Destination:

Panama Canal

Destination:

Panama Canal

Set sail with Princess® – the #1 cruise line in the Panama Canal

We’re the number one cruise line sailing to this bucket list destination, and as awe-inspiring as it is to travel through one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 7 Cruise Wonders of the World, we’ll help you explore equally fascinating places along the way. So stretch out on a Caribbean beach, admire the pristine rainforests, stroll the cobbled streets of colonial towns and journey through the fabled Panama Canal.

Panama Canal Cruises

Discover the epic wonders of the Panama Canal with Princess Cruises. You can explore both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as you traverse the massive locks of The Canal. Discover the historic colonial villages along The Canal, adventure into the surrounding rain forests of Costa Rica, and dine on authentic Panamanian cuisine. Princess has partnered with the Discovery Communications to bring you new onboard experiences through the Discovery at Sea program and unique excursions ashore, including exclusive Discovery or Animal Planet options you can only get through Princess. Experience the Panama Canal with Princess Cruises and come back new!

A fiesta of flavors

Try authentic Panamanian cuisine, celebrating the cultural influences of African, Spanish and Native American, with traditional favorites such as empanadas, bollos and torrejitas. Sample the Grand Cayman’s world famous rum cake made with local rum. Raise your glass and say “salud” as you sip tequila at Puerto Vallarta’s Viva Tequila.

Abundant Adventures Ashore

Each voyage offers a myriad of experiences and cultures. There is something for every type of explorer in this culturally diverse region. Choose from immersive excursions such as exploring the engineering mastery of the Canal, trekking through surrounding rainforests, visiting local villages and relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Caribbean.

Destination Immersion

We craft our itineraries to enrich our guests' experiences to provide the most exposure to this bucket-list destination. You'll be enchanted by Spanish and Dutch cities dating back centuries, as well as diverse tropical rainforests, white-sand beaches, dramatic volcanoes and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And Princess provides live narration from the bridge while transiting the locks, just one reason we were voted "Best Cruise Line for Enrichment" by Cruise International.

Discovery at SEA™ and Shore Excursions

Princess® has joined forces with Discovery Communications to introduce Discovery at SEA™, offering immersive experiences you won’t find anywhere else. Onboard, participate in hands-on activities and events. On shore, Discovery™ and Animal Planet™ recommended excursions and exclusive options you can only get from Princess.

Historic Marvels and Exotic Sensations

We’re the destination experts. Every year, we sail more voyages to the Panama Canal than any other cruise line, so no one knows the exotic jungles of Panama, the historic roads of Colombia or the sandy beaches of Aruba like Princess®.

Lifestyle and Culture

The diversity of the cultures you’ll meet in Central and South America is a wonder to behold. Travel by dugout canoe to an Embera village in the heart of Chagres National Park in Fuerte Amador. Visit Fort San Lorenzo, one of the most complete and biggest forts built in Panama. Learn how your favorite coffee arrives in your cup with a tour of one of Guatemala’s most renowned coffee farms in Puerto Quetzal.

Natural wonders and landscapes

Enjoy a bird's-eye-view of the world with a high-flying zipline ride in Costa Rica. Relax in a deluxe 1938 air-conditioned dome car for a different perspective on the Canal riding on the Panama Canal Railway—a Discovery™ recommended excursion. Cruise through the mangroves of Puntarenas to the sanctuary of the Scarlet Macaw. Listen carefully for chirping birds and monkey calls as you soar over Gamboa Rainforest in Colon in an open aerial tram.

Onboard Experience

Princess brings the Panama Canal and surrounding regions to life onboard. Our Carnaval de Panama Festival of the World celebration focuses on indigenous music and dance, locally inspired cuisine, plus expert guest speakers and enrichment programs that put the spotlight on the unique history of the Canal.

The leader in the Canal

From ships custom built to sail the massive locks to immersive onboard programs and onshore adventures that inspire, Princess is the number one way to explore this epic phenomenon. We've sailed the Panama Canal since 1967 and we have more itinerary choices and departures of any cruise line in the region.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Retrace the steps of 17th-century Spanish colonists with a walk through the well-preserved Old City of Cartagena. Stroll the historic quarter of Panama City, once renowned as one of the richest cities in the New World. Admire the architectural delights of Antigua in Puerto Quetzal, home to several 17th- and 18th-century landmarks.

Unique Adventures

Experience the rainforest world of sloths, learn why they're sooo slow and why these drowsy tree-dwellers sleep up to 20 hours a day when you visit the Sloth Sanctuary, an Animal Planet™ Exclusive excursion, in Limón. Step into the "birthplace of time," when you visit the Mayan archaeological site of Izapa just outside of Puerto Chiapas.

Cruises

From the East Coast

10-Days — Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale

  • Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale
  • Visit colorful islands and tropical rainforests
  • Sail through the new expanded Agua Clara Locks or the historic Gatun Locks
  • Scenic cruising through Gatun Lake
  • Be one of the first to sail the newly renovated Caribbean Princess®

From the West Coast

19-days — Roundtrip Los Angeles

  • Roundtrip Los Angeles
  • Travel through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks to beautiful Gatun Lake
  • Discover San Juan del Sur, the gateway to Lake Nicaragua, volcanoes and picturesque beaches
  • Visit Guatemala's rich Mayan heritage and festive ports in Mexico

Ocean to Ocean

15 to 19 Days — One-Way

  • One way between Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale
  • Sail between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans transitioning between all three sets of locks - Gatun Miraflores and Pedro Miguel
  • Explore and visit island gems in the Caribbean, lush rainforests in Central America, and the culturally diverse ports along the Pacific coast

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Ports

Caribbean

Tranquil aquamarine waters, a rich history and breathtaking landscapes make the captivating Caribbean a treasured paradise. View hundreds of exotic butterflies flying freely within large meshed enclosures in Aruba. Discover the undersea splendor of Grand Cayman aboard the world’s first submarine designed for passenger excursions.

Colombia

Cartagena is a vibrant city that harbors a fascinating and colorful past, and a lively, welcoming present. Admire the architecture of Cartagena’s Old City, born at the height of the Spanish empire and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shop the quaint markets in search of that perfect souvenir. Applaud a Colombian folkloric professional dance and music show. Design your own emerald jewelry with a hands-on class.

Costa Rica

Enjoy a gentle rafting adventure down the beautiful Corobici River in Puntarenas. Explore a vibrant rainforest filled with exotic tropical plants as you ride in a leisure boat down the world famous Tortuguero Canals. Be alert to spot the bird life along the riverbank as well as other animals such as caimans, turtles, monkeys, and sloths!

Guatemala

In Puerto Quetzal, trek up the active Pacaya Volcano and take in panoramic vistas of towering trees, and lush vegetation dotted with exotic orchids. Walk in the footsteps of Mayan warriors in the ancient ruins of Iximche. See how Guatemalan coffee is cultivated, harvested, and processed from the seeding of the coffee bean to the preparation of the coffee beverage during a tour of Filadelfia Coffee Estate. Marvel at the surroundings of Lake Atitlan, tucked between impressive volcanoes.

Mexico

From the Pyramids of La Campana in Manzanillo to the 227 species of birds that call the Copalita River home in Huatulco, and from a 200-year-old coffee plantation in Puerto Vallarta to the colorful coral that resides in the warm waters of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico’s ports of call are unlike any other on the Mexican Riviera.

Panama

Yes, the Panama Canal is a true wonder... But beyond the locks, there’s even more to see. Walk among the ruins of Casco Viejo, the original site of Panama City, a UNESCO site. Visit the architectural marvel known as the BioMuseo. Part art, part science, this museum is acclaimed as Panama’s newest icon. Enjoy traditional native music, song and dance at Embera village. See wildlife in their natural habitat as you cruise through Gatun Lake.