In the News from Panama

Cruise Industry Returning to Panama

In another sign that the world is slowly resuming activity, several cruise lines have announced plans to restart scheduled cruises through the Panama Canal.

The Panama government has lifted its suspension of cruise calls, and the industry is starting to respond. Windstar Cruises’ Star Breeze is visiting San Blas Islands and Bocas del Toro this month, according to Seatrade Cruise News. A Panama Canal transit and stops in Panama City and Isla Parida were also on the itinerary.

Any ship stopping in Panama City will have to follow Panama’s COVID protocols, but it’s clear the industry is starting to ramp up its plans for the next year.

For example, Princess Cruises has announced that its Island Princess will offer a 14-day Panama Canal Ocean to Ocean voyage on April 27, 2022. Eight of Princess’ “Medallion Class” ships are scheduled to return to service by Nov. 28, with a focus on the Caribbean, Panama Canal, and western destinations.

“Following our successful restart in Alaska and the UK, we look forward to welcoming our guests back on board as we continue our return to cruise operations, keeping the health and safety of our guests and teammates our top priority,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president, in a press release.

Holland America has also announced plans for the 2022-23 cruise season with a strong emphasis on Panama and the Panama Canal. Four Holland America Line ships will feature itineraries that include a full transit between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.