Thinking of taking a Panama Canal/Central America cruise? There are definitely at least 5 great reasons, including an engineering marvel, rainforests, Belize and private islands… and more!
Panama Canal/Central America Cruise
Experience the wonder of modern engineering as you float through the famous series of locks of the Panama Canal. A Panama Canal cruise explores the historical and international significance of the canal and incorporates the Costa Rican rainforests and ancient cities like Cartagena. A Central America cruise allows you to explore Mayan ruins in Belize, scenic beauty in Honduras, and tropical Costa Rica.
1. The Panama Canal is 48 miles long! The series of locks is an engineering marvel that took more than a decade to build. The locks take ships from sea level to over 85 feet above sea level as they go from the Atlantic to the Pacific. For some cruises the Panama Canal will be the main destination of the sailing. These Panama Canal Cruises may include partial or full transit through the canal. Or sometimes sailing through the Panama Canal is part of a larger World Cruise or a repositioning cruise when cruise lines are moving their ships from the East Coast of the US to the West Coast. Either way getting to experience the sailing through the locks is an amazing experience.
2. Rainforests of Costa Rica! See beautiful waterfalls, volcanic beaches, and exotic wildlife when exploring ports in this country. While you’re there check out the agriculture that Costa Rica is famous for -Coffee and bananas!
3. Panama offers more than just the canal. While the Panama Canal is a must see when you are at port there are several UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Panama as well, including the Archaeological Site of Panamá Viejo and Historic District of Panamá. The Historic District of Panamá is the oldest European Settlement on the Pacific Coast founded in 1519. You can also explore an Embera Indian Village-where the indigenous people of the area live.
4. Belize–This tropical paradise offers beaches, jungles, caves, ancient ruins, and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere(it can be seen from space)!
5. Private Islands! While you’ll find many of the cruise lines’ private islands in the Bahamas, two of the newest can be found in Central America. Carnival’s Mahogany Bay on the Island of Rotan, Honduras. It opened in 2009 and features beaches, fishing, and wildlife reserves. Norwegian Cruise Line’s Harvest Caye in Belize opened in 2016. Harvest Caye features beaches, pools, a large marina, shopping, and The Flighthouse-a 136-foot-high venue for aerial activities
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