Panama Canal Cruises
Cruising a Modern Wonder
Panama Canal cruises come in two versions. The most popular way to experience the Panama Canal is on a 10 or 11 day cruise roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale. Most of those cruises go through the canal locks into the Gatun Lake and back, while some other cruises instead call at Colon, Panama, from where passengers can choose to take optional shore excursions along the canal.
The other way to experience the Panama Canal is on a 14 day or longer cruise with a full transit of the canal. Those cruises start in California and end in Florida, or vice versa.
The 10 to 11 day Panama Canal cruises depart from October through April every year. The longer cruises depart during those same months, but the majority of the coast to coast cruises take place in September or in April and May, when the cruise ships reposition to or from the summer cruise season in Alaska.