South America & Panama Canal Cruises

South America & Panama Canal Cruises
Some of the most unique and extraordinary cruise routes in the world go through Latin and South America. A warm tropical climate and crystal blue ocean waters have made such sea voyages popular with vacationers from all over the world. Cruises through the century-old Panama Canal, which joins the Caribbean Sea with the Pacific Ocean, have become particularly in demand. In order to accommodate this popularity, a number of cruise lines have stepped up their efforts to offer top-notch deals for cruises. Guests can opt for onshore excursions to hike and otherwise explore the magnificent scenery.

Princess Cruises

Princess offers one of the most popular and comprehensive arrays of South American cruise packages in the business. First, patrons choose whether to sail the Pacific or Atlantic coast of South America, and then decide what landmarks and attractions are most important for their trip.

For instance, the cruise line offers packages with pit stops in Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana and Lima, Peru. See Machu Pichu and the Andes Mountains or gaze on the Antarctic peninsula as you sail around Cape Horn. Explore the Falkland Islands or sail through the Patagonian ice fields off the coast of Chile.

Regardless of which package you choose, all ships are furnished with spacious, tastefully decorated staterooms, friendly staff and offer a whole host of amenities. Sip cocktails by the pool or pamper yourself in the spa and fitness center by day. Enjoy the casino or any number of shows, movies and dancing by night. Several first-class restaurants are aboard, from a steakhouse to New Orleans-style creole, as well as 24-hour room service. And of course, shopping and dining options are abundant at any one of the many ports of call where the ship docks along the way.


Holland America Line

Holland America is known for offering a myriad of different Panama Canal trips with numerous ports of call along the way, ranging from 14-day to 28-day excursions. Most cruises depart from either Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or San Diego, with one also departing from Los Angeles.

Travelers can choose the best package that fits their desired destinations, whether they want to see the lush jungles of Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, or experience the nightlife of Acapulco, Mexico. Buy knickknacks at a market in Corinto, Nicaragua, or taste delightful seafood dishes in the Bahamas' Half Moon Cay.

Each ship features spacious, luxurious staterooms with premium bed linens, exclusive bath amenities, terrycloth bath robes, complimentary fresh fruit and views of the ocean. Onboard activities range from exclusive art tours to a fitness center, salon and spa center. The main dining room is a master class in opulence, decorated in fine art and antiques, presenting generous five-course meals and extensive wine lists. Or simply choose to dine in the privacy of your own private veranda.

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Crystal Cruises

Crystal features a bevy of popular cruise options through the Panama Canal or around South America. The majority of cruise packages through the Canal depart from either Miami or Costa Rica, with most trips lasting from 11 to 15 days. A New York to Los Angeles trip runs 19 days and a Miami round trip extends a full 22 days.

Six different South American cruise packages range from 13 days through the West Indies, French Guiana and ultimately to beautiful Brazil, to a 19-day excursion from Rio de Janeiro through the Straits of Magellan, along the Antarctic coast, and finally to Chile.

Regardless of the package, five-star amenities and first-class treatment are the hallmarks of every ship and every trip. Spacious cabins and suites feature unobstructed views of the ocean, wireless internet, DVD and TV, bottled water and soft drinks, Egyptian cotton bath towels, plush robes, and slippers.

Between exploring various ports of call, enjoy onboard activities such as a casino, fitness center, spa, swimming pool, and any number of evening shows and performances. Dining options include regional South American and international cuisine served in the Crystal dining room or enjoy room service 24 hours a day.

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Article Written By Mark Heidelberger

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 17 years, with recent articles appearing on various websites. He has also written, rewritten and developed dozens of feature-film screenplays and manages a number of film and television writers. He holds a master's degree from University of California, Los Angeles in film and television producing.

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