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

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nice cruise

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

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

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 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Two days ago I reviewed the Miraflores Locks and I think I gave it a 5. I meant every word I said, but I didn't realize I'd need some more wiggle room for the Gatun Locks. The experience at the Gatun Locks was even better. First of all there were about 20 visitors in all while we were there (Miraflores... More 

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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

There are not many places in the world where you can watch huge ships at close quarters as they pass through the 3 Gatun locks, the biggest with only 2ft to spare either side. One other place on the same scale is the 3 Gorges dam in China. We are transiting the canal on a yacht but from the viewing... More 

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Hercules, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Very informative staff. Patricia personally answered all of my questions in good English about the incredible facts and little of the controversial history of the canal; she wasn't aware that we could've spoken Spanish until towards the end. Make sure to check out the top for a good photo op while ships pass, but not as close as my brother,... More 

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tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

On my recent panama canal cruise, this was one of the few shore excursions offered. At first it seemed like it would be redundant since I was doing a full transit of the canal on the ship. However, it turned out to greatly enhance the transit. You get a very different perspective of how the locks function when you watch... More 

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Address: Colon, Panama
Phone Number: 507-841-9360
Location: Central America  >  Panama  >  Colon Province  >  Colon

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