Princess Cruises, an expert in the Panama Canal, has been offering trips to this highly sought-after region since 1967. The upcoming 2024-2025 season presents an incredible opportunity for guests to witness this impressive feat of modern technology and engineering, often referred to as the "world's greatest shortcut."
During this season, there will be 3 ships embarking on 26 journeys, visiting 23 different destinations across 12 countries. These voyages will include 24 transits through the new locks and 13 transits through the historic locks of the Panama Canal.
One of the new offerings is the 12-day Panama Canal with Costa Rica and Caribbean itinerary, a roundtrip journey that allows guests to partially transit the Panama Canal. Additionally, they will have the chance to explore the Southern Caribbean, with a late-night stop in Aruba, and an extra visit to either Bonaire or Curacao. This itinerary is perfect for those who wish to experience the Panama Canal transit, immerse themselves in the unique cultures of South and Central America, and visit the Caribbean islands and rainforests. All sailings on this itinerary pass through the new locks.
For guests seeking a complete transit experience, the 16-day Ocean-to-Ocean Itineraries are available. These itineraries include stops in Fuerte Amador, providing a comprehensive exploration of the lock system and access to Panama City. The Ocean-to-Ocean journeys can be taken between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Fort Lauderdale, or vice versa. All of these itineraries involve sailing through the historic locks of the Panama Canal.
Traveling by ship with Princess Cruises is the only way to experience the Panama Canal. Guests can enjoy an immersive experience onboard, with destination experts providing insights into the history and culture of Panama as the ship navigates through the locks. On land, guests have the opportunity to explore lush rainforests teeming with ecological wonders and unique wildlife, including a visit to a sloth sanctuary recommended by Animal Planet.
Princess packages give passengers more value and savings than ever. Travelers opting for the popular Princess Plus for US$60 per person/per day covering drinks, Wi-Fi, and crew gratuities receive premium desserts (2 per day), fitness classes (2 per voyage), and unlimited juices, at ~60% off retail value of US$140 if components are purchased separately.
Guests who add Princess' latest vacation value-enhancing package Princess Premier for US$80 per person/per day, enjoy ~70% savings with US$257 per day in total amenity value and receive 2 nights of premium specialty dining, MedallionNet Wi-Fi for 4 devices (regularly US$40/day), reserved seating in the Princess Theater, premium desserts & drinks, unlimited smoothies/juices, unlimited Pure Barre, Yoga Six, and Stretch Lab fitness classes, photo package, complimentary Medallion accessory, Princess prizes, crew appreciation.
The 2024-2025 Panama Canal season includes 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Spanish Fortifications at Portobelo-San Lorenzo (from Colon), The Archaeological Site and Historic District of Panama, and the Port Fortress/walled city of Cartagena.