Colon, located in close proximity to the Panama Canal, is a great place to take a Central America cruise from, or to visit in the middle of a cruise in the region. Located on the Atlantic side of Panama, Colon is approximately one hour from Panama City. When spending time in Colon, there are a number of things you can do to truly get a feel for the city. For example, you can tour the Panama Canal and see how its many locks work, or tour the city itself. The rainforest is also a huge highlight of Colon. If you’re looking to spend time on the beach, there are two really nice beaches located nearby and are a quick taxi ride away.
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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 enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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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.
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.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Colon, along with a brief description:
♦ The Panama Canal
Any time you visit Panama, you definitely don’t want to miss its main highlight – the Panama Canal! Panama Canal tours are an excellent activity to engage in while spending time in Colon. Whether you sail through it or explore it by foot, this 48-mile manmade engineering feat will simply take your breath away. If your cruise from Colon doesn’t include a crossing, you can sign up for a day tour that passes through. If you’d like to see the canal in action without actually being on it, the Miraflores Visitor Center features a few observation decks where you can watch from land. At the center, you can also learn more about the history of the Panama Canal and its construction.
♦ Gatun Lake
Gatun Lake is a large manmade lake that forms part of the Panama Canal. It is a great place to check out if you want to admire the native wildlife of Panama, or take part in a guided fishing excursion. Boat safaris are also available to tour the lake and learn more about the wildlife that calls it home. Among some of the native animals you can see are monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, peacock bass, iguanas, toucans, and more!
♦ Food and Drink
A huge highlight of any locale in Central America is the food! Among some of the most popular dishes with roots in Central America are fried plantains and ceviche. Seafood is also a big staple of Colon. There are a few cafes located near the cruise port, or you can opt to roam a little further for a specific restaurant. Either way, don’t forget to wash your meal down with an authentic Colombian coffee!
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