Panama Cruises

Aerial View of Panama City in Panama (Photo: Cris Young/Shutterstock)

About Panama Cruises

A cruise to Panama has one world famous highlight that draws most travelers: the Panama Canal, which allows ships to seamlessly pass between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Along the way, you'll stop in many popular port cities such as walking tours in Panama City or a day in Colón, which offers several shore excursions and visits to the Agua Clara Locks Visitor Center to learn about how the locks on the canal operate.

Major cruise lines that sail to Panama include Carnival, Royal Caribbean Princess, Holland America Line (HAL), Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Celebrity, Oceania and Viking. Prices per person depend on several factors, including which line you book, the month you travel and the duration of the trip.

Even though the tropical destination's peak travel season is between October and April, the best time to cruise to Panama depends on how much you plan to be active outdoors. Keep in mind that Panama has a rainy season between May and December so if you're looking to spend time exploring, plan around these months.

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Celebrity Summit
Celebrity Summit

14 Night
Panama Canal Westbound

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Norwegian Jade
Norwegian Jade

25 Night
Repo - Panama Canal

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Wind Surf
Wind Surf

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Mayan Legacies 8d Onx-czm

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Norwegian Sun
Norwegian Sun

18 Night
Panama Canal - Miami

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Transcanal Cruise

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Panama Canal - Miami

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Panama Canal Cruise

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12 Nt Ultimate Caribbean & The Americas

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Panama Canal Sunfarer

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Panama Canal Cruise

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11 N Panama Canal & Perfect Day Holiday

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Transcanal Cruise

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Panama Canal - Miami

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Repo - Panama Canal

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Panama Canal & S. Caribbean

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More about Panama

What is the best time to cruise to Panama?

To get the most out of your trip, it's wise to avoid cruising during Panama's rainy season between May and December. The busiest travel months for Panama are from October through April, with temperatures starting off cool in October and getting warmer as the weeks pass.

Which cruise lines go to Panama?

Options are plentiful for cruise lines that sail to Panama, including popular ones like Carnival, Royal Caribbean Princess, Holland America Line (HAL), Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Celebrity, Oceania and Viking.

What are some things to do in Panama?

Seeing the Gatun Locks in action on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Panama Canal is a must-do on your Panama itinerary. In Panama City, you can stroll the brick-paved streets through the historic district of Casco Viejo. There, you'll find museums, religious sites, restaurants and bars.

Do you need a passport to take a cruise to Panama?

You must have a passport to travel on a cruise to or within Panama.

What should I pack for a cruise to Panama?

When it comes to packing for a Panama cruise, make sure you bring lightweight, breathable clothing to be comfortable in the country's hot and humid tropical climate.

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