Panama Canal Cruises

We list here only one-way ship repositioning Panama Canal cruises 2020, 2021, and 2022 schedule of transition itineraries offered in Spring and Fall. You can compare here all Panama Canal cruise ships as destinations, departure ports, and sailing dates. Learn how to discern the regular one-way Panama Canal transition cruises from the authentic, cheap repositioning cruises through Panama Canal operated seasonally with discount cheap deals.

Panama Canal Repositioning Cruises

When talking about repositioning cruises through Panama Canal, the predicament here is that most Panama Canal transition cruises are full transits (crossings with one-way itineraries). Panama Canal cruise ships are usually leaving either from Florida or California ports. Transition sailings usually last for about 2-weeks.

Panama Canal cruise ships relocation

These are two special “Panama Canal ship relocation” hints for you (serving almost like shortcuts): the always funny one is “follow the money”, and the not so funny one is “mind the season”.Panama Canal Reposition Cruises COM

  • Destination. Panama Canal cruise relocation is very often in the category of long Coast to Coast voyages (Florida-California and California-Florida, and New York to California and California to New York). And some itineraries start in South America to end in Florida, Boston or NYC, New York (and the reverse).
  • Season. It all happens in Spring (April and May) and Fall (September) when all Panama Canal repositioning ships relocate (to and from) Alaska according to their summer Alaskan season schedule. Repositioning cruises on ships passing through Panama Canal with itineraries to/from South America usually start in some of the Winter months.

As to the money part, you’ll know the Panama Canal reposition cruises by their ticket prices. Deals will vary greatly (depending on the line, ship, and cabin category), but always with pleasantly low rates which could be easily defined as “top-luxury inexpensive to really really cheap”.

Panama Canal cruise transition – facts and statistics

  • Repositioning Cruises Panama CanalThe total length of the Panama Canal is 77,1 km (48 ml).
  • Locks size. Panama Canal’s lock chambers determine the max size of a ship to be able to pass through. Most cruise ships are built to the max lock size allowed (Panamax ships). Larger size ships belong to the group of Post-Panamax ships. The length of each lock is 320 m (1,050 ft), their walls thickness range from the bottom (15 m / 49 ft) to top (3 m / 9,8 ft).
  • The longest ship transiting the Panama Canal was a bulk-carrier – length 296,6 m (973 ft), width 32,3 m (106 ft).
  • Draft restrictions (max 12,6 m / 41,2 ft). Since the draft is determined by the ship’s weight, Panamax ships (able to pass through the canal) have cargo weight restrictions to ~52,500 t.
  • Panama Canal cruise ship transition tolls are based on the ship’s size (vessel type and cargo type for freighter ships). Cruise ships through Panama Canal pay rates based on their passenger capacity (number of berths/beds). The current Panama Canal cruise ship fee (for bigger ships) is US$92 for unoccupied and US$115 for occupied beds. Panama Canal cruise ships of less than 30,000 t or less than 33 t per passenger are charged as the same per-ton fees as cargo ships. These tolls are (in USD) $3,90 per ton (first 10000 t), US$3,19 pt (second 10000 t), US$3,82 pt (third 10000 t) and US$3,76 pt thereafter.
  • The most expensive Panama Canal cruise ship transition toll was charged to the NCL Pearl cruise ship on its westbound repositioning cruise in Spring 2010 (passing on April 14th). NCL Pearl paid US$375,600 (for comparison, the average fee is ~US$55,000).
  • There are also priority passing fees – the highest was paid in 2006 (US$220,300) by a tanker ship bypassing 90 other ships waiting to move through the canal. The cargo ship avoided a 7-days delay by paying the regular toll 16 times (the normal fee was only US$13,400).

Repositioning Cruises Panama Canal cruise ships transition infographics

These are two Panama Canal related links. For all things Panama-related – the Republic of Panama official website For all history-technology-facts stuff – see this Wikipedia link. For details on itinerary and to compare prices (indicative rates) follow the line-links from the table below.

Repositioning Panama Canal cruises 2020-2021-2022 schedule

Cruise lines / ships Spring 2020-2021-2022 Summer Fall 2020-2021-2022 Winter
Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Freedom 2021 Apr 10 – Galveston TX to Seattle WA 2021 Sept 22 – 17-day Seattle to Fort Lauderdale
Carnival Legend
Carnival Miracle
Carnival Pride 2021 Oct 31 – 14day Baltimore to Tampa FL
Carnival Radiance 2021 May 2 – 12day Port Canaveral to Galveston
Carnival Sunrise 2020 Oct 19 – 12day New York City to Fort Lauderdale
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Millennium 2022 Apr 18 – 15day Fort Lauderdale to San Diego 2021 Sept 26 – 16day Los Angeles CA to Fort Lauderdale FL
Cunard Line
Queen Elizabeth
Queen Victoria 2021 Jan 21 – 16day Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco

2022 Jan 21 – 16day Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco

Disney Cruise Lines
Disney Wonder 2021 Feb 26 – 14day New Orleans to San Diego 2020 Nov 6 – 14day San Diego to Galveston
Holland America Line
MS Amsterdam
Eurodam 2021 Apr 11 – 15day Fort Lauderdale to San Diego 2020 October 3 – 15-day San Diego to Fort Lauderdale
Nieuw Amsterdam 2022 Apr 9 – 17day Fort Lauderdale to San Diego 2021 Oct 3 – 22day Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale FL

2021 Oct 8 – 17day San Diego to Fort Lauderdale FL

Rotterdam 2021 Jan 4 – 16day Fort Lauderdale to San Diego CA

2021 Mar 25 – 16day San Diego CA to Fort Lauderdale FL

Volendam 2021 Apr 2 – 19day Fort Lauderdale to San Diego 2020 Oct 21 – 19day San Diego to Fort Lauderdale
Westerdam 2021 Mar 19 – 17day San Antonio to Fort Lauderdale FL
NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines
Norwegian Bliss
Norwegian Dawn
Norwegian Encore 2021 Apr 10 – 15day Miami to Los Angeles 2020 Nov 29 – 13day New York City to Miami
Norwegian Joy 2020 Oct 9 – 15day Los Angeles to Miami FL
Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Star
Norwegian Sun 2021 Jan 3 – 10day Port Canaveral to Panama City

2021 Mar 25 – 16day Panama City to Seattle

2020 Oct 18 – 14day San Diego to Port Canaveral
P&O Cruises (UK, Australia)
Princess Cruises
Coral Princess 2021 Apr 18 – 15day Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles
Emerald Princess 2021 Mar 25 – 15day Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles 2020 Dec 20 – 15day Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
Island Princess 2021 May 9 – 15day Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
Pacific Princess
Sea Princess
Royal Caribbean International
Serenade Of The Seas

Small and Luxury cruise lines ship relocation

(Cruise And Maritime Voyages / CMV) Magellan
(Phoenix Reisen) Amadea


(Phoenix Reisen) Albatros
(Phoenix Reisen) Amera / formerly MS Prinsendam 2021 Mar 9 – 23day Puerto Vallarta to Nassau
Azamara Journey
Azamara Pursuit
Oceania Insignia 2020 Jul 5 – 20day San Francisco to New York City

2021 Jan 9 – 14day Miami to Los Angeles

Oceania Marina 2021 Dec 5 – 14day Miami to Callao (Lima)
Oceania Regatta
Seabourn Odyssey 2021 Apr 24 – 21day Miami to Los Angeles 2021 Oct 8 – 21day Los Angeles to Miami
Seabourn Quest 2020 Nov 7 – 13day Miami to Callao (Lima)
Seabourn Sojourn 2021 Jan 3 – 32day Miami to Papeete 2020 Oct 14 – 21day Los Angeles to Miami

2021 Dec 21 – 21day Miami to Los Angeles

Silver Whisper 2021 Jan 7 – 13day Fort Lauderdale to Callao (Lima)
Viking Sun 2020 Dec 14 – 21day Miami to Los Angeles

Know that with time prices on Panama Canal repositioning cruise deals usually go down with time. Still, the economic law of “Supply And Demand” will always rule – cruise lines will price their deals and cabin categories accordingly. So good luck with those, and happy Panama Canal “reposition” vacations!