on which you want to go on or which have the amenities you are looking for; you can choose one over another. The best cruise ships by those who have gone on a cruise to Panama highly recommend Seabourn, Norwegian, and Celebrity cruises. 

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