Best Cruise Line for Panama Canal Cruise

Starting to look into a Panama Canal Cruise for 2019. Interested in the 14+ day.

Looking for input on best cruise line for this type of cruise. I have sailed on RCCL, Princess, NCL and Viking. Leaning towards Royal.

Tags: Panama Canal Central America Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

19 Answers

My only suggestion would be to look for a ship that is doing a repositioning. You might be able to save some money.

Like LaCastillo, we did HOL. I was up before the sun and had the entire experience from a great position. Warning: the sun is a baker. I lathered up having been forewarn except for my sandal feet. ohhh..............

I agree that it is hard to book a cruise line based on its Panama Canal cruises. I think that it is best to do a full transit, so I would pick a cruise line that does these. Three times I have done full transits from East to West & West to East with HAL and I was never disappointed. The narration on board was excellent. They open the bow of the ship, serve lemonade, juice and continental breakfast outside so you don't miss a thing. They also come around during the afternoon with refreshment so you stay hydrated. Lunch was served poolside also.

Went thru the old canal on Carnival Miracle, then did a partial on Carnival Triumph, going thru the new canal on Carnival Freedom, so I guess I like Carnival.

I am looking forward to reading your review on the new locks. It looked cool from the older locks this past December.

In 2016 I took the Pacific Princess from Long Beach CA (Los Angeles) to Fort Lauderdale in May. It was a 17 day cruise with 10 of those days being at sea. We went thru the "old canal". It was very enjoyable. The smaller ship was terrific - 690 passengers. We usually go on the mid sized ships around 2000 passengers,. Got to know crew and other passengers and service was excellent. Will definitely go thru the canal again but westbound this time.

As a naval architect (and Chief Engineer on a large ship), I'm pretty sure the Panamax term was for the older, narrower canal. The newer, wider canal can handle what are called New Panamax vessels. If a ship is too big for the Panama Canal, it is referred to as Post Panamax...

You should know. Thank you for the clarification. This is a great place to learn some of the nuances of sailing.Big Smile

We are sailing the 16 day ocean to ocean cruise on Norwegian. We are long time NCL fans. Cannot wait to board the Joy in a few short months!

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