Meet us at the Panama Canal, the crossroads of the Americas and a modern day wonder of the world.
This epic feat of engineering was hundreds of years in the making and ten years in construction, the decades since its completion having seen hundreds of thousands of ships edge tentatively between its banks.
Around 14,000 ships and boats cross the 51-mile stretch of water each year as they cross from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic and some of those are cruise ships. The Panama Canal revolutionised maritime trade and experiencing the feat of engineering has become something of a bucket list event for avid cruisers.
For most, a Panama Canal cruise is a once in a lifetime that is years in the planning. We know what you’re thinking – how exciting can a canal crossing be, right? Negotiating locks is part of the fun, tens of thousands of gallons of water leveraging your ship along the canal’s length in a sheer spectacle to experience from aboard. Aside from the modern marvel’s feats of engineering, a Panama Canal cruise promises some unforgettable ports of call too. Panama itself has never been so coveted a city, while Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean all have their place on Panama Canal cruise itineraries with the likes of Princess Cruises, Fred Olsen, Cunard and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Most cruise lines visit the region, many of them as part of world cruise itineraries, though you’ll usually find only more lithe ships can slide through with the mere inches to spare either side.
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