Gatun Lake, Panama
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Approximately 6 Hours
Ride by coach to a pier on the Panama Canal and board a ferry that will transport you through part of this legendary waterway.
You will pass through the Gaillard Cut -- the most important and difficult part of the Panama Canal's construction and is home to the Continental Divide. Enter the Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Lake. On the far side of the lake, you will find the Miraflores Locks -- your passage to the Pacific Ocean.
Watch for the Centennial and Americas Bridges, and your water adventure ends at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal.
Leave the ferry and transfer by coach to meet the ship in Colón at the Atlantic entrance to the Canal.
The ship anchors in a designated area and will wait for instructions. Once clearance is transmitted to the ship, procedures begin to bring the ship's tour passengers ashore. Therefore, tour departure times may vary and will be announced on board. Tours that board the ferry at the Gamboa Dredging Division Pier pass through the Gaillard Cut; tours that board the ferry at Cucaracha Pier pass through approximately 10% of the Gaillard Cut. Which pier is used is determined by Panama Canal authorities on the day. Additionally, the Panama Canal Authority assigns a specific time slot for the transit of your vessel through the locks. Water levels in the locks are impacted by rain; the tour may be extended during drier seasons; therefore, the tour duration varies, and your patience with any delays is appreciated. This excursion departs from Gatún Lake and ends in Colón, where you will re-board the ship. The panoramic drive back to the ship, from Panama City at the Pacific end of the Canal to Colón at the Atlantic end, is approximately 1.25 hours on a new four-lane highway. The ship's return Colón may also be delayed due to transiting through the locks. Be prepared for any potential delay of the ship's arrival to Colón by bringing any essential medication or other items on tour. There are no wheelchair-accessible restrooms on the ferry. Facilities are available at the terminal in Colón while you wait for the ship's arrival.