Gatun Locks

Gatun Locks, Colon: Address, Gatun Locks Reviews: 4.5/5

Gatun Locks
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Lori S
Edwardsville, IL179 contributions
Nice cruise
Feb 2020
We took an inaugural cruise through the new locks in February 2020. Very interesting though I was told the old locks were more interesting. As short as they are it seemed to take quite awhile but things have to move pretty slow.
Written August 29, 2020
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CherylandBrett
Simpsonville, SC548 contributions
Gatun Locks, Panama
Mar 2020 • Couples
Old Gatun locks are still worth seeing, such an engineering marvel. It’s a shame it was fenced off, didn’t use to be when we lived there, but still lovely.
Written March 6, 2020
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Sightsee730901
Bozeman, MT201 contributions
World marvel of Engineering
Mar 2020 • Couples
An experience of a lifetime to cruise through the locks. Be prepared for it to take some time and hope the cruise line does a good job of explaining the process as you go through.
Written March 4, 2020
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mikeej99
Santa Barbara, CA135 contributions
Man made engineering marvel!
Mar 2019
We transited the canal on the Windstar Starbreeze. The operation of the locks is amazing and is much the same as it was when the call was completed in 1914. The transit is fascinating and the amount of earth that was removed and the amount of concrete poured is mindboggling. We would highly recommend the smaller Windstar ships for this as they anchor at the smaller ports and give you a lot more exploring versatility.
Written February 22, 2020
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James W
Henderson, NV775 contributions
Amazing engineering!
Feb 2020
I’ve read about and heard about the Panama Canal since I was a youngster, so it was very exciting to finally see them in person. One can only imagine the hardships and sacrifices that the construction workers endured during construction. Unfortunately, we were on a smaller ship and didn’t get to see the newest lock system, since that is used only for the largest freighters. If you have an opportunity to get to the Visitors Center, do it. Great views of the canal and surrounding areas.
Written February 11, 2020
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Joseph D
10 contributions
Magnificent Engineering
Jan 2020
Transited the Panama Canal starting on the Atlantic side through the Gatun Locks. What a marvel of engineering - still operating pretty much as when it opened in 1914! Definately worth the trip.
Written February 3, 2020
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Harmonie
Antwerp, Belgium857 contributions
The most interesting part of the Canal
Dec 2019
We crossed the Gatun Locks on a cruise ship. Since there are 3 locks and the operations last for hours, you get plenty of time to experience all the maneuvers needed to bring the ships from the Atlantic Ocean up to Lake Gatun
Written January 10, 2020
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avi haller
Miami, FL181 contributions
Cruise
Dec 2019 • Couples
Few years ago I was in Panama and I went to see the past of the ships through the gate and was a good experience. But this time I was in a cruise and I was a great expectation. It is interesting but much better to see the pass from outside . It's take around 90 minutes each way
Written December 28, 2019
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AlwaysPlanning-TRIP
New York State404 contributions
Chance of a Lifetime
Dec 2019 • Couples
Had the opportunity to take a Panama cruise in December of 2019 and went through the Gatun Locks and into Gatun Lake as part of a partial transit. Traveling through the original and historic locks was the chance of a lifetime. Watching the "mules" at work... Enjoying the sights and sounds of the Canal. Sailing under the American bridge all led to an experience I will never forget.
Written December 28, 2019
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LWTA
23 contributions
Rain Forest & Gatun Lake Cruise & Locks
Dec 2019
Along with my daughter and two middle school grandsons we booked this excursion before departing on a 10 day cruise through the Panama Canal with Holland Americas Eurodam. After going through the smaller, original locks we tendered from the anchored ship in Gatun Lake to a tourist dock. Our guide was informative, helpful and along with our boat and bus driver very good at finding and pointing out wildlife and giving ample opportunities for all on tour to take pictures. We started with a short bus ride to the new Aqua Clara locks with plenty of time to see the 10 minute movie describing the building of the locks and view them from the observation center. Thankfully we were able to watch a large container ship come into the first set of locks and the huge lock doors close, We then boarded the bus to a resort, given water and a restroom break before boarding an excursion boat on Gatun Lake. Swinging monkeys and sleeping sloths were in abundance as well as butterflies, birds and beautiful foliage..
The rain forest walk was not strenuousness or long but afforded more opportunities to view wildlife. The bus picked us up at the end of the trail for our ride to Colon to meet our ship. There was nothing to merit interest at this port and our wait for the ship was longer than predicted as each ship coming back through the locks can be delayed, which ours was. Thankfully we had interesting and fun people to talk with while we waited, one of whom was part of the Lincoln Center Stage who performed nightly on the ship. Very fun tour that lived up to its description.
Written December 14, 2019
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