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About Colon (Cristobal)

Panama's Colon is best known as the gateway to the Gatun Locks and newer Agua Clara locks, where visitors can watch the Panama Canal -- one of the world's greatest feats of engineering -- in action. (The equally magnificent Miraflores Locks also are a roughly one-hour drive from the city.) The canal is only one of the region's many attractions, however. Colon, situated on Panama's Atlantic side, is home to the world's first transcontinental railway; its magnificent red and gold trains traverse Central America from the Atlantic to the Pacific in a single afternoon. The country's vast, virgin rainforest is home to sloths, 10,000 plant species and 900 species of birds, including harpy eagles.

Having regained control of its famous canal at the turn of the 21st Century, Panama is now steering its own boat in terms of tourism (its second-largest economy after the canal). Significant development programs over the past several years have welcomed new beaches as well as several enhancements to Balboa (another major port, on the Pacific side).

Colon itself is in the middle of an approximately $500-million urban renewal project aimed at improving the city's image and boosting tourism. (Most cruise passengers that begin or end their journey in Colon stay in Panama City instead of Colon, due to the city's reputation for street crime and lack of central attractions.)

The project includes the development of a new duty-free shopping center at one of Colon's main docking areas, Colon 2000, as well as park restoration and the construction of a new retail mall, bus terminal and hospital. Colon 2000 currently offers only a couple shops, restaurants and bars; there is also an ATM on site. Although the project's initial plans estimated its completion to be in 2019, the city still has a long way to go.

Colon's other docking area, Cristobal Pier, is smaller but offers a craft market and folklore shows. Regardless of where a cruise ship docks, visitors can experience both places, as the two cruise terminals are within easy reach of each other.

While those who aren't comfortable with exploring on their own are advised to stick with the ship-sponsored shore excursions, it is perfectly possible to explore farther afield as long as you're careful. This means using registered taxis (Uber is also an option) and following the usual safe traveler rules: Let people know where you're going and when you're due back, and don't flash cash or flaunt expensive jewelry.

The province of Colon, rich in history and endowed with pristine beaches and exotic plants and bird life, will certainly repay the effort. Yes, it has its problems, but its future is prosperous and there are as many good, honest and welcoming people there as anywhere. Plus, a visit to Colon gives you the rare opportunity to see off-the-beaten-track parts of Panama, some of which are truly unspoiled.


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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Colon (Cristobal)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    12 Night Cruise to Colon (Cristobal) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 7
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Roatan
    • Day 10
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 11
      Costa Maya
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    BirdTravels
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    BirdTravels to Alaska on the Norwegian Joy
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    Sail Date Nov 2019
    AVOID!! Total Money Grab!!!
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    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Colon (Cristobal)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Gatun Lake ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Colon (Cristobal) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 5
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Roatan
    • Day 9
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 10
      Costa Maya
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

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    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Pearl is a fantastically fun ship from its imaginative decor (blown-up photos of wild...

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    hsmcruise
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Nervous cruiser in midst of covid 19
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    Where2gonext?
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Great ship and great staff
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      Room with bed and private bathroom
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to Colon (Cristobal)

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Puerto Limon, Colon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    11 Night Cruise to Colon (Cristobal) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 5
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 7
      Aruba
    • Day 8
      Aruba
    • Day 9
      Curacao
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Vision of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Crew works hard to bring the fun; a smaller size ship means it's easier to navigate

    Cons

    Cabins showing age; fewer options for food, entertainment than larger ships

    Bottom Line

    Solid option for a value cruise, but set expectations if you're used to bells and whistles

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    Vision of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    3.5/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Vision of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean's Vision Class of ships, is known for its stunning ...

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    svbcjnsn
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Great time on a smaller ship
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    thewrightwoman
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Worst Cruise Ever. So many things were wrong, they could not have had a manager
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to Colon (Cristobal)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Great Stirrup Cay, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    12 Night Cruise to Colon (Cristobal) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 7
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Roatan
    • Day 10
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 11
      Costa Maya
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    Toastboy
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Overall I'm impressed with the ship, and amazed by the crew.
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    travelbug10
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We were in a safe bubble
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 16 Night
    Cruise to Colon (Cristobal)

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Colon (Cristobal) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Falmouth
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      San Juan del Sur
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    metadoc
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    We had a great time!
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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Colon (Cristobal)

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    15 Night Cruise to Colon (Cristobal) Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Millennium - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Never feels overly crowded; friendly, efficient service and modern cabins with USB ports.

    Cons

    Limited daily activities; about 50 percent of listed offerings actually for-fee or retail-oriented.

    Bottom Line

    Beautiful, easy-to-navigate midsize ship with comfortable, modern cabins and excellent dining.