Partial Transit of the Panama Canal
Tropical birds circle overhead and the sound of the rainforest’s wildlife breaks the quiet calm as you make your way along this fantastic canal and engineering marvel. Navigating the Panama Canal is truly unforgettable.
As you travel with just inches from the canal’s sides, you can look out to the green jungle beyond.
The Panama Canal was built to be the vital link between two huge oceans, and nearly 100 years after it first opened, it still serves that purpose admirably. During the past few decades, it has also become a terrific cruise destination, offering an unforgettable trip through one of the world’s engineering marvels and a sojourn through the lush landscapes of Central America. After nearly a century, the waterway continues to play a major role in tourism and international commerce. It is still considered one of the marvels of the world. More than 300 cruise ships a year go through the Panama Canal. A trip through the canal is a mind-boggling experience.
You will be taken by private transfer to the Marina where a shared boat will be waiting for you for a journey from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Your private guide will accompany you on the boat for a personal experience. Begin by enjoying the views of Panama Bay and Panama City's skyline before passing under the Bridge of the Americas. Afterwards the boat will enter the Panama Canal, beginning with the transit through the set of locks located on the Pacific side – the Miraflores where the vessel will be lifted 16 meters in two distinct steps and the Pedro Miguel where it will be lifted 9 meters in one step– up to the Gaillard Cut. This portion of the journey, where the Chagres River flows into the canal, is full of history and geological significance. As visitors transit the Cut they will observe the work in progress of the Panama Canal's expansion project which will double the Canal's capacity.
Guests will enjoy a trip across Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. While in the Gatun Lake, visitors will be served a delicious lunch. After crossing the lake they will observe the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks on the Atlantic side. Here the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 metres in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon on the Atlantic Ocean, guests will disembark the boat and be transferred privately back to the hotel in Panama City will be provided.