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Calling all cruise enthusiasts: Tick a Panama Canal cruise off your bucket list in 2015.

Sarah on Dec 28, 2014

Calling all cruise enthusiasts: Tick a Panama Canal cruise off your bucket list in 2015.

Cruise aficianados will know that itineraries don't come much more fascinating than the Panama Canal. Combining beautiful Central American scenery, cosmopolitan ports and a man-made wonder, Panama cruises are a must for the bucket list of any big ship enthusiast. Don't miss your chance to get on board with our Bucket List Sale.

A feat of ship engineering

A cruise through the Panama Canal reveals the incredible lock technology and construction which allows large vessels to pass from sea level, through the Gatun Lake which is 26 metres above sea level, and back to the ocean on the other side. Construction started on the Canal in 1881 and finished in 1914 after a few delays, allowing shipping routes to avoid the hazardous journey on Cape Horn. Nowadays around 15,000 ships pass through every year, carrying both cargo and people.

Panama Canal cruises are quite the experience, and it doesn't stop at the locks. Ships will also sail the beautiful Gatun Lake and pass through narrow waterways surrounded by mountain scenery and Central American jungle. Most lines run exciting shore and small boat tours so passengers can see everything up close. Partial transit and full transit itineraries are available, and both offer amazing vistas and a good look at the impressive engineering that allows the canal to function.

Panama Canal cruises 2015: Lines, ships, itineraries and deals

To access the locks and get through the Canal, a ship must fit Panamax standards. Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, NCL and Celebrity all offer itineraries which include full or partial transits, so there are plentiful options for your 2015 bucket list cruise. Here are a few favourites:

Any cruise through the Panama Canal is a worthy addition to your bucket list. Take advantage of Cruise Sale Finder's Bucket List Sale and find the right one for you in 2015!

I have enjoyed visiting as much of the world as possible over the years. Europe and the Mediterranean are personal favourites, but there is so much to see very close to our little Australasian corner of the globe- one of my top travel experiences was snorkeling with tropical fish and turtles in New Caledonia! Cruising is a fantastic way to see it all, and we hope to make booking a cruise easier for both first-timers and old salts. From ship tips to destination news and views, we will keep you up-to-date. Happy cruising!

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