It’s rarely cold in Panama. Its tropical climate yields an annual average temperature of 29˚C, so you’ll be putting your summer wardrobe to good use. You’ll need your raincoat and Panama hat for those steamy showers, and with humidity levels of around 80%, you might want to pack your hair straighteners, too!
Popular ports in Panama
Known as the gateway to the Panama Canal, Colón sits near the Atlantic entrance to the Panama Canal. It was an important port during the Colonial era, and the relics of its history still attract tourists today. Grand old mansions butt against crumbling buildings seemingly held together with splashes of bright paint.
Here, you can take a trip on the world-famous Panama Railroad and see the sights between Colón and Panama City from an open-air viewing deck on a luxury train. Or shop til you drop in Colón 2000, a duty-free shopping complex selling everything from luxury items to locally made products. It’s also a go-to destination for bird watchers as the nearby Fort San Lorenzo National Park is the home of hundreds of species of exotic birds.
Fuerte Amador is on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal. Twenty miles from the centre of Panama City, the port is a man-made causeway made up of four islands housing the port, a marina, two shopping centres and a convention centre.
From the port, you can see the breathtaking Panama City skyline. Once you hit the city, you’ll be surprised by the culture clash between the modern skyscrapers of the city centre and the Old Panama City, where you can see historical riches like San Jose Church and the Cathedral.
You’ll also be able to flex your credit card in the numerous designer shops, sample some of the fantastic seafood on offer in the local restaurants, or visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, which shows works by many of Panama’s modern artists.
What are the best cruise ships for a cruise to Panama?
It’s luxury all the way when you board one of these incredible ships headed to Panama.
Marella Discovery 2
One of the biggest ships in the Marella fleet, Marella Discovery 2 exudes the wow-factor. Twenty grades of cabin are available, and all come with air-conditioning, TV and tea and coffee-making facilities as standard.
You’ll be salivating over the food in the seven restaurants onboard. From Tapas to Italian, fine dining to surf & turf, you’ll be eating your meals in style in any of the eateries.
If you love your sports, you won’t be short of things to do with a gym, two pools and a sports deck waiting for you.
Then there are the bars, a casino and a Broadway Show Lounge. Add to that a Gamerzone and Movies By Moonlight, and it’s entertainment with a capital ‘E’ onboard.
Purpose-built to the optimum size for cruising along the Panama Canal, you’ll get to see all the sites in comfort when you come onboard Island Princess.
Spend your days sunbathing by the pool, relaxing in the spa or having a game of tennis while the kids hang out with their friends in the Youth Centres and Teen Lounges.
In the evening you could find yourself watching a West End show at the Princess Theatre, sipping a Martini while listening to entertainers in the Crooners Bar, or hedging your bets at the roulette table in the casino. Think of a five-star hotel on the water, complete with room service, an art gallery and 24-hour bistro.
Having recently undergone a top-to-bottom makeover, expect nothing but glamour and luxury from the Celebrity Infinity.
With a ratio of one staff member for every two guests, service is high on the agenda on the Celebrity Infinity. 24-hour room service, attendants, pool butlers and sommeliers are all available whenever you need them.
Relaxation is the name of the game in the solarium, thalassotherapy pool and hot tubs. Or try out the hot stone loungers in the Persian Garden.
World-class produce is served in the restaurants, prepared by professional chefs of course. Have a drink on the Rooftop Terrace while watching a movie under the stars in A Taste of Film.
Shore excursion ideas
Make the most of your time in Panama by booking one of these exciting excursions.
Embera Indian Village
Don’t miss your chance to meet a group of Embera Indians who live in the rainforest near the Chagres River. You’ll travel to their settlement on a lake boat and spend time observing how they live. They’ll show you traditional handcrafts and carvings, and if you’ve got some American dollars in your wallet, you’ll be able to buy some souvenirs to remind you of this unique trip.
Visit the Panama Canal (Eighth Wonder of the World)
No trip to Panama would be complete without seeing one of the greatest engineering masterpieces of the modern world.
Opened in 1914, this historic 50-mile-long Panama Canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, providing a trade route between the two. A trip on the canal incorporates beautiful rainforests where you might catch a glimpse of howler monkeys or toucans, as well as man-made wonders such as the Bridge of the Americas and the Miraflores Locks. You’ll also visit the Canal Expansion Observation Centre and see the newest section of the canal, which opened in 2016.
Kayak & Eco Adventure
If you want to get up close and personal with the wildlife in a rainforest, slap on some sun cream, grab a kayak and book yourself on this excursion.
Soak in the breathtaking views on the drive to Lake Gatun where you’ll be paddling your kayak across the Panama Canal. You’ll see picturesque islands, lush greenery and maybe a cheeky monkey or two. Native animals share the dense vegetation along with exotic birds. You’ll hop on a bus for a trip to see the locks, where you can marvel at the amazing feat of engineering that is the Panama Canal.
Top ports of call in this destination
- Fuerte Amador