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Cruise through the Panama Canal

Marvel at the engineering wonder of the Panama Canal on our stunningly redesigned Celebrity Summit®, Celebrity Infinity®, and soon Celebrity Constellation®. 

Sailing through the engineering masterpiece that connects the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean is a bucket-list event on its own, but along the way you’ll also visit other exciting tropical destinations steeped in culture, history, and natural beauty. Explore the breathtaking beaches of Cabo San Lucas, the colorful colonial architecture of Cartagena, the thriving jungles of Costa Rica, and more.

On your Panama Canal cruise, venture deep into the Panamanian rain forest, meet the locals, and learn the inner workings of the fascinating Panama Canal’s locks. Take an Eco Cruise on Lake Gatun and explore island habitats created during the Canal’s building. Uncover legends of pirates and conquistadors among the ruins of Panama Viejo.

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Panama Canal Cruise Highlights

Adventure

Hike up to an active volcano. Raft one of the many rivers. Scuba dive in its beautiful seas, or zip along a cable through the rainforest tree tops. There are so many adventure sports such as kayaking, rafting, rappelling, and horseback riding.

History

Casco Viejo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers streets lined with old architecture plus modern amenities like restaurants and shops. The best historical structures are the churches, including the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, dating from 1619, and the Iglesia de San Jose, noted for its vaulted side chapels and golden altar. 

Natural Beauty

Central America has breathtaking natural areas, perfect for spotting wildlife or hitting the trails. In fact, more than 25% of Costa Rica is protected land or national parks. With more than 900 species of birds in this region, bird watchers can be sure to check the Resplendent Quetzal off their list.

Featured Panama Canal Destinations

Panama, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Grand Cayman—you can explore many distinctive destinations on one luxurious vacation.

Panama Canal (Cruising)

This wonder of engineering, first conceived and built over 100 years ago, has changed the shipping and tourism industries. It has brought us all closer and made the world simpler to navigate by allowing an easier flow of goods and people.

Cartagena, Columbia

Founded as an important Spanish port in 1533, the Old Town of Cartagena de Indias—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—remains largely intact behind high stone walls that peer out over the Caribbean. Truly, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta maintains a small-town atmosphere, while still boasting one of the most unique and sophisticated ocean fronts in Mexico. The calm, warm waters of the Bay of Banderas make for excellent diving, or you can just watch artists sculpt spectacular creations in the sand. The fine art galleries in El Centro are perfect spots to explore local art.

Similar to the Panama Canal Region

If you like the natural beauty, the music, and the rich culture of the Panama Canal region, you may enjoy visiting these similar destinations.

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Panama Canal Departure Ports

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Fort Lauderdale has white sandy beaches, endless shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, and the Atlantic Ocean that welcomes you to swim year-round. For nature lovers, head to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for trails and biking or travel inland to Everglades National Park for an airboat tour, complete with alligator and egret sightings. Beat the heat with a trip to the Museum of Science and Discovery in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where kids and adults can learn something new.

San Diego, California

San Diego is blessed with a year-round Mediterranean climate, which only adds to the attraction of its 70 miles of beaches and outdoor activities. Before embarking on a cruise from San Diego, make sure to allow extra time to explore—from paragliding and kayaking to Legoland and the San Diego Zoo. The superb dining options are endless throughout this city, too. Head over to Liberty Public Market to sample a variety of foods like empanadas, Thai, and freshly baked pastries.

Tampa Bay, Florida

Tampa is a lively city located off the beautiful Gulf Coast of Central Florida. It offers all kinds of world-class museums, natural wonders, and water-based adventures. Stroll through historic Ybor City or along the waterfront where you can grab a bite to eat. Thrill seekers can head to Busch Gardens, home to spectacular roller coasters guaranteed to get your heart pumping. No trip here is complete without discovering why its beaches are consistently ranked among the best in the country.

Amazing Shore Excursions

Discover the rhythms, flavors, and exquisite natural beauty of the Panama Canal and Central America on a wide array of shore excursions.

Exploration

Keep an eye out for monkeys and sloths as a covered boat takes you deep into the Costa Rican jungle or view from an aerial tram. Grab a paddle and ride the legendary (but kid-friendly) rapids of the Reventazon River. 

Relax & Recharge

Banish busy with a relaxing experience. Spend the day crossing Panama from the Caribbean side to the Pacific side with stops at Panama’s two Smithsonian Research Institutes on each end to learn about these unique environments. 

Culture

Panama is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural countries in Central America. Tucked between Columbia and Costa Rica, it’s known for its indigenous arts, woodworking, mola embroidery, and pottery. Discover ancient ruins, breathtaking architecture, and beautiful rainforests.

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Ships Sailing Here

We’re excited to announce our newly revolutionized ship, Celebrity Constellation®, is making Tampa her winter home beginning in November of 2020 and will be offering 10- and 11-night island-hopping vacations in the Caribbean including the Panama Canal.

Celebrity Infinity®

Celebrity Summit®

Celebrity Constellation®

The Many Sides Of The Panama Canal

You want it all. Or can’t decide? This region offers vastly different environments to explore—from urban cities to sandy beaches to misty rainforests to engineering marvels. All on one amazing vacation.

Cities

Old meets new in modern cities where the treasured elements are honored. The colonial walled city of Cartagena and Colon are two places you’ll want to visit on a Panama Canal cruise.

Beaches

Sunny sanctuaries await at some of the world’s best beaches. Pack your bag for Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Exhale and enjoy.

Rainforests

Panama, Guatemala, and Costa Rica offer some of the world’s most dense rainforests perfect for exploring in new landscapes, fiery volcanos, ancient Mayan ruins, and local wildlife. 

Helpful Tips Before You Go

 

Just a few things to remember:

  • Pack your camera
  • Pack sunscreen, a bathing suit, sunglasses, and bug repellant
  • Call your bank to let them know the countries you will be visiting 
  • Turn on your international cellular service plan 
  • Have your documents protected and photocopied 
  • Research the ports and check the weather to pack properly
  • Book Flights by Celebrity to be protected in case of any cancellations 
  • Research the shore excursions and book them in advance, pre-cruise. The popular shore excursions sell out fast.

 

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