Panama Canal cruises

First opened in 1914, the Panama Canal is a marvel of engineering. Gaze out at the tropical jungle from the decks of your Cunard Queen, as you glide through the 50 miles of locks and waterways that connect North and South America.

Panama Canal cruises 2024 and 2025

Whether you’ve always longed to experience the infamous mechanisms of the Panama Canal, or it’s something you’ve not given much thought to, a Panama Canal cruise unlocks a wealth of enticing destinations and experiences.

Panama Canal cruise highlights

As you sail between the mighty Atlantic and Pacific oceans, spend your time on board in any way you wish, perhaps pondering the historic journeys that have taken this unique route in years gone by. If you’re interested in the mechanics of the canal, maybe find a spot on deck and watch as your ship makes its way through. The entire transit takes around eight to ten hours, giving you plenty of time to come and go as you please without feeling like you’ve missed the experience.

On board a Panama Canal cruise

Should you feel like you’ve seen enough, perhaps you’ll be tempted by the array of pastimes to choose from on board. While away the hours completely relaxed by the pool, getting lost in your vacation read as a familiar waiter brings your usual. Maybe you’ll sign up to see an Insight talk or take part in a watercolor class. The choice, as always with Cunard, is yours.

Experience a Panama Canal cruise

A transit of the Panama Canal is something that many people have dreamed of experiencing for themselves. Even if you have no particular interest in engineering, the feeling of your ship rising or falling as it travels through the locks is certainly an extraordinary event. One that truly encapsulates the dream of adventure travel. As you watch the passing landscapes, perhaps order a little something to toast the occasion.

History of Panama Canal cruises

The notion of a canal to link the Pacific and Atlantic oceans had been in conception since 1534 after Spanish explorers arrived in Panama. After centuries of attempts, the project was finally completed and opened in 1914, enabling ships to make the journey without needing to face the difficult route around Cape Horn in Chile. 

You too could experience this truly extraordinary transit, rising up – or down – 26 meters above sea level through six sets of locks, all against a backdrop of ever-changing scenery. Then, after you make the journey, a whole host of exciting experiences await in Central America itself. 

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