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Address: Colon, Panama
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Amazing experience seeing these large vessels transferring through the locks. Displays at the visitors center well planned. Small nature trail very informative. Worth the stop.

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Fred G
Warrington, PA

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Warrington, PA
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Amazing experience seeing these large vessels transferring through the locks. Displays at the visitors center well planned. Small nature trail very informative. Worth the stop.

Thank Fred G
Nova Scotia
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

One of the things I always wanted to experience was going through the locks at the Panama Canal. The day started early but is was amazing to see the cruise ship go through each of the 3 locks. We also took the tour of the locks which was another good opportunity to get close to the action.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

We took a ship excursion and visited the locks. Quite a few steps up to the observation tower, and well worth it. Some history of the locks and canal, most impressive is watching the large ships making their way through. Great vantage point for some amazing pictures.

Thank Sue T
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Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We went as part of our tour including the Panama canal railway. It was really interesting to learn about the history and see how the boats travel through the locks. There is a nice viewing platform so you can see how it all works.

Thank Becky H
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

We booked this tour to see the Panama Canal with several of our fellow cruisers on the cruise critic roll call. We were in a small bus and visited both the Gatun Locks and the Aqua Clara Locks. Our guide, Roberto, the owner of the company, was very informative and well spoken - and guided us to the observation areas... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 16 February 2017

This would have been a better experience if the tour was not as long. I felt like I could qualify for a Ph.D in locks by the time that I got back to the ship :). The beginning of the tour started with a trip to the observation tower of the original locks. Word of warning, there are 78 steps... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Took a shore excursion from Celebrity Equinox. Very interesting tour of the Gatun locks and the new expansion for larger ships. Approx. 4 hours. I found the observation tower at the old locks very fascinating, watching the ships pass thru the canal and the water levels change in the locks. Everything was explained. Tour guide Juan was very informative. Not... More 

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is an historical point of interest. Everyone just loved seeing and learning about the Panama Canal.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Went though the old locks on a private sailboat. The scale of the locks is immense. We were told the original gates are still in use. Any chance to see the the locks in operation would be well worth the effort!

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kingston, ontario
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

Took a tour there. Truly amazing the engeering and how over the years it still works. Really big ships going through with almost no room to spare. The train engines which pull them through a new up dated based on the same concept as the original. Very close by is the new expansion which the mega ships go through. You... More 

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