Panama Canal/Gatun Lake

Panama

Cruises To Gatun Lake

When you book an overland journey on your partial transit of the Panama Canal, you'll really travel like the jetsetters do as you sail through the Caribbean entrance of this maritime marvel. Once we arrive at Gatun Lake, booked shore excursion guests can disembark for an unforgettable adventure that not only promises beautiful scenery and wonderful photo ops, but an exciting jaunt to Colón, where guests will resume their cruise back aboard the ship. How's that for excitement? Please note, only booked shore excursion guests can disembark at Gatun Lake. But everyone is welcome to explore at our port-of-call in Colón.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Guests will be tendered to shore in this port.
  • Time Zone
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC/GMT -5 hours
  • Language
    The official languages are English and Spanish.
  • Currency & Shopping
    Panamanian Balboa (PAB) but US Dollars are widely accepted.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Taxi ride to anything around town is very affordable; yet, organised shore excursions are probably the best option!
    • Fun Fact #1
      Barro Colorado Nature Preserve: is located at the Gatun Lake. In 1923 it was declared Biological Reserve, the first Tropical Rainforest Reservation in the hemisphere.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Panama grows some of the most coveted coffee in the world, so start your day with a traditional cafe con leche. Or enjoy a cup as an afternoon treat.
    • Fun Fact: Landmarks
      Between 13,000 and 14,000 ships travel through the Panama Canal each year which, on average, takes a ship 8 to 10 hours to complete the transit.

Gatun Lake TOP EXCURSIONS

A Variety of Choices

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Two Oceans by Railroad - Dome Car

Hop aboard the hemisphere's first transcontinental railroad and see the Panama Canal from the comfort of a deluxe 1938 v...

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Grand Tour

Discover beautiful Gatun Lake and keep your eye out for the plentiful wildlife here....

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Biodiversity Museum & Miraflores Locks

Visit the Bio Diversity Museum and learn about the origin of the Isthmus of Panama and its incredible impact on the plan...

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Two Oceans by Railroad

Hop aboard the hemisphere's first transcontinental railroad and see the Panama Canal from the comfort of a deluxe 1938 v...

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Featured Gatun Lake CRUISE ITINERARIES

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Stroll along Playa Blanca’s turquoise waters.

14-Day Panama Canal Round-trip from Tampa

Take "The World's Greatest Shortcut" – the Panama Canal. | Experience Norwegian Pearl, which was refurbished in 2017.
SHIP Norwegian Pearl
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Tampa (Florida);
George Town (Grand Cayman); Ocho Rios (Jamaica); Santa Marta (Colombia); Cartagena (Colombia); Panama Canal/Gatun Lake (Panama); Colon (Panama); Puerto Limon (Costa Rica); Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala); Harvest Caye (Belize); Costa Maya (Mexico);
DISEMBARK Tampa (Florida);
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Take an off-road trip in the jungles of Jamaica.

14-Day Panama Canal Round-trip from Tampa (Variation)

Awaken your sense of adventure with this itinerary.
SHIP Norwegian Pearl
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Tampa (Florida);
George Town (Grand Cayman); Falmouth (Jamaica); Santa Marta (Colombia); Cartagena (Colombia); Panama Canal/Gatun Lake (Panama); Colon (Panama); Puerto Limon (Costa Rica); Harvest Caye (Belize); Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala); Costa Maya (Mexico);
DISEMBARK Tampa (Florida);
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Discover the natural beauty of Santa Marta, Colombia.

14-Day Panama Canal Round-trip from Tampa

Recline in a private luxury beachside villa in Harvest Caye. | Cruise through the famous Panama Canal.
SHIP Norwegian Pearl
PORTS OF CALL EMBARK Tampa (Florida);
George Town (Grand Cayman); Ocho Rios (Jamaica); Santa Marta (Colombia); Cartagena (Colombia); Panama Canal/Gatun Lake (Panama); Colon (Panama); Puerto Limon (Costa Rica); Harvest Caye (Belize); Santo Tomas de Castilla (Guatemala); Costa Maya (Mexico);
DISEMBARK Tampa (Florida);
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