Panama Canal Cruises

A Unique Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway Idea for Couples


Panama Canal cruises are not just a shortcut across the narrowest point of land separating the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The Panama Canal is really a series of locks, man made lakes and natural waterways that form an internationally beneficial trade route. The greatest benefit for travelers is not just the speed at which you can go for one hemisphere to the other, but that it is surrounded by lush tropical forests, amazing mountains and can be enjoyed while on board a modern luxury cruise ship.

Most Panama Canal cruises start either at a port in the Atlantic or Pacific and use the canal as a highlight while traversing to the east or west. This causes many people to think of the trip as just a transition. That particular line of thinking needs adjustment. The canal region also includes tropical islands, beaches, riverside towns and mountains to explore. That means that many couples take shore excursions to get a sampling of everything.

Many cruise ships actually do not traverse the canal itself, even if it is often called the 8th wonder of the world. There is a toll for passenger ships that can be substantial. The highest toll charged in 2008 was over three hundred thousand dollars. This cost usually means an increase in rates for passengers. The longer the total length of your trip, the more cost effective it becomes. We strongly advocate balcony rooms for longer trips. The views are well worth a little extra.

A sample itinerary for Panama Canal cruises that only stop in Panama often begins in Florida. From there you’d typically go to Jamaica, Panama Canal, Cristobal, Limon (Costa Rica) and Grand Cayman and/or Cozumel, Mexico before returning to Ft. Lauderdale.

On the Atlantic side, the city of Colon has experienced a resurgence of tourism and built a new port specifically to accommodate modern passenger vessels. Colon has a large Spanish speaking population. This city is close to Portebelo, where you’ll see amazing architecture and carving including the Black Christ.

From this port, you can have a tour that takes you to Panama City in less than an hour. This city earns the nickname of “Crossroads of the World” every day. The international traffic is astounding. Thousands of people come here on a daily basis to see this thriving urban center. Shopping and a lively nightlife are the primary reasons most people will visit.

Travelers expect tropical beaches on any cruise through the canal and they are not disappointed. On the Pacific side, some will have you wondering why they are so familiar. If you have seen an episode of Lost on television, you have seen some of the beaches of Panama. The television productions stress the isolation, but quite often, there is a resort or city right behind the cameras. Finding a place to have a cold drink on the beach is as simple as turning around.

Chiriqui is one of the most popular beach areas for couples. The mountains at your back and the softness of the sand are as perfect a tropical sensation as you could hope to share.


The sea air, the sun, exotic lands and ports of call all combined with the delights of seeing the world with new eyes. Is there a better way to relax than a long leisurely cruise? Check out some Romantic Cruise Ship Vacations for two. You'll be on your way to the honeymoon or romantic getaway of your dreams.

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