Built in 1914, the Panama Canal was a dream more than 400 years in the making. The epic man-made marvel connects two oceans and attracts thousands of tourists to Central America each year. By combining this world-famous waterway with great ports and exciting land excursions, a Regent Seven Seas Cruise through the Panama Canal appeals to more than one type of passenger. With on-board lectures, day trips to historical sites, and hikes through the rainforest, there’s something for everyone on board a Panama Canal cruise.
Traversing the 40-mile Panama Canal from start to finish, a Panama Canal cruise is a rite of passage for many cruisers and something you’ll remember for a lifetime. Add in compelling ports like Cartagena and Puerto Chiapas and you’re in for a truly unique adventure. And, with a Regent Seven Seas Cruise, you won’t have to worry about booking hotel rooms or car rentals, as the ship serves as both your transportation and lodging. While on board, cruisers will have access to fine dining, state-of-the-art amenities, and nightly entertainment.
Seven Seas Explorer, Mariner, & Navigator
Depending on the exact cruise chosen, your Panama Canal cruise booked through All-Travel will take you on board the Seven Seas Explorer, Mariner, or Navigator. With a July 2016 maiden voyage, the Seven Seas Explorer is Regent’s newest ship, and includes free WiFi and unlimited premium fine wines and champagnes. The Seven Seas Mariner was fully refurbished in 2014 and appeals to travelers seeking tailored onboard experiences, while cruisers on board the Seven Seas Navigator will enjoy large suites with ocean views, the majority with private balconies. Regardless of the cruise line, Regent Seven Seas is known for exceeding even the loftiest expectations.
Things to Do in the Panama Canal
Although a Panama Canal cruise will make stops at ports along the way, nothing will prepare you for the wonder of passing through the Panama Canal’s locks. Each of the Regent Seven Seas’ elegant ships will float gently through the famed series of locks that changed the course of history with their modern engineering, and you’ll get an up close and personal look at the workings of the locks and sights and sounds along the way. Throughout the cruise you’ll be able to explore charming Mexican fishing villages, immerse yourself in the rainforest, or visit the Butterfly Farm in Aruba. If you prefer to relax, there are plenty of quiet beaches waiting for you.
While cruising through the Panama Canal with Regent Seven Seas you’ll encounter some truly exceptional Central American sites, including Puerto Corinto, Cabo San Lucas, and Golfito, among others. Whether you enjoy swimming with dolphins, relaxing on a sandy beach, or learning about the locals at a museum, you’ll gain access to it all while on a Panama Canal cruise. With cruises that range from two weeks to four months in length, you can explore as much of the Panama Canal as your schedule allows. For more information on which shore excursions are offered on a particular cruise, please reference the itinerary of that cruise.
Panama Canal Cruise Tips
It’s important to use common sense and good judgement wherever you go, no matter the crime rate. However, there are places where extra caution is wise, including many of the ports on the Panama Canal and Central American circuit. When cruising the Panama Canal, consider shore excursions over independent touring, as many of the stops along the way have a reputation for petty crime within the main city. If you’re concerned about your safety, you’ll likely be safer on a shore excursion than if you decide to head into town on your own.
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