Why Cruise the Panama Canal?

Witness the engineering marvel known as the eighth wonder of the world:  the mighty Panama Canal.  The result of several nations’ historic efforts, the Panama Canal is truly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, best experienced on an unforgettable journey with Princess Cruises, which was voted among the "Top 10 Medium Ship Cruise Lines" by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

Panama Canal Construction

Historic Engineering

As staggering a concept of digging through the Continental Divide, it also involved constructing the largest earth dam ever built, as well as the most massive canal locks and gates. And through the efforts of over 80,000 workers and the loss of more than 30,000 lives, the greatest single construction project ever undertaken was completed.

Princess Cruise ship in the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal Today

The massive locks control the level of water in the Panama Canal enabling ships to pass through this 51-mile "water bridge". This entire trip takes about nine hours. Ships are lifted and lowered a total of 170 feet as they pass from the Caribbean to the Pacific, crossing over the Isthmus of Panama and straight through the Continental Divide.


The Tortuguero Canal is known as Costa Rica's Amazon due to its rich and exotic flora and fauna. And in Limón, the diversity of the tropical rain forest at La Selva Biological Station is simply amazing. 

Active Adventures in the Panama Canal Region

Active Adventures

From white-sand beaches and coral reefs to snorkeling and shopping - the Panama Canal and its surrounding destinations have it all. Watch the stingrays of Grand Cayman's Stingray Sandbar, scuba dive to the shipwrecked Antilla off the coast of Aruba, go kayaking at Cabo San Lucas in the Sea of Cortez, or raft Jamaica's Martha Brae River.

Grand Cayman

Colorful Cultures

Watch Panama's native Embera Indians perform a ceremonial dance in their village. Delight in the intricate designs of the Kuna Indians' mola embroidery or the unique wood carvings and leather handicrafts in Nicaragua's Masaya Market.

San Juan – Princess Cruises

Panama Canal Cruise Vacations

Princess Cruises offers three distinct ways to experience the Panama Canal, with departures from both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts as well as voyages featuring Princess Signature 2-Day Canal Experiences.