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“Glad I did it, don't want to do it again” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour
Via Porras y Calle Belen, No. 106, Panama City, Panama
507-226-8917
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Ranked #21 of 106 Activities in Panama City
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Morpeth, England, United Kingdom
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“Glad I did it, don't want to do it again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013 via mobile

This is a good trip, the boat is a good size, the staff friendly and you do get to see the Panama Canal in action. It does have its drawbacks however. it's much longer than advertised as other people have said, as you have to wait for bigger ships before you can go through a lock. There must have been 200 people on board the boat. There was plenty of food but it was crowded with the sort of stresses that only big crowds can bring. You get treated, albeit well meaningly, like a sheep. Only go on this if you have nothing else to do with the day, you are patient and don't mind going round with big groups of Americans.

Visited December 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Panama Canal - Partial Transit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Tour, Dec 3 - We initially were going to book the full transit tour but it was sold out. I was actually glad it was as the partial tour is about 5 hours and was long enough for us. Be sure your visit the Panama Canal museum which is located by Miraflores locks which details the making of the canal and a short movie with history of the canal built. This tour goes through the Miraflores locks and Pedro Miguel locks. A small breakfast and lunch are served on the boat. Interesting to see how the water fills the locks, lifts the boat and ships then continue on their way. Some great picture taking moments. Great tour with great history!

Visited December 2013
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Souderton, Pennsylvania
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“A Wonder!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The century-old technology is amazing. To be on a little ferry boat with a huge container carrier just a few feet behind is just a bit overwhelming. What impressed me the most though is that this was done for ecological purposes. They knew an awful lot 100 years ago.
It seems there is a natural lake at the end of a river which sits smack on the continental divide. This is higher than the Atlantic and the Pacific. The underlying rock is one reason why they couldn't just dig a big ditch but it was also because they would have mixed the fresh & saltwater killing many species of fish. Further, a big ditch would cause problems with the differences in currents in the two oceans. Very cool. One one side water enters the lock raising the vessel to the level of the lake. The lock opens and you enter the lake. To get off the lake and over to the Pacific, you enter the next lock where the water level is lowered until you reach that level.
Thank you Teddy Roosevelt!

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“This was great and wow l have sailed the Panama Canal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

Thought this was going to be a long slow boat ride. But Gus the tour guide helped make sure it was informative and good fun. Plenty of large boats and activity in the canal and our boat moved quickly. Lunch was good and drinks were good and everything priced reasonably. Soft drinks and coffee etc free if you wanted beer you paid but $3 is cheap in any mans language

Visited November 2013
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Panama City, Florida, United States
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“Bucket list check off aboard theCoral Princess”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

One of the most fascinating tours I have Ever been on. To be a hundred years old , with the technology available back then ,it is truly a marvel.

Visited October 2013
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