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Panama Canal Cruises

What cruise lines go through the Panama Canal?

  • Holland AmericaYou’ll find things are quite relaxed on these cruise ships—there are no fixed dining assignments. These vessels typically depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, or San Diego, California. From there you’ll have ports of calls in Central American countries like Costa Rica before passing through the man-made-wonder that is the Panama Canal.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line: This traditional cruise line fully embraces the glitz and glam of the Golden Age of Cruising and usually departs from Miami, Florida. Cruise itineraries often include stops at South American ports like Cartagena, Colombia. After passing through the canal’s set of locks, your ship will dock at Mexico’s coastal wonderland of Puerto Vallarta.
  • Princess Cruises: This cruise line aims to please, with a wide variety of activities and dining options. Many of its ships depart from either Tampa or Miami, Florida, with cruise destinations to Aruba and Curacao. A stop at Gatun Lake will give you time to marvel at the Panama Canal before proceeding on your way. Many Princess Cruises have a final stop in either Colon, Panama, or Limon, Costa Rica.

What’s the difference between Partial Transit and Full Transit?

  • Partial Transit: These cruises tend to be shorter and are round-trip. The ship usually goes as far as Gatun Lake before turning around and heading back to home port. Expect to be aboard for up to 11 nights.
  • Full TransitAs the name implies, you’ll be passing cruising through the entire canal. And if this is on your bucket list or you are an engineering aficionado, then this will be for you. You will also have more cruise types to choose from (budget or luxury), since many cruise lines provide a full transit trip—up to 14 days!

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Marriott Panama Hotel

Marriott Panama Hotel

Roosevelt Ave., Allbrook Mall, Panama City, Panama
  • Free Cancellation
  • Reserve now, pay when you stay
4.0 out of 5.0
 
 

Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Panama City. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...

Marriott Panama Hotel$152

Jun 28 - Jun 29

Radisson Hotel Panama Canal

Radisson Hotel Panama Canal

Amador Avenue & Van Hook Street, Panama City, Panama
  • Free Cancellation
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4.5 out of 5.0
 
 

Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Panama City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the property condition ...

Radisson Hotel Panama Canal$72

Jul 23 - Jul 24

Summit Rainforest & Golf Resort

Summit Rainforest & Golf Resort

Omar Torrijos Ave, Paraiso, Panama Canal, Panama City, Panama
  • Free Cancellation
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4.0 out of 5.0
 
 

Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Panama City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...

Summit Rainforest & Golf Resort$59

Jun 24 - Jun 25

Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Gamboa Rainforest Reserve

Corregimiento de Cristobal, IA 5, Colon, Colon
  • Free Cancellation
3.5 out of 5.0
 
 

Stay at this 3.5-star family-friendly hotel in Colon. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...

Gamboa Rainforest Reserve$119

Jun 29 - Jun 30

*Prices are cruise only, per person, double occupancy. Taxes, fees and port expenses not included. Rates are valid for US and Canadian residents only. Fuel supplement may apply. Savings advertised and Expedia Extras are based on specific cabin types and sailing dates, and may not be available for all cabin types/sailings.