Panama Canal cruise guide


The Panama Canal offers arguably one of the world’s best cruise routes – stretching from Cristobal at the coast of the Caribbean Sea to Balboa in the Gulf of Panama (and the start of the North Pacific Ocean).

Check out our full range of Panama Canal cruises here, or keep reading to find out what you can expect to find during your time on board.

Why choose a Panama Canal cruise?

The Panama Canal is a 50-mile long stretch of water that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Once an important trade route, the Canal today offers glimpses of a variety of nations and cultures that are sure to stay in memory for a long time to come.

Along your way, you’ll see a huge variety of tropical wildlife, white-sand beaches, coral reefs, beautiful landmarks and much more.

And depending on the cruise you choose, you’ll get to see much more than just the Panama Canal. Some of our Panama Canal cruises also stop at desirable tourist destinations such as London, Copenhagen, Miami, Hawaii, Auckland and many more.

Check out the rest of the destinations on our Panama Canal cruise trips here.

Panama Canal cruises in 2013 and 2014

Cruise 1st Australia has a number of great deals on Panama cruise trips for this year and next. Take a look at some of the highlights below:

Panama Canal – New York to LA (fly/stay/cruise)
24th July 2013 for 19 nights
Sea Princess

Starting with a flight from Sydney to New York City, you’ll embark on a cruise which stops off at Antigua, Barbuda, Curacao, the Panama Canal, Puntarenas (Costa Rica) and Los Angeles. This is followed by a flight back to Australia.

Copenhagen to Los Angeles (fly/stay/cruise)
28th September 2013 for 31 nights
Norwegian Star

After flying from Australia to Copenhagen (Denmark), you’ll cruise to Ponta Delgada (Azores), Miami, Cartagena (Colombia), Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Puerto Chapas (Mexico), Huatulco (Mexico), Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, and Los Angeles – before flying back to Australia.

Florida to Sydney (fly/stay/cruise)
5th October 2013 for 46 nights
Celebrity Millenium

This trip starts with a flight from Australia to Fort Lauderdale (Florida), before cruising to Cartagena (Colombia), Colon (Panama), Panama Canal, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas, San Diego, Ensenada, Lahaina, Nawiliwili, Hilo, Mount Kilauea, Kailua Kona, Honolulu, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Suva, Noumea and back to Sydney.

Southampton to Sydney (fly/stay/cruise)
7th January 2014 for 49 nights

Starting with a flight from Sydney to London, you’ll stay two nights there before moving onto Southampton. From there, you’ll embark on a cruise to Ponta Delgada, Barbados, Curacao, Panama Canal, Puerto Quetzal, San Diego, Los Angeles, Papeete, Bora Bora, Suva, Bay of Islands, Auckland and Sydney.

You can book these and many more exciting Panama Canal cruise trips here

Panama Canal photo by dsasso (Flickr)

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