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Panama Canal Cruises

The historic Panama Canal

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Arcadia's 2021 No-Fly Grand World Cruise

  • 03 Jan 2021
  • 100 nights
  • Ship: Arcadia
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Madeira, Portugal - Bridgetown, Barbados - Aruba - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - Cabo San Lucas - San Francisco, California, USA - Hilo - Honolulu - Apia, Western Samoa -&…

Includes: Fabulous dining in a variety of restaurants, including five-course gala menus from marco pierre white and black tie evenings, spectacular entertainment from live music to west&hell…

Inside from £12,079pp

The Queen Victoria Circumnavigation of the World

  • 10 Jan 2021
  • 108 nights
  • Ship: Queen Victoria
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: Southampton - Bermuda - Port Canaveral, Florida - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Puerto Limon - Transiting the Panama Canal - Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala - Cabo&he…

Includes: Breakfast, lunch and dinner available in the main restaurants plus snacks available 24 hours a day in the buffet restaurants , comedy and drama shows including shakespeare classics…

Inside from £6,299pp

Grand South America & Amazon Voyage

  • 07 Jan 2021
  • 84 nights
  • Ship: Magellan
  • No-Fly Cruise

Itinerary: London Tilbury - Rotterdam - Lisbon, Portugal - Funchal, Madeira - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria - Mindelo, Cape Verde - Santarem, Brazil - Manaus, Brazil - Icoaraci (for Belem), Brazil…

Includes: Comfortable cabin accommodation , full board cruising plus afternoon teas and late night snacks , welcome and farewell captain’s cocktail , stylish entertainment, cabarets and&hell…


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Panama Historic City

Panama Historic City

Madden Lake, Metropolitan Natural Park

Madden Lake, Metropolitan Natural Park

Panama Canal Shore

Panama Canal Shore

Gatun Locks - Panama

Gatun Locks - Panama

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1. Cross the canal by foot, car or water

For travellers who want to get to grips with the Panama Canal, there are a number of ways to do so. If your cruise ship doesn’t have a crossing through the canal on the itinerary then try a scenic sightseeing cruise along the water instead. To watch a ship pass through the canal’s locks, you can visit the popular Miraflores Locks, close to Panama City; Pedro Miguel Locks (which aren’t set up for visitors so have more viewing space); and Gatun Locks near the city of Colón, an hour’s drive from Panama City. You can even walk across the canal via a pedestrian walkway at Gatun Locks, or drive along a narrow road at the same place.


2. Ride a century-old trainline

First established in 1855, the Panama Canal Railway was the first interoceanic rail line in the Americas. Before the canal's construction it was the only way to travel relatively quickly between two oceans. Nowadays, the train sets out from Panama and zips through tropical jungle with occasional glimpses of the famed canal until it reaches Colon an hour later.


3. Learn about the canal’s history  

There are two museums devoted to the Panama Canal: one at Casco Viejo features Panama’s cultural history and bridging of cultures, and the Visitor Center at the Miraflores Locks offers insights to the mechanical working of the canal through . Moreover, the restaurant in the Visitor Center's top floor offers visitors a viewing platform where you can watch the transiting vessels in the canal below.


4. Explore Panama City

Apart from the canal, Panama’s capital has plenty to excite its visitors. Stroll through the cobbled alleys of Casco Viejo, the colonial Old Town which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998, or lose yourself inside Metropolitan Park, a rainforest oasis of jungle dwelling animals right in the centre of the city. Wandering along the two-mile-long Amador Causeway, a waterside promenade filled with restaurants and shops, joggers and rollerbladers, provides some extraordinary views of the city skyline set against the Pacific Ocean. Equally impressive are the queues of freight ships patiently waiting their turn to pass through the Panama Canal.