Panama Canal Cruise

Experience the most engaging exploration of the Panama Canal and surrounding ports on a 7-night journey along the smooth tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. Pearl Seas Cruises is one of the only cruise lines that takes guests along the entire length of the Panama Canal, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Begin your journey in Cartagena, Colombia, a former center of commerce for the Colonial Spanish Empire, and today a beautifully preserved city with castles and colorful architecture. Continue to the San Blas Islands, an archipelago of picturesque islands and learn about the native Kuna people from our local guide. Cruise the blue-green waters of Gatun Lake, one of the world’s largest man-made lakes, which is surrounded by scenic rainforest and flourishing with native wildlife. 

Visit Colon, the city entrance to the Panama Canal, before exploring one of the greatest engineering feats in history. Admire the massive locks of the canal from one of the Pearl Mist's observation decks or from the comfort of your private balcony as the ship navigates gently through. Travel to Las Perlas Archipelago and admire the untamed natural beauty of these largely uninhabited islands. End your amazing voyage in the capital of Panama, Panama City, and explore the Casco Viejo, the old city, built in 1674 and accented with French and Spanish Colonial style architecture.




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Cruise Itinerary

Day
Ports of Call
1
Cartagena, Colombia
2
San Blas Islands (Guna Yala Region)
3
Colon, Panama
4
Gatún Lake
5
Panama Canal
6
Las Perlas Archipelago
7
Panama City
8
Disembark in Panama City

Panama Canal Cruise

Get up close views of one of the greatest engineering marvels of all time and a world-changing link between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. Along your journey, explore historic cities, untamed natural beauty, and blue-green waters.

Ports of Call

  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • San Blas Islands (Guna Yala Region)
  • Colon, Panama
  • Gatún Lake
  • Panama Canal
  • Las Perlas Archipelago
  • Panama City
  • Disembark in Panama City

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Pre-Cruise Package

Arrive a day before your exciting journey, and take advantage of our Complimentary Pre-Cruise Package which includes a 1-night hotel stay at the prestigious Hilton Cartagena and transportation to the ship to begin your Panama Canal adventure. For cruises departing in Panama City, enjoy a pre-cruise hotel stay at the renowned at JW Marriott Panama. 

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Day  1
Cartagena, Colombia

Start your journey in the impressively preserved city of Cartagena, ornamented with castles, cobbled alleys, and colorful buildings. Nested within centuries-old colonial stone walls, this culturally rich city played a key role in the expansion of the Spanish empire, with exciting battles between privateers and pirates leading to the creation of walls and fortresses that still stand today. Cartagena was invaded several times over the years due to its prosperity and reputation for having buried treasure. Enjoy a guided exploration of the Old Colonial section of town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and learn how this small seaside city grew into one of Spain’s main trading hubs. 
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Discover Colonial Cartagena

Begin your exploration of Colonial Cartagena with a visit to what is considered to be the most outstanding Spanish military engineering feat in the new world, San Felipe de Barajas Fortress. After enjoying panoramic views of this massive fortress, enter the walled city and step back in time as beautifully preserved 16th-century colonial houses, churches, and squares surround you. Stroll through the narrow streets overhung with flower bedecked balconies as you make your way to Plaza de Bolivar to visit historic sites such as the Gold Museum.
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Day  2
San Blas Islands (Guna Yala Region)

The San Blas Islands is an archipelago of over 300 picturesque islands, facing the azure blue Caribbean Sea. The majority of the islands have no inhabitants, with the exception of the larger ones which are home to the gentle native people known as the Kuna’s. The Kuna take great pride in keeping their lands untouched and beautiful and have their own laws, norms, and values that are very different than the traditional Panamanian culture. Guests will have the opportunity to view their expertly-crafted clothing and textile art found nowhere else.
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The Kuna Experience

Meet your local guide who will lead you on a walking exploration of the island. Learn about the history and culture of the Kuna people, an indigenous self-governing tribe of the islands. Visit the Kuna Yala community and the largest Kuna settlement at Carti Island, where you will be welcomed by children performing interpretative dance and music.     
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Day  3
Colon, Panama

Serving as a main port of entry, Colon, sits at the entrance to the Panama Canal and is Panama’s gateway to the Caribbean. This city is home to Afro-Caribbean descendants of those workers who helped build the canal in the early 20th century. Visit the Canal Expansion Observation Center, a park with viewing platforms over the canal’s Atlantic locks and Gatún Lake. Explore Colón 2000, a popular port with restaurants and unique boutiques.  
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Gatun Locks & Panama Canal Expansion

Your excursion will begin at the Observation Center of the Canal Expansion. This park, surrounded by lush tropical landscapes, allows guests to enjoy unobstructed views of the construction of the new locks for the Panama Canal on the Atlantic Coast, as well as view the majestic Gatun Lake, where ships continue their course along the interoceanic waterway. Your excursion will continue to the largest of the three locks of the Panama Canal, the Gatun Locks. Once you arrive, you will see the magnitude of this engineering marvel, which continues to operate a century later using the same hydraulic system of its inception.  
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Day  4
Gatún Lake

Created in 1913 by the damming of the Chagres River, Gatún Lake is one of the world's largest man-made lakes. At 180 square miles, the Lake is a central part of the Panama Canal, as its waters operate the Panama Canal locks each time a ship passes through. It also provides drinking water to the communities of Panama City and Colon.

The blue-green waters of Gatún Lake are surrounded by tree-lined shores, tiny islands, and impenetrable rainforest areas where native animal and plant species can flourish untouched. As you cruise around the islands, keep an eye out for capuchin monkeys and three-toed sloths hanging from trees, as well as a variety of exotic birds flying overhead.
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Day  5
Panama Canal

Begun by France in 1881, taken over by the United States in 1904, and completed in 1914, the Panama Canal is a towering example of advanced engineering. Its history unfolds right before your eyes as the Pearl Mist navigates through this world-changing link between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. As the ship makes its way through the entire Canal, onboard experts will teach guests about the perseverance and sacrifice required to create one of the greatest engineering feats in history.
   
Witness the Pedro Miguel Lock and the Miraflores Lock in action. Travel under the Centennial Bridge, a major bridge built in 2004 which crosses over the Panama Canal. View the beautiful jungle landscapes along the Culebra Cut, formerly called Gaillard Cut, an artificial valley that cuts through the Continental Divide in Panama. 


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Day  6
Las Perlas Archipelago

Known for pristine white sanded beaches, rich marine life, and protected flora and fauna, Las Perlas Archipelago is comprised of over 250 islands, most of which are uninhabited. The locals call the islands “Islas de las Perlas” (Island of Pearls), a name which originated in 1503, when Spanish Conquistadors discovered the island had an abundance of pearls. 

Isla Del Ray is the biggest island of the archipelago, but Contadora Island is the most famous, because of its great resorts and flourishing tourism. Isla Saboga is the destination for those looking to experience traditional Island culture.
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Las Perlas Island Adventure

Enjoy the morning with your choice of island activities, including paddle boating, kayaking, snorkeling, or fishing. These picturesque islands provide the opportunity to see beautiful coral reefs and exotic marine life such as sting rays, sea turtles, star fish, and even dolphins and whales.

In the afternoon, visit Contadora Island, notable for its role as a hub for Spanish conquistadors and pirates, and learn about Panama’s buccaneering history. Guests can also visit Isla Del Rey, the largest of the Pearl Islands and home to beachfront towns lined with eclectic shops and novelty stores.

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Day  7
Panama City

The capital of Panama, Panama City is the most cosmopolitan city in Central America, where many worlds co-exist. In sharp contrast to the shimmering skyline of glass and steel towers found in the city’s financial and banking center is Casco Viejo, Panama City’s old quarter. Stroll along its centuries-old cobblestone streets, where many architectural styles of Spanish, French, and Antillean tell the tale of this city's dynamic history. Here, many remnants of Panama City’s   conquest by pirate Henry Morgan in 1671 still remain.
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Panama City & Canal Historical Exploration

Begin at the Miraflores Visitor Center, one of the three locks of the Panama Canal. Enjoy a short audiovisual presentation of the past, present, and future of the Panama Canal, before exploring the museum with four floors of exhibits. Then we will move to the second city of Panama’s “Casco Viejo” (old town), built in 1673 after the first Panama City was looted and burned. The predominant architectural styles of the “Old Town” are French and Spanish colonial style. Walk through historic sites, convents, churches, and plazas full of Panamanian crafts.
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Day  8
Disembark in Panama City

End your voyage in the dynamic Panama City which borders one of Central America's richest rain forests. Take advantage of all this lively Latin American city has to offer with our Premium Post-Cruise Package which includes a transfer from the ship to the hotel, and a 1-night premium hotel stay at JW Marriott Panama. Situated along the shores of Punta Pacifica, this luxury hotel boasts striking views of the Panama City Skyline and is conveniently located near shopping and entertainment areas. Transportation to the airport will also be provided.

Pearl Mist

Aboard the 210 guest Pearl Mist, enjoy cruising to the most fascinating destinations in perfect comfort.

At more than 300 square feet, the large and gracefully appointed staterooms are a spacious sanctuary in which to relax after a day of exploration. Enjoy spectacular views from your room’s large window or by stepping onto your private balcony.

Furnishings throughout the ship are elegant and comfortable with a variety of spacious lounges to fit every mood – from the quiet library to the social atmosphere of the Atlantic Lounge. The Pearl Mist also features open sun decks, a fitness area, and a glass-enclosed dining room offering panoramic views.


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Category R

Deckplan

Our exclusive category R staterooms are over 450 square feet and are located in the premier sections of the ship offering an enhanced cruising experience. Each well-appointed room comes with sliding glass doors which lead out to a furnished balcony. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony or simply relax and take in the amazing panoramic views. If there is anything you need, our stewards are on hand 24/7 to handle even the smallest of requests.

Category L

Deckplan

Our premium category L staterooms are over 300 square feet and are located on the 5th deck level of the ship, allowing for plenty of privacy. No attention to detail was spared in the design of these modern staterooms. Each comes with sliding glass doors leading to a private balcony where guests can enjoy pleasant breezes and scenic views.  Some of these rooms have adjoining doors, an option for guests who are traveling in a group or who wish to have a living room. 

Category K

Deckplan

Our generous category K staterooms are over 300 square feet and are conveniently located on the 4th deck level of the ship. These staterooms offer guests easy access to the Pacific Lounge and open passenger decks, with breathtaking views. Each room features a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door leading to a private balcony, offering fresh air and natural light.

Category H

Deckplan

Category H staterooms are the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploration. Each 275 square foot room has a large opening picture window and a private balcony offering spectacular views of the passing scenery. The room also offers a full-size bathroom with all the modern amenities of a fine hotel.


Category G

Deckplan

Our category G rooms are a spacious retreat with all the amenities a modern traveler expects. Each room offers 275 square feet of space encompassing a full-size bathroom, a large opening picture window, and a private balcony. This room is also conveniently located near the Atlantic Lounge and Dining Room.


Category SGB

Deckplan

Our Category SGB staterooms are designed specifically with our single travelers in mind. A comfortable getaway, these rooms are spacious with all modern amenities. At over 200 square feet, these staterooms have interior entrances, large opening windows, and private balconies offering panoramic views.

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* Prices displayed are per person based on double occupancy.