Why A Panama Cruise Is About More Than Just The Canal

28th September 2018

Connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, there is no doubt that the Panama Canal can bring awe-inspiring moments to anybody who travels along it. However, besides the canal, there is a plethora of other unforgettable moments for guests to enjoy around the towns and cities of Central America. Discovering bustling markets and golden beaches are just a few of the things that make this iconic destinations so appealing. Small archipelagos pave the way for the picture-perfect scenery that can be coupled with the ample temperature of around 26°c in the winter months.

Towns and Cities


Amongst the spectacular views, there is an array of destinations that you can visit whilst on your cruise. Depending on where you start, you will get the chance to experience the canal zone of Balboa in Panama City, with a perfect opportunity to learn about the canal’s construction. Places such as San Blas Islands and Tortola bring forth the sandy white beaches, while Cartagena and Oranjestad allow for more of a diverse culture and stunning wildlife. So whichever port of call you’re at, you will have the chance to meet with locals and learn about the surrounding areas of Central America.


Tres Leches Cake

Panama is not known for its culinary delights, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any delicious signature dishes to sample. Staple meals like Sancocho are packed full of meat and assorted vegetables, while subtle desserts such as Tres Leches Cake combine cream and three types of dairy ingredients on top of a fluffy base. Other notable meals include deep-fried corn tortillas heaped with eggs and other delights and corn pastries filled with potatoes, meat and cheese.

Historical Sights

Bushiribana Ruins

While you are relaxing on your cruise, there will be plenty of chance to explore each port of call. With every destination having its own iconic monument, there will be a number of shore excursions to deepen your knowledge of the local area. The old town of Willemstad is a must-see destination and can provide bustling city walks along its winding streets, with subtle restaurants welcoming customers in with stunning riverside views. The island of Aruba also brings rich heritage in the form of the Bushiribana Ruins that not only provide picture-perfect sea views, but also give an insight into the once-thriving 19th-century gold mill.

These are just some of the highlights that you can enjoy on a Panama Canal cruise with Star Clippers. The smaller size of each ship allows for a more intimate experience and we can reach the iconic city centres. For more information or to make a booking, contact our friendly sales team via the freephone number above or chat to an advisor online.

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