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Top Panamanian Dishes To Try On Your Panama Cruise

Top Panamanian Dishes To Try On Your Panama Cruise

Princess Cruises ship docked in the Panama Canal - Accent on Travel

If you’re looking for a culinary adventure to excite your senses and inspire your own cooking back home, then a Panama cruise with Princess Cruises is an absolute must. Discover the mouthwatering delights of Panamanian cuisine, expertly crafted to awaken your senses and leave you craving more.

At Accent on Travel, thanks to our partnership with Princess Cruises, we can fully customize your dream vacation. With a 10-16 night Panama cruise, you can explore this fascinating part of the world in luxury while experiencing the wonderful mixture of cuisines inspired by Spanish, American, and Afro-Caribbean flavors.

Join us as we explore a wide array of sensational Panamanian dishes that are an absolute must-try on your unforgettable journey through one of the greatest engineering feats in human history – the Panama Canal.


Delight in the versatility of yuca

Yuca dish - Accent On Travel

Discover the versatility of yuca, a staple in Panamanian cuisine. Whether boiled, fried, or mashed, this starchy root vegetable offers a unique and satisfying taste. Indulge in crispy yuca fries or savor the creamy goodness of yuca puree, and let your taste buds revel in the diversity of textures on offer.

Taste the diverse artistry of tortillas

Panamanian tortillas - Accent On Travel

Experience the delicate artistry of Panamanian tortillas, handmade with love and precision. These thin, savory delights, made from corn or flour, are the perfect accompaniment to any meal. Whether paired with savory meats or enjoyed as part of breakfast, tortillas are an absolute staple of cuisine in Panama. You’ll find smaller tortillas are fried, while the larger versions will be cooked using a griddle.

Indulge in authentic arroz con guandu

Pigeon peas rice known as Arroz con guandu in Panama - Accent On Travel

Dive into the heart of Panamanian tradition with arroz con guandu. This flavorful dish features tender rice cooked with coconut water and the African bean, guandu, also known as pigeon peas, creating a delightful tapestry of tastes. Let the aromatic blend of ingredients transport you to the rustic charm of Panama’s countryside.

Unleash your adventurous side with plátanos maduros

Plátanos Maduros or fried sweet ripe plantain bananas - Accent On Travel

For the bold and adventurous, patacones – or plátanos maduros – are a tantalizing treat not to be missed. These crispy, golden plantain fritters, served with a variety of mouthwatering toppings, offer a delightful fusion of textures and tastes. Indulge in the crunch of the plantains as they give way to the savory medley of meats, cheeses, and vibrant sauces. Your taste buds will dance with joy as you embrace the spirit of exploration in every bite.

Experience fresh, zesty Corvina

Prepared corvina fish on the plate - Accent On Travel

Immerse yourself in the coastal splendor of Panama by indulging in Corvina, a local white fish similar to sea bass. Delicately seasoned and expertly prepared, Corvina showcases the freshness of the ocean with each succulent bite and is often cooked using zesty lime juice or served with lemon-garlic sauce. This tender seafood and its delicate flavors will transport you to the turquoise waters of the Panamanian coastline and is best paired with rice or salad.

Sip slowly on the festive ron ponche (Panamanian Eggnog)

Ron Ponche drink - Accent On Travel

Ron ponche is a creamy alcoholic drink made with rum, milk, eggs, vanilla, and nutmeg. It’s similar to eggnog but with a tropical twist. A festive drink that is popular during holidays or celebrations, you can sip it slowly or add ice to make it more appealing in warmer weather.

Refresh yourself with raspados

Mango Rasado drink - Accent On Travel

Raspados are shaved ice desserts topped with flavored syrups and condensed milk. They are a refreshing treat that you can enjoy on a hot day and come in different flavors, including strawberry, coconut, pineapple, mango and tamarind. Buy them from street vendors or ice cream shops — you’re most likely to find them as a popular item during the festival season.

Pair your coffee with a rich flan

Custard Flan - Accent On Travel

Conclude your culinary journey on a sweet note with flan, a velvety caramel custard – an excellent accompaniment to your coffee. Indulge in the smooth, creamy texture and rich flavors of this classic dessert as it melts in your mouth. Let the sweetness of Panamanian flan captivate your senses and leave you with a lasting impression of your time aboard your luxury cruise.

Call our team of expert travel advisors at Accent on Travel at 888-806-2337 and reserve your place on a culinary discovery of Panama with Princess Cruises. As part of our partnership with Princess Cruises, we bring a wide range of exclusive benefits, complimentary upgrades, and even shipboard credits to spend how you please on a Panama cruise. 

Wake up somewhere wonderful in Panama with Accent on Travel, in partnership with Princess Cruises.




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