Cruises to the Central America Caribbean coast and islands, as well as southern Mexico, are often called Western Caribbean cruises (as opposed to Eastern Caribbean cruises). Western Caribbean cruises are usually summer cruises, while Panama Canal cruises tend to depart in the winter.
Visit About.com’s Guide to Cruises for more information about cruises, including descriptions of specific ships and ports of call.
- Book a Carnival cruise through About.com’s partner, Kayak.com.
- Read more about Carnival Cruise Line.
Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas cruise ship stops in Roatan and the Yucatan peninsula. Royal Caribbean also offers an Ultimate Panama Canal cruise, which includes a stop in Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private island.
- Book a Royal Caribbean cruise through Kayak.com.
- Read more about Royal Caribbean International Cruise Line.
The Yachts of Seaborn offers a two-week voyage that loops around the entire isthmus of Central America, via the Panama canal. The ship docks in Costa Rica, San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Panama, Roatan, and Belize.
Princess Cruises’ 11-Night Panama Explorer cruise boasts stops in Puntarenas in Costa Rica, San Juan del Sur, Guatemala, Mexico, and several Caribbean islands.
Celebrity Cruises offers voyages through the Panamal Canal both eastbound and westbound, stopping in exotic destinations like Bocas del Toro in Panama, and San Juan del Sur.
Luxury cruse line Crystal Cruises top-shelf cruises through the Panama Canal with stops in Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and various Caribbean islands.