Nearly 100 years after its completion the Panama Canal remains one of the greatest feats of human achievement in history, often referred to as 'The eighth wonder of the world' with a history as scarred as the landscape it navigates.
The history of the Panama Canal is fraught with tragedy, with building work carried out under Spanish kings, conquistadors and five different American presidents over a period of 400 years.
Passengers on a Panama Canal cruise will enjoy a truly exhilarating experience as six immense locks raise the ship by 85 feet from sea level, before gently lowering it once more, usually with just inches to spare.
Canal historians relate the history of the canal, including the triumphs, tragedies and stories of heroism it took to complete this engineering marvel.
Passengers will also hear the tale of human woe the massive project involved, resulting in the deaths of literally thousands of people from disease and exhaustion.
However, Panama Canal cruises are rarely restricted to the canal itself and typically take in some Caribbean or Mexican ports.
So as well as seeing and experiencing the Panama Canal the way it should be done, from on it, passengers on a Panama Canal can also view Caribbean Islands, rain forests, Mayan ruins and Mexican resorts.
The Panama Canal cruise season runs from September to April, with the best time to visit after the rainy season ends in November.
Cruising down the Panama Canal is not something that many people manage to do during their lifetime, but for those that do it is one experience that is guaranteed to never be forgotten.