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Panama Canal

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Address: Panama City, Panama
Phone Number: 272 3165
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this...
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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Ship Breakdown

Got a bit boring after a while, but not fault of the operator. A cargo ship broke down and kept us back 1 - 2 hours

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Broome, Australia
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Broome, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Got a bit boring after a while, but not fault of the operator. A cargo ship broke down and kept us back 1 - 2 hours

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Jasper, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

we were on the Caravan Tour of Panama. We rode a tour boat from the Pacific side through two sets of locks, Miraflores and Pedro Miguel on about a six hour ride. It was an experience we will never forget.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We sailed the NCL Star from Miami to Los Angeles in February and the highlight of the trip was our transit thru the Panama Canal. What a feat of engineering, and still working great at 100+ years old. It was very sunny, hot and humid, but it was a beautiful transit. Trip of a lifetime for us and a bucket-list... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

My husband really wanted to go through the Panama Canal. It was interesting and educational. It took quite a long time to go through it and I would probably recommend going to the visitor observation center instead if you are not dead set on actually taking a boat though it. It could save you some time and money and you... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

After all these years of hearing about the canal, I wodered if I would be dissapointed. I was not! It is an amazing place, in many ways. They do show a sort movie, by the entrance, then there are several levels of viewing- decks and a multi-storie museum. It contains the history of the canal, how it was built, what... More 

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Kaliningrad, Russia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

IMHO it hasn't any superb specific if of course you never see a water lock in processing before. The canal and the lock are things which you should show your kids.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

So much history, engineering, and man overcoming nature and disease here. They have a sort of museum where you can see models as to how the canal was built. Nothing compares to being at the outdoor viewing area and see one of the gigantic ocean going vessels slowly pass by. Crews take pics of the tourists taking pics of them.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Truly an adventure of a lifetime. Learned so much history.....Panama has no Army and the people are educated, learning English in grade school. Panama is a diverse culture, rare to see a true native. The Canal, which is 100 yr old is a marvel. I was impressed that something like the Canal was built, so long ago. The new canal... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Chance of a lifetime, if you get the chance, go see it. The observation areas fab, talks excellent ,but more importantly the sight of huge ocean going container ships slipping through the feat of engineering is breathtaking

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Construction continues on the expansion; museum is worth visiting; take a boat tour on the canal and through the locks; interesting to see ships from all over the world!

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