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6-Hour Panama Canal Ship Cruise

Product ID: 26679
Sail a section of the massive Panama Canal on board a cruise ship. Travel through the Cut on the way to the Pedro Miguel Locks and on to the Pacific Ocean. Admire the extraordinary feat of engineering up close and see the new Centennial Bridge.
About this activity
Duration: 6 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
Spanish, English

Pickup included

Pick-up from Panama City hotels
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Cruise through a partial section of the Panama Canal to admire the amazing feat of engineering up close
  • Pass through the Miraflores and Pedro Miguel Locks
  • Hear about the canal's construction and future plans for expansion from an expert guide
  • Sail to the Pacific Ocean marina at Flamenco
  • See the new Centennial Bridge
Full description
Experience the Panama Canal in the most authentic way, by crossing it on board a ship. This 6-hour tour from Panama City will take you to the world famous Miraflores Locks, where you can watch huge ocean-going vessels transiting the canal just a few feet away.

Your partial Panama Canal transit starts with a coach ride to Gamboa, where the Panama Canal Dredging Division is located. On arrival, board the cruise ship and enter the canal at the north end of Gaillard Cut, where the Chagres River flows into the canal. The Gaillard Cut, also known as Culebra Cut due to its serpent-like curve, was carved through the Continental Divide, making it one of the canal’s most popular attractions.

Travel for 8.2 miles (13.7 kilometers) on the way to Pedro Miguel Locks. As you transit the Cut you will observe the continuous maintenance that the area requires, and the work in progress for the Panama Canal expansion project. View the new Centennial Bridge before you enter Pedro Miguel Locks. Here your vessel will be lowered 29.5 feet (9 meters) in one step. You will then enter Miraflores Lake, a small artificial body of fresh water that separates Pedro Miguel from Miraflores Locks. At Miraflores Locks the vessel will be lowered another 52.5 feet (16 meters) in 2 distinct steps.

Once at the Pacific Ocean, sail to the beautiful Flamenco Marina to disembark. On the way to Flamenco, pass under the Bridge of the Americas, and admire the Bay of Panama and Panama City's spectacular skyline.
Includes
  • Transportation from and to Panama City hotels
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Soft drinks and water
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, a camera, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

This tour does not operate daily; please check the canal transit schedule to see the availability.

Due to the low water levels in the Gatun Lake, which provides all the water for canal operations, the Panama Canal has implemented strict water conservation guidelines. These measures restrict transit schedules and may cause changes in tour departure times. Please contact the tour operator the day before your tour to reconfirm check-in and departure times.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 31 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.4 / 5
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This tour was amazing and worth the time and money. The only reason we didn't give it 5 stars was because the pickup service wasn't very good with a mixup on the time. The other thing was our group was never called for lunch and when we went to check on it the food was just being cleaned up so we were out of luck!

January 13, 2019

Great trip.food excellent.enjoyed going through the locks.enjoyed talking to other passengers.the guide was excellent.jurney back to hotel gave us a tour of Panama City.

February 7, 2020

Be prepared for delays, as tourist traffic has to adjust to commercial shipping.

February 5, 2020

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Product ID: 26679