“Stunning…colossal…magnificent.” When travel guides talk about passing through the Panama Canal, there are usually a lot of superlatives thrown about. But here at Azamara Club Cruises®, we think the best word to describe the most beautiful shortcut on Earth is “one”. As in the Panama Canal is one of the most difficult and largest engineering projects ever undertaken, one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments, and one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

And when it comes to experiencing the miracle of being on a massive ship as it’s lifted and lowered almost 200 feet, there’s only one way to do it: with Azamara.


  • Thanks to the efforts of more than 80,000 workers, the Panama Canal was completed in 1914.
  • Construction happened in two phases, the first between 1830-1893 by a French company, and a second phase by an American company from 1904-1914.
  • There are three sets of locks along the canal: the Gatun, the Pedro Miguel, and the Miraflores.


  • The Panama Canal is 48 miles (77 kilometers) in length, connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
  • There are approximately 14,000 ships that pass through every year, with an average number of 40 ships crossing daily.
  • On average, it takes eight to 10 hours to transit the Panama Canal.


  • Discover the vibrant and thriving nightlight scene in the Calle Uruguay district of Panama City near the historic and cosmopolitan city center.
  • Shop until you drop near the entrance of the Panama Canal in the town of Colon, home to the largest duty-free zone in the Americas.
  • Dine on a delicious fusion of Spanish, African, and Native American cuisine in one of Panama City’s renowned restaurants.

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