The Panama Canal should be on everyone's list of must-see places. Named as one of the most fascinating destinations to experience in the world and boasting some of the best unspoilt scenery, it is no wonder that more and more people are choosing to cruise this amazing canal. The Panama Canal is a 48-mile ship canal that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, making it one of the most important routes in the world. There are locks at each end, meaning you'll experience first-hand what it's like to be on a ship that has to rise 85 feet within a lock.
When it comes to deciding whether a Panama Canal cruise is right for you, more and more of your favourite cruise lines are adding Panama Canal to their itinerary list, enabling you to choose from a range of luxury cruises, family cruises or singles cruises, meaning that the perfect cruise is waiting for you.
The Panama Canal cruise season typically runs from October to April. The best time to go is after November when the rainy season is over.
The splendour of a Panama cruise is unlike anything else you'll ever see, and part of the experience is taking in the combination of natural and man-made environment, boasting an array of exoctic, tropical rainforests as you pass through this amazing channel.
When it comes to itineraries, cruisers have two options. If you choose a full crossing, you'll sail all the way through the 50 miles of the Panama Canal. However, there is also the choice of a partial crossing. During this cruise, your ship will enter the canal and you'll be able to disembark for shore excursions, but you won't cross to the other side.
Enjoy a comfortable, convenient and safe way to explore the glittering destinations along your itinerary by taking full advantage of the rich and varied shore excursions on offer from your palatial cruise ship. Take a look at some of the highlights of a cruise to Asia below:
If you are looking for a full sensory-awakening experience, then India should be at the top of your list. The vibrant colours and lively spice aromas in Mumbai will leave you with a whole host of magical memories. Visit the General Post Office Building or the former home of Mahatma Gandhi or even have an interesting introduction into the Hindu religion.
Step ashore and visit "Tahiti " of the East, as it is fondly known amongst Westerners,for its beauty and tranquility. This stunning island off the Southern Indian shores has a reputation for being a first class tropical island paradise of supreme calm.
Walk a stretch of the awesome Great Wall of China and marvel at the majestic Tibetan Mountains. The Xi'an Terracotta Army will have you bewildered for days and The Silk Road will offer you a fascinating insight into the extensive network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting Asia with Europe and Africa.
Enjoy one of the many beautiful National Parks or one of the secret beaches set under imposing cliffs. This green land of lush tropical vegetation holds a huge ginseng reserve and is a real feast for the eyes.
Visit Victoria Peak for amazing panoramic views of this incredible city and the oldest and most famous Man Mo Temple. The flower market in Kowloon is a dazzling vibrant example of nature at its best. Also worthy of your attention are the Soho District are Hollywood Road and Aberdeen Village.
Typical of the Asian landscape are the rice terraces, and none are as well etched into the hillside as those in Vietnam. Take a shore excursion to experience this unique panorama which gives way to the breathtaking, endless coastline shaded with palm trees, perfect for everything from diving expeditions to sunbathing.
Step onto the shores of Bali where the warm waters of the Indian Ocean lap up onto the sundrenched sands. Visit the Monkey Forest, the Ubud Art Market and the Batik Workshops- all fascinating insights into Balinese culture. The natural landscape of rice paddies, volcanoes soaring high into the clouds and glittering, white sand beaches will keep even the keenest of photographers busy for hours!
This amazing country of contrasts awaits you with open arms. On the one hand its cutting edge technology reinforces Japan's position as a prominent player on the world's stage and on the other, its traditional past instils a calming and spiritual atmosphere. The vibrant city of Tokyo is fun to see, as is the capital city of Kyushu, Fukuoka. Don't leave before you have seen the florally abundant theme park of Huis-ten-Bosh at Nagasaki with its multitude of flowers and trees, restaurants, theatres and museums.
The unspoilt landscapes, crystal clear waters and unusual wildlife of Malaysia are what you should expect to see if you take a trip ashore from your ship. Juxtaposed with this stand the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the cultural and economic centre of Malaysia. Exotic perfumes permeate the air and the people are very warm and friendly, making you feel at home almost immediately.
Head inland from the stunning, world-renowned beaches and coastline to discover the ruins of the ancient Buddhist temples and fascinating, enchanting cities.
Well known for its tranquility and celestial ambience is Singapore, where a common respect for all cultures, traditions and religious beliefs is commonplace. Sit on the exotic terrace at the luxurious Raffles Hotel and be sure to order a notorious Singapore Sling before heading back to your ship.
A real melting pot of different cultures to compare and contrast, all with a splash of foreign influence, makes the Philippines your port of call. This beautiful part of the world is made up of over 7000 islands stretching from the South of China down to the North of Borneo.