- Panama Canal transit cruises
- On board guide
- Lunch & beverages
- Gateway: Panama City Panama
Our trip departs from the Flamenco Marina (in front of Alberto's italian restaurant) at the end of the Amador Coast Way at 7:00 a.m.(Check in), and you will travel from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean on the same day. Once in the Pacific Ocean, you will be able to admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City’s splendorous skyline before passing under the Bridge of the Americas.
The vessel will then transit through the first set of locks, the Miraflores Locks, where it will ascend 18 meters in two distinct steps. Next, the Pacific Queen will enter Miraflores Lake, which is a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel Locks from Miraflores Locks. The vessel will transit through Pedro Miguel Locks, which is one of the two sets of locks on the Pacific side, and here the vessel ascends 9 meters in one step.
After exiting Pedro Miguel locks, the Pacific Queen will travel through the Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut (also known as Culebra Cut because its curves resemble a snake) is one of the main points of interest for visitors because it was carved through the Continental Divide and this section of the Canal is full of history and geological value. As you transit the Cut you will be able to appreciate the continuous maintenance that this area requires, because it is very susceptible to landslides. In this area you will also be able to observe the work in process for the Panama Canal expansion project.
You will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. During your transit through Gatun Lake you will pass the Smithsonian Research Station at Barro Colorado. You will also experience the Gatun Locks, which are the only set of locks in the Atlantic sector. In Gatun Locks, the vessel will be lowered a total of 26 meters in three distinct chambers. Upon arriving at Colon, you will disembark at Pier 6, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided. We should get back to Panama City around 7:30 - 8:00pm.
|Vessel||Departing Pier||Check in time ***|
|Pacific Queen||Flamenco Resort and Marina (in front of Alberto's italian restaurant) at the end of the Coastway Amador, last Island||7:00am|
|Isla Morada and other ships||La Playita de Amador in Naos, second island on Coastway Amador.||7:00am|
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ? Bilingual guide/narrator, full lunch, soft drinks and water (all you can drink). transportation by bus in the way back.
It does not include hotel pick up or drop off. It interested on it we would happy to quote you on it. Coastway Amador is about 20-30 minutes from most Panama City hotels in downtown and we advise to procure a taxi ride with hotel concierge from the day before your trip.
FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN GO ? Everyone. Minors must travel with a responsible adult.
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? Sun protection and confortable clothing.
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT ? Travel light and avoic carrying what you wont use.
- This is not an exclusive trip. You will be one more person in a small boat that could take around 200 persons.
-*** Given itinerary is temptative and subjected to final decision of the Panama Canal Authority which can change it (earlier or later, usually up to a couple of hours). If that happens we will notify you by email as soon as we get notice of a change so PLEASE check your email.
|Adultos||Niños (3 – 12)|
|May 1st to October 31st||180.00||95.00|
|November 1st to April 30th||195.00||105.00|
Year-round Panama Canal transit cruises
The best way to experience the canal is onboard a cruise. During your transit, you will have the unique opportunity to see the Canal up close in operation.