Experience a Panama Canal Cruise with Princess Cruises
Written by: Sydney M Crago on November 05, 2019
It was just over a hundred years ago that the first ship made its way through the 51 miles of the Panama Canal, changing the way people navigated the world. Today, this man-made marvel is one of Conde Nast Traveler’s 7 Cruise Wonders of the World not only for the experience of sailing through its intricate system of locks but also for the vibrant destinations that surround it.
Princess Cruises has been sailing the Panama Canal since 1967, and with over 50 years of experience, they are the leader in Panama Canal cruises. With Princess Cruises, there’s always something more! Not only will you have the chance to sail the canal, but you will also call upon some of the most exciting port destinations in the world.
The land of Pura Vida is rising in popularity among travelers and with good reason. Costa Rica is home to thriving tropical rainforests where nature lovers can take in the beauty of the country’s flora and fauna.
You can opt to spend the day rafting down the Corobici River in Puntarenas, bird watching in the Veragua rainforest, or trying to spot sloths, turtles, and caimans as you float along the Tortuguero Canals. However you spend your time in port, once you’ve had a taste of the pure life that Costa Rica offers, you’re sure to want to go back.
Home to incredible landscapes, historic sites, and coffee farms, Guatemala has something for everyone. Active travelers can hike up the active Pacaya Volcano to experience the panoramic view at the top. History buffs can explore pyramids, palaces, and ballcourts at the Mayan ruins of Iximche. Coffee enthusiasts can tour the Filadelfia Coffee Estate to learn how coffee goes from seed to tree to bean to your morning brew.
Panama is more than its canal! The original site of Panama City, Casco Viejo, is recognized as a UNESCO site. This “old quarter” of Panama City is known for its historic buildings, world-class local coffee, and traditional music, which is still performed and danced to throughout the area.
The BioMuseo is among the city’s most popular sites. Known as the Museum of Biodiversity at Panama, the museum’s exhibits are part of the fun. The building itself is an architectural marvel designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. Its captivating appearance makes it worth a visit!
Planning a Panama Canal Cruise
How can you experience a Princess Cruises Panama Canal cruise? The best way to start planning is to contact your travel agent. Travel agents understand the unique aspects of a Panama Canal cruise and can help you plan your shore excursions ahead of time, maximizing your vacation time. They also have inside knowledge of Princess Cruises and may have access to exclusive offers to help you add value to your experience.