Panama City is the metropolitan capital of Panama, located on the pacific side of the Panama Canal. Aside from modern skyscrapers, Panama City is filled with rich culture, including many historic sites. Among them are a waterfront promenade, churches, theatre, and palace, as well as a museum dedicated to the Panama Canal. Despite being an urban center, Panama City also features a few “green spaces” that can quickly immerse you in tranquility. Another popular highlight of Panama City is its old town, Casco Viejo, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Whether you’re entertained by people-watching, sightseeing, sporting events, or learning, you are certain to find something in Panama City that you enjoy!
A great time to visit Panama City is between December and March, when the weather is dry and most favorable.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Panama City, along with a brief description:
♦ The Panama Canal
Booking a cruise that begins or ends in Panama City creates the perfect opportunity to visit the Panama Canal (if your itinerary does not already include a transit through it). Located just about 20 minutes from the city, you can visit the Miraflores Visitor Center and watch the canal in action from an observation deck. You can learn more about the history and construction of the canal in the museum, or just enjoy watching the locks fill up and down to help ships pass through!
♦ Casco Viejo
Casco Viejo is Panama City’s old town with a very colonial vibe. Once a neighborhood for poor families, the area is now a lively scene filled with many businesses, events, nightlife, and shopping opportunities. One of the best highlights of Casco Viejo are its architectural wonders that are reminiscent of the 17th century. If you’re looking for true cultural immersion, you’ll find it in this melting pot of a town! Among some of the sites you can check out in Casco Viejo include the Church of Santo Domingo, the Panama Canal Museum, The Fish Market, Plaza Bolivar, and Iglesia de San Jose. Free historical tours and for-fee guided tours are available through the Office of Casco Viejo (subject to change).
♦ Local Cuisine
No stop in Panama City is complete without trying their local cuisine. Typical dishes include rice and beans, fried plantains, seafood, and ceviche. You can also find some really good local beers in Panama City. Many cruise lines and independent operators feature Panama City food tours, or you can opt to explore and discover local cuisine on your own. Don’t forget to try a local Geisha coffee, which you can find in many cafes (along with yummy pastries to enjoy with it!).
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