I took a "complete transit" tour on Sep. 7.
It was one and only reason why I went to Panama.
Unfortunately, in the morning, the weather was terrible, the downpour, frightful thunder and lightning !!
But, the guide, Martin D.Harrington tried to comfort 300 passengers in Spanish and English in that scary situation. Thanks to him, non of the passengers went into a panic.
In the afternoon, it cleared up, the boat ride through the Gatun lake was great and peaceful and we enjoyed sunbathing.
It was astonishing, in the Gatun locks, the massive boat in front of us was lowered and there was only 30cm to spare on either side.
Martin's narration was very informative and funny. As I am Japanese, his distinct pronunciation and metric conversion were very helpful.
Moreover, he had very improvisational attitude,
-under the rain, controlled the checking-in and embarking orderly,
-celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary for the couple,
-after disembarking, indicated busses to passengers and allocated bus stop to each one, etc.
All in all, without Martin, it would have been chaotic.
I really appreciate his great effort.
I strongly recommend the guide, Martin D. Harrington.
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