Cruises from Cristobal
Cristóbal lies at the northern entrance to the Panama Canal. It is part of the province of Colón, a port city at the entrance to Limon Bay, at the Atlantic (Caribbean) entrance of the canal. (Interestingly, Cristóbal Colón is the Spanish translation for Christopher Columbus.) The port, Old Cristóbal, was first built by the Panama Railroad Company in the 1850s, and dredged material became landfill for the present Cristóbal. From 1904 the town was the port of entry for construction equipment and materials, most canal workers, and supplies and provisions.
Today’s Cristóbal is now part of the city of Colón, Panama, and the port thrives under private management.