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Gatun Locks

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Address: Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360

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On a cruise ship from the Atlantic to the Pacific, wow!

We were on the ms Amsterdam, on a relocation cruise through the Canal. Gatun Locks at six in the morning, and the skies lit up with thunder and lightening, almost as if the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Vancouver, BC, CAD
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We were on the ms Amsterdam, on a relocation cruise through the Canal. Gatun Locks at six in the morning, and the skies lit up with thunder and lightening, almost as if the heavens were celebrating our visit! Over a 100 years old, this marvel of engineering is truly fascinating. The histroy, knowing that those heroes gave their lives in... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We went to the Miraflores locks and really enjoyed them. The view from the Gatun locks platform was even better and it was really fun to see the two way traffic so close.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We arrived by cruise ship May 3rd and Roberto and driver picked up the four of us up from the ship. The van was air conditioned. We drove by the new canal construction and he gave us a great close-up view of the locks on our way to the Fort. Our route to the Fort took us through the rain... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This lock allows you to be so close to the ships that you feel you can almost touch them. I was mesmerized by watching the ships go through each level while they were inches from the sides of the canal. So cool! and there was a guide explaining every step of the way in Spanish and English. I've seen locks... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We toured the Gatun Locks as part of a cruise ship excursion. The excursion took us to see the new expansion construction, a visitor's center that described the history of the Panama Canal, and the Gatun Locks. We were able to see a cargo ship passing through the locks. We also liked being able to use the free wi-fi at... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We went over to Gatun Locks as part of a day tour and saw the canal expansion and the big freighters going through the locks. There were no crowds like there were at Miraflores locks in Panama city and we felt like we were much closer to the ships.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

In the Gatun Locks the traveler witnesses the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal, still so wondrous after 100 years.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

It's just amazing how these work! And to think how long they have been working the same way! No modern technology needed!

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Clackmannan, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

I never imagined that I would ever visit the Panama Canal, and to do so was truly breath taking. We were fortunate that two huge ships passed through the locks while we were there. To witness this was just an amazing experience! I had a prime spot in the viewing gallery, from where I was able to take some excellent... More 

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Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We had the opportunity to visit the new visitor center, view a 15 minute film of the locks construction and work in progress. Then walked to the viewing area over the new locks opposite the huge new lock gates. Very impressive

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