Panama Canal Cruises

We list here only one-way ship repositioning Panama Canal cruises 2016 and 2017 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 of the Panama Canal cruises are 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 tickets prices. Deals will vary greatly (depending on 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 CanalTotal 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 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 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 bed. 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 2016-2017 schedule

Cruise Ships Spring 2017 Summer Spring 2016 Summer Fall 2017 Winter Fall 2016 Winter
Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Infinity
  • Mar 19 – 14days from South America ((Valparaiso to Miami)
  • Apr 2 – 15days from Florida (Miami to San Diego)
  • Apr 17 – 15days to Florida (San Diego to Fort Lauderdale)
  • Mar 13 – 14days Valparaiso/Chile to Miami
  • April 26 – 15days Miami to San Diego
  • Dec 9 – 15days Fort Lauderdale to Valparaiso/Chile
Celebrity Summit Apr 23 – 8days Puerto Rico to Bayonne NJ/NY
Cunard Queen Elizabeth Jan 19 – 21days Fort Lauderdale to Honolulu Hawaii
Cunard – Queen Victoria
Jan 22 – 16days Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco
Disney Cruises – Disney Wonder
May 1 – 14days from Florida (Miami to San Diego)
Holland America
Amsterdam Jan 4 – 22days Fort Lauderdale to Honolulu Hawaii Apr 30 – 16days Fort Lauderdale to San Diego (2015) Dec 18 – 18days San Diego to Fort Lauderdale Dec 21 – 14days San Diego to Fort Lauderdale
Eurodam Apr 8 – 16days Fort Lauderdale to San Diego CA
Maasdam Apr 26 – 19days San Diego to Fort Lauderdale May 3 – 15days from Florida Fort Lauderdale to San Diego); 19-days to Alaska (Vancouver); 20-days to Alaska (Seattle)
Nieuw Amsterdam Apr 9 – 16days Fort Lauderdale to San Diego, and 20days to Vancouver Canada Apr 10 – 15days from Florida (Fort Lauderdale to San Diego); and 19days to Alaska (Seattle) Oct 4 – 19days Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale
Veendam Jan 3 – 14days to Florida (San Diego to Tampa) (2015) Dec 27 – 21days San Diego to Tampa Florida
Westerdam Mar 11 – 17days San Diego to Fort Lauderdale Mar 12 – 21days from Florida (Fort Lauderdale to San Diego)
Zaandam Apr 3 – 20days from South America (Valparaiso to San Diego) Oct 2 – 23days San Diego to Valparaiso/Santiago Chile
NCL Norwegian
Norwegian Jewel
Norwegian Pearl
Apr 14 – 16days from Florida (Miami to Los Angeles) Oct 5 – 15days to Florida (Los Angeles to Miami)
Norwegian Star
Norwegian Sun
Princess Cruises
Coral Princess Apr 17 – 15days Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles Apr 25 – 19days from Florida to Alaska (Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver) Sept 24 – 15days Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale
Island Princess Apr 19 – 21days Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver Canada Apr 23 – 18days Florida to Alaska (Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver) Sept 14 – 18days Alaska to Florida (Vancouver to Fort Lauderdale)
Pacific Princess Jan 3 – 17days Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles
  • Apr 24 – 17days from Florida (Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles
  • May 11 – 17days to Florida (LA to Lauderdale)
Royal Caribbean
Jewel Of The Seas
Legend Of The Seas -.

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!