Become a Cruise Insider
Tips, deals and more in your inbox.
Your Ultimate Cruise Guide

Panama Canal & Central America Cruises

Find Panama Canal & Central America Cruises

Cruises to Panama Canal & Central America

A cruise on Panama Canal through Central America can appeal to more than one type of passenger. The Panama Canal portion of the trip focuses on the transit itself,with onboard lectures as ships make their way through the locks. Within the rest of Central America, put on your hiking boots and head for the rainforest or kick off your shoes and hit the beach. Port highlights include Costa Rica's Puntarenas and Limon, with excursions that cater to adrenaline junkies.
Panama Canal Cruise Basics Panama Canal Cruise Basics
Considering a cruise through the world's most famous shortcut? Here's what you need to know.
Beyond the Transit: Top Panama Canal Experiences Beyond the Transit: Top Panama Canal Experiences
Besides the voyage, a Panama Canal cruise offers plenty of excursions about the canal, the countryside and wildlife.
Cruising the Panama Canal: Big Ship vs. Small Ship Cruising the Panama Canal: Big Ship vs. Small Ship
Which ship is best for a Panama Canal transit? We compare a large ship cruise with a smaller expedition vessel.

Sponsored links

Cruises
Planning
Ports
Reviews
Forums
77% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Miami -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Aruba -> Cruising -> Cartagena (Colombia) -> Gatun Lake -> Colon (Cristobal) -> Puerto Limon -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Miami
76% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
San Diego -> Cruising -> Cabo San Lucas -> Puerto Vallarta -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Puerto Quetzal -> Cruising -> Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) -> Cruising -> Panama Canal -> Colon (Cristobal) -> Cartagena (Colombia) -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
92% Loved It
Popular Itinerary:
Los Angeles -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cabo San Lucas -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Cruising -> San Juan del Sur -> Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera) -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Santa Marta -> Cruising -> Aruba -> Cruising -> Cruising -> Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Cartagena (Colombia)
You're in for a big treat if you've booked a Caribbean or Panama ...
Colon (Cristobal)
Panama's Colon is best known as the gateway to the Miraflores Locks, ...
Puerto Limon
If there was ever a country created for eco-tourism, it is Costa ...
Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
Costa Rica is a small country, about the size of West Virginia, but ...
We usually holiday on the Thomson Celebration or the Thomson Spirit. But we saw the Itineraries Mexican Medley and Pride of Panama on the Dream, we checked out the excursions available and excitedly booked last May. We chose an outside plus cabin on ... Read more
Living the Dream Keri Critic
03/15
This was our first cruise as a family with two young adults! Glad to see some more positive reviews of the Thomson Dream. The Dreamliner Premium class flight from Birmingham was excellent and worth the extra money for such a special holiday! ... Read more
Background: 10+ cruises worldwide Travel to Port of Embarkation: No problem, Celebrity Reps present at airport, loaded us on to the bus to Cruise Port. Embarkation: We had Aqua Class priority boarding, it was fast and quick. Not so ... Read more
Where do I start? First the positives: the checkin process was the best we have ever experienced and the stateroom attendant and windjammer staff were great! Nyla in disembarking was great to assist us with a glitch in our travel arrangements and ... Read more
We flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before our cruise and took a short cab ride to the Embassy Suites, a very busy but comfortable hotel with a nice manager's reception and a very good breakfast. There are many restaurants and shops within easy ... Read more
The following is a general review about the ship followed by some commentary on each of our port stops during our recent Coral Princess trip to Aruba, Cartagena, Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Jamaica. I understand that the ship will be moving toward ... Read more
Island Princess Gra-Tric
03/15
It never ceases to amaze me what global complainers we've become. And some of the occasional flack I've seen aimed at the Island Princess makes me wonder whether I've been on the same ship. Cards on the table! My wife and myself have never ... Read more
Read 2,044 Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
Find a Cruise

Clear selections

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.
We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.