Best for mega-ship fun: Norwegian
- Room service included
- No free alcohol
- Food included
- No price matching
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Stand face-to-face with the one and only Panama Canal as you pass through the intricate locks on an enlightening journey only a select few experience.
The voyage between two mighty oceans encompasses an engineering marvel, Spanish colonial architecture and verdant rainforests and a cruise is one of the only ways you can experience it all.
Whether you want to experience the canal in all its glory, uncover the history of the cities along the canal or explore the nature and wildlife of the rainforests, there’s a cruise company that’s got what you’re looking for.
When choosing cruise lines for our list, we looked at price, ship size, features, activities and itineraries. We factored in our personal experience of Panama and the canal as well as third-party reviews and guides to home in on popular, high-quality cruise lines.
October to April is peak season for Panama Canal cruising, with the absolute best time to cruise being after the rainy season ends in December.
That doesn’t mean you can’t cruise during the rest of the year, though, and there are definitely some positives to off-season cruising.
Along with the main event of the Panama Canal, Panama has a lot to offer for those looking to get under the surface of this beautiful country.
A visit to the Panama Canal is a rite of passage for any traveler, cruising or otherwise and being able to sail through the canal offers a once-in-a-lifetime perspective. Find out what’s on offer now with these top cruise deals.
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