Panama Canal cruises

Set sail with Princess® – the #1 cruise line in the Panama Canal

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We’re the number one cruise line sailing to this bucket list destination, and as awe-inspiring as it is to travel through one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 7 Cruise Wonders of the World, we’ll help you explore equally fascinating places along the way. So stretch out on a Caribbean beach, admire the pristine rainforests, stroll the cobbled streets of colonial towns and journey through the fabled Panama Canal.

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Three ways to see this epic wonder

The world's greatest shortcut
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  • Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale
  • Visit colorful islands and tropical rainforests
  • Sail through the new expanded Agua Clara Locks or the historic Gatun Locks
  • Scenic cruising through Gatun Lake
  • Be one of the first to sail the newly renovated Caribbean Princess®

Ocean Medallion™ available on select east coast departures

A view of the Panama Canal from the bow of a Princess ship.
  • One way between Los Angeles and Ft. Lauderdale
  • Sail between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans transitioning between all three sets of locks - Gatun Miraflores and Pedro Miguel
  • Explore and visit island gems in the Caribbean, lush rainforests in Central America, and the culturally diverse ports along the Pacific coast
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  • Roundtrip Los Angeles
  • Travel through the Pedro Miguel and Miraflores locks to beautiful Gatun Lake
  • Discover San Juan del Sur, the gateway to Lake Nicaragua, volcanoes and picturesque beaches
  • Visit Guatemala's rich Mayan heritage and festive ports in Mexico
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Introducing Ocean Medallion™

Available on select Panama Canal Cruises starting September 2018

Let us make your cruise vacation even better. Ocean Medallion amplifies your experience with personalized service that anticipates your needs, wants & desires.

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Why Princess is #1

Meaningful travel to a bucket-list destination
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The leader in the Canal

From ships custom built to sail the massive locks to immersive onboard programs and onshore adventures that inspire, Princess is the number one way to explore this epic phenomenon. We've sailed the Panama Canal since 1967 and we have more itinerary choices and departures of any cruise line in the region.

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Photo: View of locks from the ship

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Destination Immersion

We craft our itineraries to enrich our guests' experiences to provide the most exposure to this bucket-list destination. You'll be enchanted by Spanish and Dutch cities dating back centuries, as well as diverse tropical rainforests, white-sand beaches, dramatic volcanoes and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. And Princess provides live narration from the bridge while transiting the locks, just one reason we were voted "Best Cruise Line for Enrichment" by Cruise International.

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Photo: Las Bovedas in Cartagena, Colombia

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Onboard Experience

Princess brings the Panama Canal and surrounding regions to life onboard. Our Carnaval de Panama Festival of the World celebration focuses on indigenous music and dance, locally inspired cuisine, plus expert guest speakers and enrichment programs that put the spotlight on the unique history of the Canal.

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Photo: Carnaval de Panama

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Abundant Adventures Ashore

Each voyage offers a myriad of experiences and cultures. There is something for every type of explorer in this culturally diverse region. Choose from immersive excursions such as exploring the engineering mastery of the Canal, trekking through surrounding rainforests, visiting local villages and relaxing on the pristine beaches of the Caribbean.

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Photo: Old City in Cartagena, Colombia

Let Princess get you there

Embrace Panama's rich history and culture
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CONVENIENT TRANSFER OPTIONS FROM YOUR AIRPLANE TO THE SHIP

We want to make your cruise as smooth as possible so you can relax, and explore the world. That's why we offer Princess airport-to-ship transfers, a secure and worry-free way to start and end your vacation with reliable and courteous Princess staff transporting you and your luggage via comfortable motorcoach.

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Cruise Plus Hotel Packages

Add peace of mind and a sense of security to your vacation with a Cruise Plus® Hotel Package. Give yourself a few days to relax either before or after your Panama Canal cruise and take in the sights of a sensational city. Princess handles all the details – including transfers and baggage handling – with accommodations selected for their incredible locations and excellent service.

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