Probably best known for its astounding canal, Panama is a nation of contrasts and surprises. It's home to wild and rugged jungle, staunchly traditional indigenous tribes and manicured coffee plantations. With a coastline stretching some 1,500 miles (2,500 kilometres), much of which consists of deserted Caribbean islands, it's also the ideal place for a cruise.
A cruise alone Panama's western coastline on a boutique sailing vessel not only allows you to take in the coastal scenery, but also enjoy excursions ashore such as exploring Havana's atmospheric streets, tobacco plantations and of course pristine beaches. The warm, tropical waters lend themselves perfectly to plenty of cruise related activities like kayaking and snorkelling.
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Our suggested Panama cruising itineraries
Each of these itineraries features an element, big or small, of experiencing Panama by boat. As we’ve discovered, cruising lets you slow the pace and gain a different — sometimes exclusive — perspective on a destination. As with all our itineraries, treat these as just inspiration for your uniquely created trip.
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Ships selected by our specialists
Ranging from luxurious floating hotels to far simpler options, the selection of Panama cruise vessels you can choose from all have one thing in common: they offer unparalleled access to sights well off the beaten track.