View from the aft pool deck for the best view of this. We also took the tour to the Miraflores lock and the museum there, followed by a trip back to Colon on the Panama Canal Railroad. Very nice way to see how big Gatun Lake really is and experience how the area was traveled before the canal was finished.
Visited: Dec 17, 2017
Bring your camera to photograph sights on shore. Perhaps you will see some wildlife as I did
Visited: Dec 08, 2014
I went and sat in our state room window for the transit of the last set of locks. It was really great to watch the world rise above our stateroom window, see the paint on the side of the locks, get a look at the lock gates and how enormous they were. It was amazing to be on deck 2 and be eye level with the canal employees and wave high to them. I won't forget that view of the transit for a long time.
We booked the canal experience excursion . Wanted to go through all locks to the pacific side. In the end we were happy that we did this but the excursion was a fiasco . We were told the night before that we would be running late. What they did not tell us that we would be taking a very long bus ride with a stop at a gas station to buy time ( the ferry we were to board was running late ) we finally boarded the ferry but had to wait for a pilot then a new time slot. Barely enough food to feed everyone , and beverage selection was terrible . Beer , water, grape and orange soda . It was an amazing experience passing through the locks on a small ferry. Really get the feel of the water moving up and down . We were disappointed that it was dark when passing through the last lock. The ship waited ( we booked through ship, and there were 200 + passengers ) the buses got us back to the ship but almost had 2 accidents trying to get us there .
Visited: Feb 18, 2018
Very nice to go back through in daylight. Less commentary.
Visited: Mar 21, 2018
See above. Get there early to get a good seat to view exiting the canal.
Visited: Nov 26, 2017
Beautiful. Bucket list item
Visited: Oct 19, 2013
Again interesting seeing how the locks operate
Visited: Jan 06, 2019
Again, this is what this cruise is about and so glad we experienced it
This location marks the conclusion of a lengthy transition from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Two canals are used to move ships from west to east. From your ship you can see the locomotive system used to tow you through the various locks. What is amazing is the small amount of space maintained, port and starbord, between the side of the ship and the walls of the canal.
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