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  • Panama Canal Cruises
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Panama Canal cruise season runs from October to April is the most popular season for these itineraries.. The best time to go is after the rainy season ends in November. Experience the Panama Canal, and the port cities of Central America including Puntarenas, Cartagena, Puerto Limon, San Blas Islands, and Roatan. Some lines operate Central America/Panama Canal cruises throughout the year, but October through April is the most popular season for these itineraries. Many Panama Canal cruises last from 10 days to 14 days or more, though some are as short as 7 days, current cruise lengths can be anywhere from 7-9 days (Regent Seven Seas, NCL) to 10-11 days (Princess, Costa, Holland America, Crystal), or 14-16 days (Princess, Carnival, Celebrity, Silversea). Several lines, such as Princess, Holland America and Cunard, also offer a few cruises per season in the 18-21 day ranges.

Most of the major lines (and some smaller ones, such as Windjammer and Clipper) offer at least a few Panama Canal sailings each season. Princess leads the pack as far as number of departures, with 40 scheduled this season. Princess' 10-day Panama Canal itinerary roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale allows plenty of time for a partial transit of the Panama Canal and a visit to the eco-pleasures of Costa Rica.

Panama is opening up for tourism and the opportunities are diverse. Like neighboring Costa Rica, Panama offers outstanding nature tours in addition to its prime attraction: viewing the Canal operations from shoreside. Passengers who sign up for tours experience the morning passage through the Gatun Locks, then join their excursions by tender from the ship in Gatun Lake. After the tours, they rejoin the ship in Cristobal.

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Acajutla El Salvador
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Acajutla is a seaport and municipality in Sonsonate Department, El Salvador. The town is located on the Pacific Coast of Central America and is El Salvador's principal seaport. The city lies several miles east of San Salvador, capital of...
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Belize
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Located on the northeastern tip of Central America, bordering Mexico on the north, Guatemala to the west and south, and the Caribbean to the east, Belize combines Central American and Caribbean cultures, offering both ancient Mayan ruins...
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Cartegena Columbia
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Cartagena, or Cartagena de Indias, as it is formally known, is Colombia's largest port on the Caribbean. It's a frenetic, bustling city of the old, the new, and everything in between. With a multiracial population of just over 1 million ...
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Colon
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Colon is an industrial city by the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal making it a popular stop for cruise ships doing either a partial or full transit of the canal. Panama's Colon is best known as the gateway to the Miraflores Locks, ...
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Panama City's island of Fuerte Amador is located on the west side of the city, adjacent to the Pacific Coast entrance to the Panama Canal. You'll actually land at the Flamenco Island Marina on Flamenco Island. This is a high-end area of ...
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Golfito Costa Rica
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Golfito is located on Costa Rica's South Pacific coast, about 340 highway kilometers from San José. This small port city is a narrow strip along Golfito Bay backed against steep green hills covered with pristine rainforest, with the Gol...
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Golfo Dulce
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As you sail along the coast, you can stand on the ship's deck and could possibly see one of the thousands of scarlet macaws that inhabit the jungle coastline. Golfo Dulce is where Costa Rica's tropical rainforest meets the Pacific. If yo...
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San Andrés Island is the biggest of a collection of islands in the Caribbean Sea. While Christopher Columbus was the first European to actually discover the islands, English Pilgrims settled them in the early 17th Century. Their ship, t...
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Panama Canal
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Central America and transit Panama Cruise vacations  is the warm region between Mexico and South America offering spectacular scenery, tropical rain forests and abundant wildlife. Repositioning transit voyages between the Atlantic and ...
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Puerto Limon
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  Puerto Limon is a port city that at one time was a vibrant shipping port for the banana trade that flourishes around Puerto Limon. Abandoned, for the most part for the port of Moin some 10K to the north of Puerto Limon, the city fell ...
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A gateway to Costa Rica's best natural forests and islands, Puntarenas is a run-down port city both faded as a commercial centre and developing as a new cruise and tourist destination. Your ticket to the beautiful Costa Rica is a stop in...
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Puntarenas Costa Rica
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A gateway to Costa Rica's best natural forests and islands, Puntarenas is a run-down port city both faded as a commercial centre and developing as a new cruise and tourist destination. Your ticket to the beautiful Costa Rica is a stop in...
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Quepos Costa Rica
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Cruises with stops in Costa Rica generally fall into one of two categories: Panama Canal voyages with major cruise lines that depart from the United States, and sailing cruises in the Central America and Caribbean region offered by luxur...
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San Juan del Sur
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Nicaragua is the largest Central American nation and has stunning landscapes, vast cultural treasures, and an intriguing history. Until recent times Nicaragua was unfortunately known for the civil war (Sandinistas and Contras) that raged...
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Santo Tomas de Castilla is a modern port located just to the southwest of Puerto Barrios. Puerto Barrios is a port city in Guatemala located within the Gulf of Honduras - just south of Belize in the Bay of Amatique. In 2004, Santo Tomás...
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