Panama Canal Cruises
Completed in 1914, The Panama Canal is a magnificent sight to behold and is a true engineering masterpiece, connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans together through a man-made waterway – a cruise through which is an unforgettable experience.
A trip to this part of the world is widely regarded, as a once in a lifetime opportunity and from the moment you arrive it’s not hard to see why. The canal took an arduous 30 years to complete, and the introduction of the waterway revolutionised water transportation between Europe and the Americas. For anyone with an interest in cruising, and in sea travel, a Panama Canal cruise is one of the most informative and fascinating trips you can take.
Previously, trade ships transporting goods between mainland Europe and the west coast of the United States were forced to sail around the tip of Cape Horn in South America – an area known for its treacherous waters. The canal created faster, safer, and more comfortable ways to navigate the seas between west coast America and Europe, and is today one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
Luscious Green Backdrops To Tropical Birds
One of the most common questions for passengers upon arrival here is ‘just how are we going to fit?’ Indeed, upon arrival, it may seem impossibility, but your ship will fit! It’s amazing as you pass with mere inches to spare either side of your luxurious cruise liner to the canal’s sides. The views you’ll get as your ship sails through the canal are truly stunning, with luscious green jungle backgrounds and an ambience enhanced even greater by the tropical birds overhead. Sailing past small communities and tiny villages, you’re transported another world, miles apart, in terms of both geography and culture, from the East and West coasts of America. Of course, not all cruise ships can fit, and you’ll find that only the smaller liners are assigned to this itinerary.
European colonialism is rife along the canal, and Spanish influences can be seen and enjoyed along the journey. Panama became independent from Europe in the 19th century, yet typical Spanish features, such as the flamboyance and the colourful architecture still exist, and remain one of the most attractive aspects of the region. Parita is a wonderful example of preserved colonialism, while Panama City is a great example of how the region is venturing into the 21st century.