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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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?
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
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
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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