The Panama Canal

Regarded as one of the wonders of the modern world, the Panama Canal cuts right through the heart of Central America in a marvel of modern engineering. The man-made waterway connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through a series of locks that pass through the emerald rainforests of Central America. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic quarters of Panama City and its old-world charm before you start your cruise. The 10-hour continental crossing is unparalleled but cruises also take in the tropical delights of Costa Rica, Mexico and Honduras where you will get the chance to experience South America’s nature, cuisine and culture from every angle.

A 19-day Panama Canal cruise on Queen Victoria from Los Angeles to New York departing 6 April 2015 costs from £2,049pp ( 374 2224).