Nowdays, many cruise ships are crossing the Panama Canal during the year, and of course with a special stay to observe the beauties that Panama offers, as tourism destiny. Cruise Liners renown worldwide such as “Princess Cruises”, “Brilliance of the Seas” of Royal Caribbean, “Carnival Liberty, Legend, Victory” of Carnival Cruises, Holland Norwegian Cruise Lines, “Galaxy, Summit, Mercury & Infinity” of Celebrity Cruises, “Queen Elizabeth 2” and “Queen Mary 2” (the biggest cruise ship in the world with a capacity of 2,600 passengers) of Cunard Line to mention some, have decided to use the Panama route as tourist destiny for excellence. Panamá, is considered a “Home Port” for cruise lines, after the Royal Caribbean International (RCI) announced establishment of operations since December 2008 in the Atlantic Coast (Province of Colón). The first ship that weighed anchor from the Colón 2000 Terminal Port was the “Enchantment of the Seas” including the route of Cartagena, Santa Marta (Colombia); Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. Due to the geographical position of the Republic of Panama, the country has ports on both sides, the most important: the Port of Colon, Cristobal and Fort Amador. At the present time, the cruise activity is strongly supported by the National Government and private companies; the Panama Canal, uniting the American continent and two oceans, is an unfogettable visit.
In the year 2013, arrived at the Port of Colón some 45,000 passengers.
An estimated 120 cruise ships, including Equinox cruise line (Celebrity), with a capacity of 2,850 passengers and Island Cruise Lines, have confirmed the arrival at the Port of Colón for the 2013-2014 season.. In a recent news due to a restructuring process, the 2013-2014 season will be the last of the Royal Caribbean in port of Colon 2000, on the Atlantic coast. So, the Spanish cruise line PULLMANTUR will be the only operating in the port of Colon 2000, during the 2013-2014 season will receive 120 ships.