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Located in the country of Panama in Central America is the Panama Canal – a canal connecting the great oceans of the Pacific and the Atlantic together. That is 80 kilometers long and is large enough to accommodate a variety of ocean-going vessels, including Panama cruise ships. The Panama Canal marks the only point at which the landmass of the North American continent and the South American continent are physically separated from each other – a fact that distinguishes the canal as an engineering marvel of 20th century world. The Panama Canal was initially designed to reduce travel time for ships that needed to cross between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. First, trade opened on August 15, 1914 and is now used by more than thirteen thousand vessels each year. Along the channel length, three sets of locks. The locks act as water elevators, enabling vessels traversing uphill / downhill through the terrain of the channel.

A Panama cruise takes the entire length of this magnificent canal, revealing some stunning views of an engineering work as well as offering a tempting selection of travel options along the canal. These include kayaking or Lake Gatun, which passes through the channel. Visitors can also book a visit to the Panama Canal Railway, which has dramatic views of the same channel and the rainforests of Central America. Vibrant Panama City with its eclectic mix of architecture, people and culture is an essential excursion to take a cruise, while in Panama. The historic district of Casco Viejo, which is well worth a visit if only to see the remains of 17th century Spanish fortifications. For sports-minded cruisers there is a field of world-class golf is just 20 minutes from Panama City. Panama cruises depart from many coastal seaports around the U.S.

The most popular cruise routes are one way of cruises departing from a port on the Atlantic or the Pacific, ending in a U.S. port on the opposite coast. Round trip cruises are also available. These provide passengers more time ea sea, 'and the use of the Panama Canal as the most about the cruise destination. Either way or round trip, Panama cruises incorporate other stops en route to the Panama Canal and are usually between 10 to 20 nights in duration. A typical 12 night round trip Panama cruise itinerary departing from Florida includes calls to Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Colombia, and take the entire length of the Panama Canal. With so much variety on offer, no doubt a Panama Cruise is top of the wish list of many U.S. holidays! John Metcalfe is the author and web publisher of A to Z Cruises your # 1 source for cruise information, discounts and great deals! Visit now to book your own dream vacation.

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