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Panama Canal Shore Excursions

Begin a new vacation each time you set foot ashore!
No matter where you are in the world, shore excursions offer you the opportunities to experience international cultures, sample local cuisine, sightsee and more.
Cruise shore excursions are also unique because of their flexibility. You can take guided tours or customize your sightseeing by renting transportation or embarking on walking tours.
Hit all a port of call's local highlights or focus on one or two extended activities. It's your cruise!


Panama Canal
Introduction
This Central American canal, completed by the United States in 1914, allows ships to travel between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans without traveling around South America. The canal consists of artificially created lakes, channels and a series of locks, or water-filled chambers, that raise and lower ships through the mountainous terrain of central Panama.

The entire trip through the canal takes between eight and 10 hours. About 14,000 ships, 400,000 crewmembers, and 300,000 passengers traveled through the canal in 1995. Each ship that travels through the canal pays a toll based on its capacity. One exception is Richard Halliburton, who paid 36 cents for swimming the canal in 1928.

One advantage to cruising the Panama Canal is its proximity to so many countries. Ships often stop in South America, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico, so cruisers often have opportunities to embark upon fascinating shore excursions in diverse regions.
Getting Around
Getting lost is a problem in itself, but getting lost amidst Central America's mountains, caves, volcanoes and jungles is more than possible - which is why guides on a Panama Canal cruise are indispensable.



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Resourceful cruisers might be comfortable roaming within a city and visiting sights that don't require extensive travel. However, even cultural attractions shopping districts are located in unfamiliar outskirts, and any escapade that takes a reasonable distance away from the docked ship should involve a guide.

Examples of shore excursion opportunities on Panama Canal cruises include:

Sports Excursions
  • Learn to snorkel on the waters of La Entrega beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico.
  • Deep-sea fish for exotic catches of dorado, marlin and sailfish off the coast of Guatemala.
  • Take the helm as you sail past some of the most splendid bays of Huatulco, Mexico with the daunting Sierra Madre mountains serving as a breathtaking backdrop.

Adventure Expeditions

  • Horseback ride along rugged beaches and off-the beaten path trails on the Isla de Margarita, Venezuela.
  • Hike through Aruba's Guadirikiri Caves, mysterious caverns that contain stalactites and ancient drawings.
  • Board an all-terrain 4x4 and trek to remote fishing communities in Macanao, Venezuela.
Nature Trips
  • Explore Costa Rica's Carara, a biological reserve with rich vegetation and astounding wildlife, including monkeys, macaws, toucans, sloths, butterflies and reptiles.
  • Navigate the Isla de Margarita's Tropical Labyrinth, a fascinating garden of tropical plants arranged in unique naturally appearing patterns.
  • Witness Venezuela's Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world (3,212 feet), and view the surrounding Tepuys Table Mountains, the oldest geological formations on the planet.
Cultural Attractions
  • Visit the Murano Glass Factory in Caracas, Venezuela and see artisans craft molten glass into imaginative figures.
  • Travel to the land of the modern Maya near Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, and pass through villages of great heritage and witness the inhabitants' contemporary lifestyle.
  • Journey to Puerto Quetzal's Ingenio Santa Ana, one of the largest sugar cane mills in Guatemala, and learn how cane is sown, grown and harvested.

Historical Tours

  • Experience Cartagena, Columbia, a preferred target for pirates until a constructed fortress made it the most impenetrable city of the Spanish Main.
  • Encounter the famed Mayan ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, including the Great Plaza, the Central Acropolis and the North Acropolis.
  • Discover Granada's elegant Spanish churches, which have survived centuries of wars, invasions and erosion.

Wildlife Interaction

  • Observe an equestrian show performed by the Spanish Pureblood Horse School in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.
  • Embark on a bird watching eco-tour through the trails of the Copalita River in Mexico and view orioles, woodpeckers, egrets, falcons, hummingbirds, seagulls and hawks.
  • Tour Willemstad, Curacao's unique ostrich farm and encounter the world's largest bird.

Shopping Districts

  • Purchase ceramics, leather, carvings, paints, textiles, art and other mementos at the Indian Market in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua.
  • Uncover artistic treasures in Masaya, known as the birthplace of Nicaragua's best painters, artists and craftspeople.
  • Shop in Bocagrande, Columbia, a residential area famous for emerald, handicraft and leather shops.
Enhance your travel to Panama by reading about its culture, people and history in these novels:
It's Panama's Canal - Patricia Maloney Markun
How Wall Street Created a Nation: J.P. Morgan, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Panama Canal - Ovidio Diaz Espino
The Building of the Panama Canal in Historic Photographs - Ulrich Keller, Editor
The Panama Canal (Wonders of the World) - Elizabeth Mann
Mola Designs: 45 Authentic Indian Designs from Panama - Frederick W. Shaffer
Panama: A Novel - Bill Boyd


Port: Adventure

Cruises can take you to so many places. With 350 Embarkation Ports and hundreds of Ports of Call around the globe, there’s something ashore for everyone. Where in the world do you want to go?

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Cruises can take you to so many places. With 350 Embarkation Ports and hundreds of Ports of Call around the globe, there’s something ashore for everyone. Where in the world do you want to go?

 

CARIBBEAN: Bury your toes in sugar-white sand, unearth Mayan ruins and shop at outdoor markets for duty-free handicrafts.
BAHAMAS & BERMUDA: Soak up electric blue waters, track the pursuits of legendary pirates and unravel the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle.

MEXICO: Tour ancient villages, old-world factories and traditional plantations. Or daydream in a hammock on a sun-drenched beach.
SOUTH AMERICA: Encounter mummies, active volcanoes and pink dolphins in a country that celebrates both ancient tribes and sophisticated cities.
PANAMA CANAL: Sail through this $350 million man-made wonder en route to fascinating countries like Costa Rica and Aruba. ALASKA: Trek across the "Great Frontier" and explore mile after mile of stunning fjords, glaciers, forests and mountains.
CANADA & NEW ENGLAND: Breathe in the life of rugged seaside villages and the spirit of the American Revolution.

MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: Stand at the feet of Michelangelo's David, stare into the eyes of da Vinci's Mona Lisa, and take in the most inspired works of art ever created.
NORTHERN EUROPE: Toast to the wonders of lofty castles, grandiose cathedrals and pastoral countryside in an Irish pub.

HAWAII: Relax on Waikiki Beach and snorkel amidst lava rock in Nawiliwili Kauai. Or explore Hawaii's memorials and monuments.
ASIA: Experience a kaleidoscope of Oriental cultures and landscapes and walk the meandering Great Wall of China.
AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC: Trek past boiling mud pools and powerful geysers in Tahiti and then attend a world-class performance at the Sydney Opera House.

TRANSATLANTIC: Visit the most geographically diverse regions of the world during a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean.
AROUND THE WORLD: Voyage to several continents across the globe and sightsee lively capitals and rustic villages.

River Cruises:
UNITED STATES: Get a closer look at America by sailing its most legendary rivers, including the Napa, Hudson, Ohio, Missouri and Mississippi.
WORLD: Sail alongside medieval castles, ancient ruins and luxuriant vineyards on rivers such as the Nile, Murray, Danube, Yangtze and Rhine.


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Please remember that the cruise lines have certain rules and restrictions regarding your purchase of shore & land excursions online. Please be sure to read and understand their policy before you make any online purchase.

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There’s so much to do on — and off — a Carnival cruise. Sure, you know the ship’s gonna be a blast. But what happens when you walk down the gangway into a port? Well, we’ve got the answer: a full-fledged fun bonanza! We’ve tracked down the coolest stuff in every port — which means you can be sure the good times won’t slow down just ‘cause you’re leaving the ship. So go ahead… snorkel, zip-line, ride a 4X4, swim with dolphin, shop or just relax on the beach. We’ve got tons of great shore excursions for you to try. Land ho!

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Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo. Celebrity Cruises
   
shore excursions that have been specially selected by Disney Cruise Line—provide you and your family with the very best recreation, leisure and sightseeing each destination has to offer. By adding a Port Adventure to your cruise, you'll receive an unforgettable experience ashore along with the peace of mind that comes with having Disney do all the planning. Whether sailing into the horizon, exploring an under the sea world, pillaging with pirates or splashing through the waves on some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Port Adventures set the course for a whole new way to add even more magic to your Disney Cruise Line vacation.

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Holland America Line offers a wide variety of shore excursions to fit your lifestyle, ranging from easygoing activities to high adventure. Each of our tours provides the highest level of quality, safety, convenience and value. Once you have booked your cruise, you can easily book your shore excursions online; we recommend you book early for the best selection. Holland America
   
Surfing in Hawaii. Dogsledding in Alaska. Scuba diving in Belize. Exploring ancient medieval cities. You can book your adventures ashore up to two days prior to sailing, so take a look and book now, as the favorites sell out fast. Norwegian Cruise Line
   
Learn more about the 330+ ports Princess visits each year, as well as key points of interest, favorite activities and the full range of excursions we offer to help you explore. Princess Cruises
   
Add Explorer to Your Resume! Discover new places, new foods, and new experiences. Travel to some of the most exciting places in the world and do things you never dreamed you would. This is your vacation and with our Shore & Land Excursions, you can be sure it'll be one of the best ever. Royal Caribbean
   
See and experience more while in port. To make your vacation even more memorable, Windstar® Cruises offers an extensive shore excursions program. Windstar Cruises

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