We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The eighth wonder of the world, dont miss this cruise”

Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 8, 2014

Although I visited this port over thirty years ago, it was so different now and so much more to see due to excursions that were not available back in the old days. we booked the most expensive excursion $159. It included an hour and a half bus guided tour and then we got on a boat and spent four and half hours going through three locks, seeing the sights and new construction as well as having lunch on board, drinks, air conditioning, music and a finish of another hour an a half guided bus tour back to our ship, the Island Princess.The other stops included limon, colon, costa rica, grand cayman and cartehana. a great eleven nights Great food on board, many activities and you get to meet your fellow travelers from all over the world.

1  Thank allanace
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (118)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"partial transit"
in 33 reviews
"flamenco marina"
in 6 reviews
"pacific queen"
in 7 reviews
"panama canal"
in 47 reviews
"bucket list"
in 8 reviews
"grand cayman"
in 2 reviews
"miraflores locks"
in 10 reviews
"informative trip"
in 2 reviews
"boarded the boat"
in 3 reviews
"culebra cut"
in 4 reviews
"larger vessels"
in 2 reviews
"breakfast and lunch"
in 4 reviews
"day cruise"
in 3 reviews
"hour tour"
in 4 reviews
"pedro miguel"
in 2 reviews
"highly recommend this tour"
in 2 reviews
"atlantic side"
in 2 reviews

68 - 72 of 118 reviews

Reviewed November 30, 2014

The main reason for our trip to Panama was to go on the Canal. If you really want to do this trip make sure you are there on a Saturday, as it only runs on this day and book in advance. We booked with Viator as it was the cheapest. You get the same whoever you book with unless you want a private guide. This is not necessary as there is someone on board doing the commentating.
Very disorganised before you get on the boat. They get you there far too early but guess this is necessary when people can turn up late. The trip was one of the best things we have done. The canal is utterly AWESOME! We went through with a large container ship which was so exciting. Getting into the lock takes time, especially with a large ship in front of you but worth every minute.
Our guide was called Elmer and was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, very nice and let people go right up to the front of the boat for photos etc., He also ensured we were dropped as close to our hotel as possible on the return.
They provide breakfast and an early lunch, good food for this type of catering and plenty of it. They have big ice containers of soft drinks, plenty for everyone. Get on the boat first if you can and go to the top deck and get a seat undercover at the side – if there are 2 of you as you get the best view here. If not couples behind each other. You can move around on the boat but if you have good seats make sure you keep them when the food is served! Take lots of photo and enjoy this most amazing experience. There were people given different colour wrist bands and we thought this was some kind of priority, it just told you which coach you went on for your journey home!

6  Thank UKMary611
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 7, 2014

Great to see the workings of the canal from a boat, through two locks and breakfast and lunch included. Annoying tour guide and very loud speaker. Could do with including more of the history and construction of the canal.

2  Thank 60pennyc
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 7, 2014

The " Panama Canal Tour" is excellent, it's for engineers. Viator charges $145. They pick you up at the hotel at 8:00 AM,( I got picked up at airport 8:30 AM), by coach. You are taken to canal to board Vessel 9:30 AM. There are three separate types of locks in the canal. Engineers mainly want to see the Miraflores locks, which get you started. Historian's, Wildlife watchers, Bird watchers enjoy more sight seeing as you cruise down canal. The staff is just super, they explain everything happening. You are served a very nice meal, ice tea unsweet.. A great cup of black coffee, after we boarded. You cruise to Gamboa pier. The coach picks you up, depending on traffic has you back by 5 PM. It's an excellent value.

7  Thank 387indy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed September 6, 2014

I highly recommend the Panama Canal Partial Transit tour. The narration was outstanding. Our tour guide was Gus and he did an outstanding job! In addtion to close up views of the canal, we spoke with people from Germany and Peru as well as the US. It was very fun!

They served both a breakfast with eggs, bread, and fruit as well as a delicious Panamanian lunch with meat, beans, and salad. It cost about $150, but it was an in-depth 5 hours tour of the Canal and well worth the money.

3  Thank statguy3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour also viewed

Panama City, Panama Province
Panama City, Panama Province
Panama City, Panama Province

Been to Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing