How to Find a Panama Canal Cruise

How to Find a Panama Canal Cruise
The Panama Canal is considered one of the man-made wonders of the world. Connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, the canal is not only a channel for international commerce but also a popular route for cruises. For the outdoor enthusiast, a cruise through the Panama Canal offers a rare opportunity to traverse the waters of an ocean and a sea that are separated by two continents in addition to visiting tropical locations.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to find a Panama Canal cruise

Things You’ll Need:
  • Research Travel Agent (optional) Comfortable Clothes Sun Block Sunglasses Camera Money for Souvenirs Umbrella/Raincoat
  • Research
  • Travel Agent (optional)
  • Comfortable Clothes
  • Sun Block
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Money for Souvenirs
  • Umbrella/Raincoat
Step 1
Conduct research on the Internet or consult a travel agent to discuss the possible ports where your cruise will stop and the length of the cruise. Some cruises through the Panama Canal can last up to a month. If you would like to take advantage of such an option, it may be advantageous to hire a trained professional that will know what you will need for such a long trip.
Step 2
Determine your final destination. Panama Canal cruises usually leave from either Southern California or Florida and will arrive on the other side of the country. Several different ending destinations do exist. For example, if you are leaving from Ft. Lauderdale in Florida, you can either dock in Los Angeles or San Diego. Research the cities that are available to you based on what you would like to experience once off the cruise liner. Cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, and Ft. Lauderdale have a lot of activities to offer. Extensive research will be your best friend when planning activities in these cities.
Step 3
Determine the ports that you will be stopping in. The location from where you depart (Southern California or Florida) will determine, in part, where you will stop along the way. Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and other locations in Mexico are likely stops if departing from Southern California. Cruises departing from Florida stop at more tropical locations such as Aruba and Central America. Some stops in Central America tend to be tropical, an exciting prospect for any nature lover.
Step 4
Partial tours of the Panama Canal are also available and are usually much cheaper. These cruises usually depart from either Gulf or Atlantic ports enter the Canal, turn around and return to the same port. If you are short on time, the partial tour may be the optimal choice. Smaller ship cruises are also available and can venture where some of the bigger cruise ship are unable to go, giving you a more intimate look at Central America.

Tips & Warnings

The best time to go on a Panama Canal cruise is after November, when the rainy season ends. . The Panama Canal cruise season usually lasts from October through April.
Travelers going to Panama should have their hepatitis A and typhoid shots. Keep identification and money on you at all times and stay with your travel group. Speaking with a travel agencies may give you more information regarding how to have a good time while remaining as safe as possible.


Article Written By David Montoya

David Montoya is an attorney who graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He also holds a Master of Arts in American Indian studies. Montoya's writings often cover legal topics such as contract law, estate law, family law and business.

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