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“Interesting above expectations” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Panama Canal

Panama Canal
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$144.99*
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Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise
Ranked #1 of 167 things to do in Panama City
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Operating since 1914 and considered one of the wonders of the world, this fifty-mile waterway transports ships by raising them from sea level to more than 85 feet via a series of gravity-powered locks.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Interesting above expectations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

Takes around 1 hour to get there by bus and taxi, but it is really interesting.
I have skipped the museum (additional fee) and went on the top to see how big ships passes through the locks, and you see massive ships
Comments and explanations provided in english and spanish on the balcony.
You can't miss this if you are in Panama!

Visited August 2012
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“Last-minute, personalized all-day tour of the Panama Canal region”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

After a quick read of guide books, we considered doing the Panama Canal Railway from Panama City to Colon and back, to see the Canal But, after additional reading, we realized spending the day in Colon was not the best choice. So, I emailed several tour companies asking about options for the next day, for a tour that included Portobelo or San Lorenzo, Gatun Locks, and taking the train back from Colon. Panoramic Panama replied first and offered an all-day tour with a pick-up at our hotel in Panama City at 8am, with stops at Portobelo, going over Gatun Locks, AND San Lorenzo park and fort, plus Colon and the train back. It was $160 per person (lunch, fees, and tip not included; train ticket included). Our driver, Austin, was excellent. He actually works security for the Canal so he was very knowledgeable. The Tour Company also sent a taxi driver to pick us up after the train ride back to take us to our hotel (we tipped him well). Overall, a great tour. We got dropped off at the train at 3:30, boarding was not until close to 5pm (though Austin said they usually started boarding at 4pm), with departure at 5:15.

Visited September 2012
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“The Panama Canal Locks”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

The Panama Canal Locks work as well today as they did 100 years ago. All the water flows with gravity. No pumps are used.

Visited August 2012
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Boston
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“Amazing engineering feat, museum could be better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

The highlight of the canal was, of course, being at the canal as enormous vessels make the tight squeeze through the locks. We went to the Miraflores locks and you really are close to the action as it happens. There is also an informative video in the museum. The museum itself seemed a little thrown together though, and the chronological order of its construction was not immediately obvious.

Visited September 2012
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Panama City
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“Magnificent Feat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

Everyone should see the canal...or better yet...traverse it on a boat which is the best and only way to see the whole thing. Roughly 50 miles long, the canal is at the center of world commerce. It helps one really understand the immensity of world trade. The canal is also the only reason Panama is such a varied and vibrant country and culture. At least take a cocktail cruise on the canal while you are here.

Visited October 2012
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