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Canal Tours

Am looking to do a partial Canal tranit tour in Feb (somewhere between Feb 5 -7). Any recommendations on which one to take or not to take?

I am aware of:

Panama Marine

Bay and Canal

Anton Excursions

Hotel has suggested Panama Marine over Bay and Canal. Don't know anything on Anton.

Thank you

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Haslett, Michigan
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1. Re: Canal Tours

I would suggest Panama Marine. We did a partial transit with Bay and Canal in September and it was terrible. It was the only thing we did not enjoy while we were in Panama. They had no record of our prepaid reservations when we arrivied. The boat was completely open and if it rains you will get soaked. The boat that they highlight on their website is not the boat that they used. They packed people on the boat. There was no safety briefing or emergency directions, and no life jackets visible.The crew was not friendly or helpful and acted like they hated their jobs. The food was horrible. I did a review under the "Things To Do" section that you can look at for more details.

We saw the boat that Panama Marine uses in Flamenco Marina and it looked very nice. It has enclosed decks with protection in case it rains. You can see it on their website.

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Hi there, just arrived in PC today and am curious what you opted to do for your canal tour? Is it worth doing a transit tour or just stick to visitor center? Thanks

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3. Re: Canal Tours

The best part of a full or partial transit of the Canal is being able to say that you're done it. The best way to see the Canal, the locks and understand how they work, along with the Canal's history, is by going to the Miraflores visistors' center and the museum. Even if you "lock up," you'll miss a lot by not going to Miraflores.

Haslett, Michigan
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I do not agree with gb-williams. I think that both Miraflores Locks and the canal tour are very worthwhile, especially if you are really interested in the canal and the construction of the canal. The canal tour provides a different perspective on how the locks work. It also provides a perspective on the huge amount of excavation that had to take place to construct the canal. The passage through the Culebra Cut if particularly amazing. Also, I think the efforts to widen the canal are still ongoing and the canal transit provides a view of the dredges and other equipment involved in that effort.

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6. Re: Canal Tours

How can this be done panamatravel? speaking with locals? around where?

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