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Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks.
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Get up early, if you're on a ship, and be sure to watch your passage through each and every lock. See how ingenious it's designed, how smoothly manipulated you are, and how the ship in the adjoining locks are guided through by cable attached to...More
If you're in Panama City, you really should take time to visit the Panama Canal. It's easy to get to...I rented a car because I was traveling to other areas of the country. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, find out when the boats...More
What an astonishing achievement the canal is. This was by far the highlight of our trip and I highly recommend it to anyone traveling to this part of the world. The canal can be visited in a variety of ways, there are countless tours and...More
Took a bus tour with caravan.com - our 5th with this company. We learned so much about both the old and new canal and the Gatun Lake. We transited both the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel locks in a small craft. A wonderful experience. Overall I...More
The Panama Canal visitor's center has multiple viewing areas for watching the ships make their way slowly through the canal's lock system, with helpful narration of the process over the public address system so visitors learn specifics about the ships they see. The museum is...More
At least we took the bus rather than paying for a taxi, but 20 dollars just to see the canal from a viewing platform was a total rip-off. It really was just the viewing platform, there was virtually no additional information
A great visit!
There is no need to pay the $20 entrance fee to see the Canal if you are short on time. We lined up at the restaurant ticket window and on arrival at restaurant reception we said we only wanted drinks. We were...More
I have read much about the building of the canal and wanted to experience it first hand. I was not disappointed. We got up very early so we could have a front row spot on the front of the ship. Our ship, Norwegian Pearl, entered...More
You could probably swing it depending on time of day but cutting it close - if weekend and no traffic, it's a half hour taxi ride for about US$30-40 each way. But if there is rush hour traffic, it can be bad - up to 75... More
You could probably swing it depending on time of day but cutting it close - if weekend and no traffic, it's a half hour taxi ride for about US$30-40 each way. But if there is rush hour traffic, it can be bad - up to 75 minutes. If you want to see the ships pass through, go before 10 or after 3 - and you can just view from the deck or sit and have a drink in the little restaurant. But note it takes quite some time for one ship to go through. You would have to scoot through the museum, it's several floors worth, and the video is not too long but very educational. You could use a guide but not sure it's worth the expense per person.