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Gatun Locks

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Address: , Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360
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Shore excursion from cruise ship

Interesting place to see. I visited this place while cruising on board of the Carnival ship. It was just a shore excursion, but who likes ships and boats, will like the tour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Interesting place to see. I visited this place while cruising on board of the Carnival ship. It was just a shore excursion, but who likes ships and boats, will like the tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We visited the Gatun Locks with my family that lives in Colon. The fee to enter was $5 but small children were free. It was a pretty amazing view to see the water rise and fall based on where the ships were coming from (Atlantic/Pacific ocean). The locks are the door that open for the ships entry.

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North Miami Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

What an amazing sight as your ship passes thru the locks. Find a spot on the ship where you can see well. In our cabin was not so good but in the main dining room in the back of the ship was the best. I even got to wave to one of the mule drivers and he waved back.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The locks offer a good view on the canal, but I think it's better to go to miraflores locks instead as there is the same view and a museum in addition.

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Nieuwegein, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

on our cruise on the Zuiderdam we went thru the locks a perfect spot. to see all from the ship later on from land.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We passed the Gatun Locks on our way to the Sherman Fort. You then pass on a retractable bridge on the Carribean side of the lowermost dock. Really impressive to first see the new locks and then the old ones. It is awesome to see the tight fit of the Panamax vessels in the locks and admire this century old... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We arrived via Taxi ($100) before 11am, bought our tickets ($5 each), and proceeded to the observation platform over the locks and watched 10 ships come and go until 4pm, taking the same taxi back to Panama City as the driver waited for us. It was thrilling to watch the tankers, containers, and other ships make their way through these... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

very interesting to see the passage of ships, and the only lock of the canal you can see the entire transit

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

So the Gatun Locks doesn't have the tourist experience that the Miraflores Locks has, but what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in the experience of watching the ships go through the locks. You are so much more up close to the ships in the Gatun Locks and the number of ships coming through is at a higher... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Seeing boats move through the very precise locks was just awe inspiring! And to know that construction of additional locks are under way - who knew?

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