Travelers may disagree on which sites deserve to be considered modern wonders of the world, but the Panama Canal would surely make most short lists. The shipping channel—which took 33 years to...

Top 10 Reasons to Cruise the Panama Canal

Feel your ship rise 85 feet as water fills the locks on the Panama Canal, then listen as your Canal historian shares tales of the incredible engineering feat that divided two continents. Explore the intriguing lands, cultures and peoples of this amazing region. From engineering marvels to exotic wildlife, there's so much to discover.

Reason #1: Wonder of the Modern World

Embark on what many world travelers consider the thrill of a lifetime–cruising through the famed series of locks that changed the course of history with a marvel of modern engineering.

Reason #2: Ocean to Ocean

A full passage through the Panama Canal is always extraordinary. Traverse the locks between the Atlantic and the Pacific as expert speakers expound on the history, culture and wildlife of the region.

Reason #3: Convenient Departures

Experience the Panama Canal in just 10 or 11 days on our convenient roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale departures. Explore the canal, Costa Rica, our private island Half Moon Cay and more.

Reason #4: Award-winning Service

Every moment on board is designed with you at the center. Our gracious service and a wealth of indulgences ensure you're always taken care of.

Reason #5: Inspired Activities

Every day aboard brings a wealth of things to do, from working out in the Fitness Center as you watch the jungle pass by, to cooking demonstrations, entertainment options and enriching onboard activities.

Reason #6: Innovative Dining Onboard

Enjoy exquisite cuisine, like fresh lobster in the main Dining Room, or choose a perfectly grilled gourmet burger by the pool so you won’t have to tear yourself away for a meal.

Reason #7: Mayan Ruins

Ports of call like Puerto Chiapas give you access to magnificent Mayan ruins like those at Izapa, letting you peer into the past and learn about one of the most advanced ancient cultures.

Reason #8: Open Bow Viewing

The spacious bow observation area gives you a great platform to watch all the action of our Panama Canal transit, from workers on shore to electric mules to our crew hard at work.

Reason #9: Half Moon Cay

Spend a day in Half Moon Cay, our award-winning private island. Here, on this pristine island, you can swim, snorkel, kayak or just relax and dine as a live band plays your favorite reggae tunes.

Reason #10: Exceptional EXC Tours™

Our EXC Tours™ connect you to each fascinating destination. At Gatún Lake, board a motor launch for a one-hour cruise. Watch for monkeys, toucans and sloths on the shoreline. Encounter the Emberá Native people, known for handcrafted goods. And get a water-level view of the Gatún Locks.

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Fuerte Amador, Panama

Located west of Panama City at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador is a gateway to exploring the many faces of this unique Central American country. The impressive engineering of the canal itself is a wonder to behold; a quick trip to the Miraflores Locks' visitor center with its panoramic observation decks offers the chance to watch behemoth barges thread their way through the legendary manmade waterway. Just minutes from the cruise port, the recently opened Biomuseo is a Frank Gehry–designed natural-history museum dedicated to Panama's ecological marvels. And Fuerte Amador sits within easy taxi distance of Panama City.

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Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica

One of the stops along the Panama Canal route, Puerto Caldera isn't your ordinary port of call, positioned as it is within easy day-trip distance of the country's multiple national parks. The town itself is small, but makes for an ideal base from which travelers can venture out to explore a variety of outdoor attractions and activities. These include visiting gushing waterfalls and active volcanoes, bird-watching in nature reserves and horseback riding on Pacific beaches. Visitors to the region also enjoy shopping for handicrafts, as well as sampling traditional Tico cuisine, especially gallo pinto—a combination of rice and beans.

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Puerto Chiapas, Mexico

The southernmost port on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Chiapas is named for the state in which it is located. It is relatively new, built in 1975, and is the primary hub from which the region’s agricultural goods, including coffee, are sent abroad. For travelers arriving by cruise ship, the town of Puerto Chiapas is a jumping-off point to explore surrounding areas, including Tapachula, the second-largest city in the state of Chiapas. In addition to visiting the coffee estates and banana and cacao plantations of the area, day trips include excursions to Maya sites such as Izapa.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unlike some of Mexico’s beach resorts, Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Ocean, retains its colonial-era charm. Its town square, Plaza de Armas, and the gorgeous parish church topped with an ornate crown serve as the loveliest representations of bygone ages. Alongside them are an ambitious public art project along the seaside walkway (the malecón) and trendy restaurants. Round these out with outdoor activities on Banderas Bay (whale-watching! snorkeling! jet-skiing!) and a side trip to one of Mexico's pueblos mágicos (magical towns, a designation recognizing smaller towns that possess historical and cultural value), and you'd be hard-pressed to find a more pleasant port.

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