Immersing yourself in Central American culture on a Panama Canal cruise

Century Bridge, Pananma Canal
Century Bridge, Pananma Canal

The Panama Canal is full of history and exotic traditions that can't be found anywhere else in the world. To see the area in all of its splendor, there's no better way to do so than on a Panama Canal cruise vacation. Here is a taste of what you can expect to see as you escape completely® between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts on the 2-Day Canal Experience from Princess Cruises. This option will give you the chance to sail through the Panama Canal locks, explore the wonders of Panama City and visit Fuerte Amador. 

Panama Canal Railway
Visitors who choose to travel the Panama Canal Railway will get a unique look at the rainforest from the inside out as they make their way toward the canal locks. The railway, which has been in existence since 1855, once served as a route for individuals looking to head north to California to cash in on the gold rush. Today, there are excursions offered to tourists who want to get a better understanding of how the canal works, the purpose it serves and how it will continue to influence history.

Soberania National Park
Another site you might want to visit while on your Panama Canal cruise is the Soberania National Park, which is a short drive from Panama City. The park is thought to be one of the easiest conservations to access in Central America for bird viewing. Travelers who stop by will also have the opportunity to visit the Rainforest Discovery Center where they can view the unique lush, green landscape from above.

More than 400 different species of tropical birds are thought to live at Soberania National Park, making it a natural treasure to locals, visitors and bird enthusiasts alike.

Lake Arenal
As your cruise takes you to Costa Rica, you'll find just as many majestic rainforests and tropical landscapes as you did in the Panama Area, with one exception - Costa Rica is also home to some of the most popular volcanoes in the world.

Lake Arenal is a must-visit location for travelers who are interested in scenic views and the chance to get up close to a real volcano. Here, travelers can kayak along the lake to the base of the Arenal Volcano, which dominates the skyline. While in the area, visitors are also permitted to engage in a series of watersports, including windsurfing and sailboarding, with the volcano serving as a backdrop.

For the Panama Canal cruise of a lifetime, choose an itinerary from Princess Cruises.