Fascinating - one of the highlights of the trip!
Visited: Mar 30, 2019
Went thru old locks on Island Princess about 5 yrs ago, excellent, narrator was a phD who wrote a book about the Canal. This time a Princess employee who was as dumb as a rock and knew nothing about the history of the Canal. She read script and was absolutely awful. I've entered a formal complaint as this was the focal point and reason for the cruise and us spending $5000!
Visited: Apr 21, 2018
Old locks excursion was excellent!!!
Visited: Nov 30, 2017
The best view of the Panama Canal transit is from Deck 11, (just below the bridge) ALL the way to the front of the ship, & thru the normally closed doors to the outer deck. The doors are open to passengers on this day, only, & offered the best views of all of the action. Panama: “Rainforest, Gatun Lakes & Locks Tour”: Only Princess tours could disembark & be tendered to the tour pick up. Panama Port Authority determines when passengers can disembark. Our tour didn’t leave until 11:30. Our stop at the Agua Clara Visitors’ Center would have been more appealing IF their restaurant had been opened, (Christmas Day) & we were not relegated to a long line where chips & sodas were all that was left. The hike near the resort was short & uneventful. The boat ride on Gatun Lake was pleasant, but we saw only one sloth.
Visited: Dec 20, 2018
This was everything I imagined and hoped it would be. This was the main event and it was excellent. Valerie offered lectures and there were movies to see. I had read "Pathway between the Seas" so I was well informed and it totally lived up to expectations. We took the excursion onto the ferry to through the full set of locks to the Pacific. I was disappointed not to get to ride the train (a bus took us back to the ship) and wish we could have stayed overnight and spent another day in Panama City. It was excellent, hot, muggy, (no mosquitoes!) with great service, great lectures and guides. A fascinating experience.
Visited: Feb 05, 2020
This was our first time to go thru the new locks. We were able to disembark the ship after passing thru the locks and going into Lake Gatun. We then went to the observation platform and watched the ship turn around and to go back thru the locks. Quite and experience!! We were then transported to Colon where we boarded the ship.
Visited: Apr 21, 2018
Amazing 100-year old technology.
Visited: Feb 02, 2019
The main reason we took this cruise, to see the new locks work
Visited: Oct 27, 2018
We stayed on the ship and watched from an upper deck the Canal passage the whole trip. Buy the DVD of the voyage through. it gives you a perspective that you can only get from a 360 overview. A bonus was the 8' Alligator as we were leaving the locks on the way back through near the bow. We got some great pictures.
Visited: Feb 16, 2018
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