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A tour or cruise of Panama offers the perfect mix of nature, adventure and culture. Discover clear blue waters for snorkeling and diving, lush rainforests, vibrant indigenous communities, and idyllic islands. A trip to Panama wouldn't be complete without a visit to the manmade "eighth wonder of the world", the Panama Canal. But, Panama has much more to offer like Bocas del Toro, a Caribbean paradise where its Isla Bastimentos reveals an ecosystem rife with both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife. Glance into the lives of a vibrant Caribbean Kuna indigenous community in the San Blas Islands. Hike through biodiverse rainforests and along seemingly endless beaches.  Adventure Life has many all-inclusive Panama trips combining Panama wildlife with the life-affirming Panameño people. Contact us to start planning your trip. 
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10 Best Cruises to Panama for 2023-2024

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Caribbean Adventure - Bocas Town$22358Dec 7, 2022This 8-day land-based tour highlights the best of Costa Rica and Panama! Whitewater excitement and rainforest exploration in Costa Rica couple with …
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Discover Panama$24778Dec 11, 2022This 8-day hotel-based tour of Panama takes you from metropolitan Panama City, through the lowland tropical forest of Soberania National Park, …
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Encounter Panama$17237Dec 8, 2022Begin your Panama journey at the manmade marvel, the Panama Canal, and continue your travels into the region's tropical forests, visiting an …
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Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama$25908Dec 31, 2022Board the Panorama for this 8-day Pacific Ocean cruise along the coasts of Costa Rica and Panama. Discover rarely visited ports of call, hidden …
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Unveiled Wonders: Panama and Costa Rica$58458Dec 10, 2022Join the Safari Voyager on this fantastic 8-day cruise of Panama & Costa Rica to admire the tropical wonders this famous region has to offer. Start …
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Panama Canal Full Transit$3391Dec 17, 2022This Panama City one-day tour takes you on the incredible journey from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean, traversing two impressive …
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Caribbean Adventure$29049Dec 10, 2022Experience the Caribbean from Costa Rica to Panama on this 9-day land-based adventure tour. Whitewater rafting and rainforest exploration along Costa …
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Crossing the Panama Canal: Panama to Costa Rica$25908Dec 24, 2022Cruise along the Pacific Ocean coast of Costa Rica and Panama. Each day you'll discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to …
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Panama and Colombia: Exploring the Caribbean Coast$62908Oct 28, 2023Discover an astonishing trove of natural and cultural treasures as you navigate the Caribbean coasts of Panama and Colombia on this 8-day cruise …
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Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America – with Smithsonian Journeys$60308Feb 11, 2023This magnificent 8-day voyage onboard Le Bellot explores Panama and Costa Rica's vast natural splendors. Among the highlights of this trip are …
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10 Best Panama Canal Cruises for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Panama Canal Full Transit$3391Dec 17, 2022This Panama City one-day tour takes you on the incredible journey from the Atlantic Ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean, traversing two impressive …
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Discover Panama$24778Dec 11, 2022This 8-day hotel-based tour of Panama takes you from metropolitan Panama City, through the lowland tropical forest of Soberania National Park, …
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Encounter Panama$17237Dec 8, 2022Begin your Panama journey at the manmade marvel, the Panama Canal, and continue your travels into the region's tropical forests, visiting an …
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Caribbean Adventure$29049Dec 10, 2022Experience the Caribbean from Costa Rica to Panama on this 9-day land-based adventure tour. Whitewater rafting and rainforest exploration along Costa …
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Panama Canal Partial Transit$270½Dec 10, 2022Climb aboard and experience the "Eighth Wonder of the World" first hand as you transit through the Miraflores Locks to the Pacific Ocean.
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Explore Panama City$263½Jan 3, 2023Tour Panama City with a local guide, well versed in the history of the area. See a transit of the Panama canal and tour Casco Antiguo where the …
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Fort San Lorenzo and Canal Railway$3701Jan 3, 2023Visit this UNESCO World Heritage site with your local guide. Tour the fort, invaded by pirate Captain Morgan, and learn about this historic structure.
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Crossing the Panama Canal: Costa Rica to Panama$25908Dec 31, 2022Board the Panorama for this 8-day Pacific Ocean cruise along the coasts of Costa Rica and Panama. Discover rarely visited ports of call, hidden …
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Barbados to Panama$357015Nov 4, 2023Starting at the Caribbean port of Bridgetown, this 15-day cruise aboard the Royal Clipper sails through the turquoise Caribbean waters en route to …
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Panama to Antigua$357015Nov 18, 2023Starting in Balboa, Panama, sail through warm Caribbean waters as you make your way to the Antigua aboard the Royal Clipper. Over the course of 15 …
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2 Best Luxury Tours & Cruises of Panama for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Panama and Costa Rica by Sea: The Natural Wonders of Central America – with Smithsonian Journeys$60308Feb 11, 2023This magnificent 8-day voyage onboard Le Bellot explores Panama and Costa Rica's vast natural splendors. Among the highlights of this trip are …
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142-Day Extraordinary Discoveries$192598100Jan 6, 2023From Miami to Barcelona, embark on Seabourn Sojourn for a 142-day world cruise to discover 61 destinations and 32 countries. The voyage includes …
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Top Places to Visit on Panama's Caribbean

White beaches with nesting tortoises, Caribbean islands with indigenous peoples and mile after mile of paradise await you on the Caribbean side of Panama. Here are some of our favorite spots to plan a Panama trip around:

San Blas Islands are made of over 360 islands off the Caribbean Coast of Panama, only 60 of which are inhabited. The islands are virtually self-governed by the local Kuna indigenous people who host and educate travelers about their traditional lifestyle in harmony on these pristine islands.

Bocas del Toro Islands, an isolated chain of islands off the northeast coast of Panama let you dive into a relaxed Caribbean vibe. Explore Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park and its endless coral reefs for world class snorkeling and sea kayaking.

Portobelo was founded by Christopher Columbus on his fourth voyage to the new continent in 1597, and naturally, this quaint town is full of stories of conquests and plunder. Explore Portobelo and the coastline of the Caribbean side of the Panama Canal on a cruise of Panama's Caribbean coast to the Pacific Ocean.
Panama Fun Facts

The famous "Panama Hats" are not actually from Panama, but rather Ecuador, where they were originally made and are known as toquilla straw hats. Their popular use during the construction of the Panama Canal gave them their misnomer.

One of the most well known palindromes in the world: A MAN, A PLAN, A CANAL, PANAMA. 

The only capital city in the world that has a rainforest within its city limits is Panama City.

Panama was the first country in Latin America to adopt US currency as its own.

Panama is the only country in the world where you can swim in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in one day without flying from one coast to another.
Panama Canal Cruises
Why take a Panama Canal cruise?
Since the Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific, not only do you experience all the best that Panama has to offer, but you can also explore destinations in Costa Rica and the Caribbean

How long are they?
We offer Panama Canal cruises that are between 7-days and two weeks, however if you find another land-based excursion that you like, we also feature several day-long or half-day extension tours that you can add on after your other itinerary ends.

What are the activities on a Panama Canal cruise? 
These cruises are great for travelers of all ages and especially families, since there are a lot of engaging activities along the way. A few examples of things you might do include:
  • Journey to the Darien Jungle and meet Embera Indians.
  • Kayak along beautiful & unspoiled beaches.
  • Experience the history & operation of the Panama Canal.
  • Explore Barro Colorado Island & its abundant wildlife.
  • Visit historic sites of the Spanish conquistadors.
  • Transit along the Panamá Canal, a marvel of engineering and human tenacity.
  • Enjoy bird watching on an exciting skiff exploration in the Gulf of Panama.
  • Visit Granito de Oro islet, named one of the world’s top 10 diving sites.
  • Hike through the jungle in incredible Corcovado National Park.
  • Snorkel in the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean and tropical Pacific Islands.
     

Best Panama Cruise Lines for 2023-2024

  • Ponant the only cruise company sailing under the French flag, can dock in private ports and offer stopovers in preserved locations. Panama is world-famous for its canal, but it has much more to offer. While transiting the Panama Canal highlights every Central American cruise, interactions with animals and indigenous people are likely to create lasting memories.
  • Lindblad Expeditions - Over 50+ years of exploration, its veteran staff, and the quality companionship they provide have established its reputation. Discover an astonishing trove of natural and cultural treasures as you navigate the Caribbean coast of Panama aboard the National Geographic Quest. Hike through deep rainforests rich in biodiversity, explore remote inlets by Zodiac or kayak, and meet the indigenous people of a remote Panamanian archipelago where age-old customs still exist.
  • Variety Cruises - the Greek cruise line crosses the legendary Panama Canal, venturing deep into the countries' national parks searching for macaws, sloths, howler monkeys, and dolphins with an onboard naturalist on the Panorama
  • UnCruise - Almost 25 years later, innovation continues to be at the core of its motto. The newly refurbished, upscale 62-guest Safari Voyager explores Panama's coasts, jungles, and islands.
  • Star Clippers Americas - have a complimentary water sports program that lets passengers borrow snorkeling equipment for the duration of the cruise. The 166-passenger Star Clipper, a true sailing ship, will be calling on ports in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, and its famed canal starting November 2022. 
  • Aurora Expeditions - is all about exploration. Led by specialists, enjoy a daily program of activities and shore excursions. Depending on the itinerary you choose, you can look forward to Zodiac trips twice daily and the opportunity to land ashore in places few are ever fortunate enough to visit. Join its inaugural Panama Canal voyage and traverse the iconic Panama Canal on guaranteed daylight crossing from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea aboard Greg Mortimer.


 
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