Panama Canal

Cruise Port schedule, map, terminals, news

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Region
Hawaii - Mexico - Panama Canal

Locode
PAPCN

Coordinates
9.07889 N, -79.66809 W

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Linking the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal provides one of the most unforgettable cruising experiences. More than 10 years were needed to complete canal's 51 miles in 1914 and thus to avoid the lengthy and dangerous cruise around Cape Horn. The ships are lifted by 'The Big Ditch' through a fascinating feat of mechanics that is aided by onshore 'mule' locomotives via 3 great locks, traversing artificial lakes, channels blasted through rock, and dense jungle. This unique narrow waterway has become a route between oceans for seabirds like cormorants and pelicans, as well as ships.Panama Canal cruise ship transition

The Panama Canal was a culmination of a dream that begins in 1513 with Spanish conquistador Balboa who was the first European to travel the 43 mile wide isthmus. In 1880 the French Canal company started construction of Panama Canal but, plagued by financial burdens, engineering problems and disease, sold its rights to the United States for US$40 million, with a loss of US$240 million. The US began construction in 1904. The monumental project was completed in 10 years at a cost of nearly US$387 million. Currently the United States still oversee operations of the canal, though it signed a treaty during the late 1970s to transfer it back to Panama by the 21st century. Panama Canal new locks infographic

Although many cruise lines already feature Panama Canal on their itineraries, such as Holland AmericaDisneyOceania and Regent Seven Seas, among others, they are restricted to using their smaller ships. The expansion will allow for larger cruise ships to traverse canal's 49-mile stretch, though height restrictions because of the Bridge of the Americas still limit the size of the vessels. Princess Cruises currently offers sailings on the 2,214-passenger Island Princess and 1,970-passenger Coral Princess on the Panama Canal. The expansion will allow the line to sail the 3,080-passenger Caribbean Princess, launched in 2004, on the canal. 

The canal operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 35 to 40 ships are expected to pass through every day. Each trip takes about eight to 10 hours.

Panama Canal alternatives for ship crossings between Atlantic and Pacific oceans are the Strait of Magellan (between South America and Antarctca) and the Northwest Passage (in the Canadian Arctic territories).Panama Canal new locks construction


Highlights: Gatun Lake, giant locks, Gaillard Cut

Panama Canal cruise terminal

A complete Panama canal transit is comprised of sailing through 3 sets of locks. Gatun Locks are located on the Caribbean side of Continental Divide while Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks are situated on the Pacific side. Vessels transiting the canal are being raised and lowered 85 ft in this 3-lock system. Other special highlights of Panama canal are the Gaillard cut and Gatun Lake. Gatun Lake is among the largest man-made lakes in the world covering 163 sq.miles. Gaillard Cut is 8 miles long channel built through solid rock that was the most difficult excavation in canal construction.Panama Canal infographic

The new Panama Canal locks were officially inaugurated on June 26, 2016 following the completion of a 9-year USD 5,2 billion construction project. Originally scheduled for completion October 2014, a hundred years after it first opened, the expansion of the canal will provide an additional lane of traffic through construction of two new locks, each with three slots, this way doubling the capacity of the waterway.

The Panama Canal cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Panama Canal.

If you lose the Panama Canal location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.

Port Panama Canal cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Panama Canal. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

  1. January, 2017
Day Ships in port
Monday
2 January, 2017
National Geographic Sea Lion(arriving at 02 Jan - departing at 02 Jan)
Coral Princess(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 15:00)
Thursday
5 January, 2017
Norwegian Pearl(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 15:00)
Sunday
8 January, 2017
Star Breeze(arriving at 08 Jan - departing at 08 Jan)
ms Prinsendam(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 08 Jan)
Monday
9 January, 2017
Carnival Pride(arriving at 09 Jan - departing at 09 Jan)
ms Amsterdam(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 09 Jan)
Wednesday
11 January, 2017
Insignia(arriving at 11 Jan - departing at 11 Jan)
ms Zuiderdam(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 13:00)
Thursday
12 January, 2017
Coral Princess(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 15:00)
Friday
13 January, 2017
National Geographic Sea Lion(arriving at 13 Jan - departing at 13 Jan)
Star Pride(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 18:00)
Saturday
14 January, 2017
National Geographic Sea Lion(arriving at 14 Jan - departing at 14 Jan)
Island Princess(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 16:00)
ms Veendam(arriving at 19:00 - departing at 14 Jan)
Sunday
15 January, 2017
Star Pride(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 18:00)
Monday
16 January, 2017
Marina(arriving at 16 Jan - departing at 16 Jan)
Wednesday
18 January, 2017
ms Rotterdam(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 18 Jan)
Seabourn Odyssey(arriving at 19:00 - departing at 19:00)
Friday
20 January, 2017
ms Zuiderdam(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 13:00)
Azamara Quest(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 18:00)
Saturday
21 January, 2017
Silver Spirit(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 19:00)
Sunday
22 January, 2017
Coral Princess(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 15:00)
Monday
23 January, 2017
Crystal Serenity(arriving at 23 Jan - departing at 23 Jan)
Tuesday
24 January, 2017
Island Princess(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 16:00)
Thursday
26 January, 2017
Seven Seas Explorer(arriving at 26 Jan - departing at 26 Jan)
Friday
27 January, 2017
National Geographic Sea Lion(arriving at 27 Jan - departing at 27 Jan)
Star Breeze(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 18:00)
Saturday
28 January, 2017
Seven Seas Mariner(arriving at 28 Jan - departing at 28 Jan)
Sunday
29 January, 2017
ms Veendam(arriving at 05:00 - departing at 13:00)
Star Breeze(arriving at 06:00 - departing at 18:00)
Monday
30 January, 2017
Saga Sapphire(arriving at 30 Jan - departing at 30 Jan)