In the pantheon of iconic travel experiences, a transit of the twisting waterways and mighty locks of the Panama Canal ranks near the top.

Seabourn's Panama Canal ports map

The phrase New World has a double meaning in the tropical Americas. The colorful colonial cities of Brazil’s Northeast and the pastel plantations of the Spanish Main reflect a time when the Americas were news to Europeans. On the other hand, the man-made wonder that is the Panama Canal ushered in another, still newer world, in which American-born industry and ingenuity carved waterways across jungle wilderness. Cruising here, you will see remains of Mayan civilizations already old when Europeans arrived. You will discover vibrant cultures that long outlived their colonial beginnings in Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. And in Panama, experience a masterwork of earth and water that can raise your ship and send it across a continent.

Featured Ports

Callao (Lima), Peru

Peru’s capital is one of the most important cities in the Americas. Its UNESCO-inscribed Spanish Colonial heritage is combined with amazing Inca artifacts and renowned cuisine.

Cartagena, Colombia

An important port of the Spanish Main, Cartagena was raided by pirates until they built a fortified wall. Today it houses shops, restaurants and cafes serving the beach crowd.

Havana (La Habana), Cuba

Cuba’s capital is a sprawling hybrid of diverse architectural styles, historic references, colors, music and excitement. Colonial Old Havana is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba

Many famous Cuban writers and musicians come from Santiago. Its Citadel San Pedro de la Roca is the best preserved Spanish colonial fortress and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cienfuegos, Cuba

One of the later colonial cities of Cuba, Cienfuegos was founded by French nationals in 1819, yet it is inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its remarkable concentration of 19th century architecture. The Castle of Jagua at the entrance to the bay actually predates the city, erected in 1745 to protect shipping from pirates. An overnight stay allows visits to the city’s highlights, as well as cultural experiences such as classes in Cuban dance and visits to two other UNESCO Heritage sites: the earlier colonial towns of Santa Clara and Trinidad. 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Where the Baja California peninsula ends, the Pacific and Sea of Cortez meet at the rocky Los Arcos. The cozy harbor fronts a town totally dedicated to good fishing and fun.