The 3 Types of Panama Canal Cruises

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There are three types of cruise ships you can take to see the wonder up close!

The 40-mile Panama Canal is a common route for cruise ships due to its lush landscape and calm waters. The canal runs through a part of the protected rainforest, the Soberanía National Park, which would otherwise be difficult for tourists to see. Along the way, you will likely see resident monkeys, crocodiles, manatees, and more.

Cruises through the Panama Canal also highlight the wonder of the man-made canal itself. This large trench was made in the early 20th century and has fascinated travelers for decades.

Full transits

Passenger ships carrying between 20 and 2,800 passengers regularly pass through the Panama Canal. A 2016 expansion now allows for larger ships (up to 160 feet compared to the original 106 foot limitation). Ships such as the Norwegian Pearl, Island Princess, Queen Elizabeth, and Disney Wonder are subject to these restrictions.

Full Caribbean and Pacific transits are available most of the year on ships of almost all sizes, but many people opt for a repositioning cruise on one of the ships that is en route to Alaska in late spring or late spring. return from Alaska during the fall. These cruises generally travel between Florida and California, stopping in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico along the way. These same cruise itineraries are popular from October to April.

Full transits are also available as part of longer voyages such as world cruises, circumnavigations of South America, or other long-term voyages. They offer longer itineraries than partial cruises for those who have time (and money) to spare.

Partial Transits

Most full-transit Panama Canal cruises take 11 days or more, but not all travelers have time to take such a long vacation. For this reason, some cruises offer partial transits of the Panama Canal, usually as part of a larger cruise through the western or southern Caribbean. These ships pass through the Gatún Locks, enter Gatún Lake and leave the same way.

While these cruises do not cross the entire Panama Canal, they do provide a taste of its spectacular rainforest environment and also offer a glimpse of Panama itself through a stop in Colón. Even partial transits allow passengers to see first-hand the fascinating operation of the canal.

Small Ship Cruise Tours

Those who can't handle the hustle and bustle of a large cruise ship like Norwegian Pearl may prefer to cruise the canal on a smaller ship, say, one with just 60 guests instead of 2,000. Some companies, like Grand Circle Travel, offer full-transit cruises and land tours for these smaller groups of people. The combo tours, which can last between one and two weeks, provide a more intimate experience and allow travelers to see more of the country than aboard a megavio. Larger ships don't stop in places like Panama City like small ships.

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