Gatun Lake, Panama
Colonial Panama & Miraflores
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Approximately 6¼ Hours
Air-conditioned transportation takes you 90 minutes across the Panamanian isthmus to the colonial area of Panama City.
Head up the coastline to El Casco Antiguo and learn about the piracy that was rampant here in the old days and forms an integral part of this area's history. On a leisurely 45-minute walk, appreciate the distinctive architecture here, influenced by an interesting blend of French, Spanish and Italian styles.
An extra 30 minutes of free time allows you to explore on your own in Casco Antiguo.
Continue to the Miraflores Locks -- part of the engineering marvel that makes up the Panama Canal. The Miraflores Locks Observation Center offers a close-up view ships passing through the locks. By the time you leave you will have a good understanding of the functioning of the locks.
Head back to the ship with a stop for arts and crafts shopping at Fort Amador.
Depending on canal scheduling, you may or may not actually see vessels in the lock chambers.