Cruise Panama: From the Big Blue Sea

The workings of the Panama Canal are a sight to behold whether or not you're a history buff or mechanically inclined. The Panama Canal was completed in 1914, at the cost of 30,000 people's lives and funding from two nations.

Today, most of the original innovations and machinery is still utilized. However, there's no better way to tour the canal than in a firsthand experience through its passage.

Touring the Panama Canal by cruise ship makes for an amazing vacation and a historical adventure. It takes about eight hours to make the passage through three locks, which raise the ship solely through gravity through the manmade canal over Central America. Head for the deck to watch your ship line up in the morning to pass through the canal. A canal historian aboard the ship will serve as your guide and provide a running commentary of interesting details and fascinating facts about the Panama Canal's construction and operational history.

The best part of about cruising the Panama Canal is that you not only take in Panama's ports like Colon, Cristobal, Isla San Telmo, or Isla de Coiba and the Canal's amazing views but that these tours usually include several stops at glorious in-route ports of call, which may include Mexico's Cozumel, Puerto Vallarta, or Acapulco, the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica's Limon, Caldera, or Guanacaste, and even Jamaica's Montego Bay.

Exert yourself by day via on-shore Panama Canal cruise excursions like tours of Panama City, the Gutun Locks, or the Embera Indian Village, canal kayaking adventures among the Colon wildlife, or take in the sights and experiences of the other visited port cities.

Experience a natural world unlike any other, and then return to the coziness and elegance of your cruise ship's fine dining room and a cabin with a view. Enjoy the ship's nightlife and entertainment, shopping, and fine dining between visits to a plethora of eye-catching views and an exploratory journey of the Panama Canal and beyond.

By Adam Lenk

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