This is a new volume that replaces my earlier cruise book for the Panama Canal. This book includes information on both cruises through the historic old Panama Canal locks and the new, larger locks that accommodate major size cruise vessels. The book also includes a chapter on all of the ports of call that are used by the cruise lines in establishing their Panama Canal itineraries, as well as valuable information on the geography, history and culture of each of the countries that cruise ships visit on this coast to coast route. Unlike the mass market tour books, this one is designed specifically for Panama Canal transits between the Atlantic and Pacific ports of the United States. It offers suggested shore excursions, the finest places to dine and the best places to shop. The book is based upon the author's 46 years of university teaching experience in geography and history plus extensive personal travel experience, including numerous passages through the Panama Canal. While lecturing for a major five-star cruise line, the author had the good fortune to narrate the transit of the canal for shipboard guests. You will find this to be the most complete Panama Canal cruise guide on he market.