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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour

  • Travel the entirety of the Panamá Canal on a 12-hour boat journey
  • Admire the engineering of the canal as you pass through all 3 sets of locks
  • View scenic Gatun Lake and the Chagres River
Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
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Panama Canal Full Transit Tour
Cruise the entirety of the Panamá Canal, from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean, during this 12-hour tour in Panamá City. Board a small vessel to travel through all 3 sets of locks that make up the canal. Voyage on Gatun Lake and the Chagres River. Learn about the history and construction of the canal from your guide while you travel. Disembark in Colón and board a shuttle for the return trip to Panamá City. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages are provided on board.
What to Expect
The trip departs from the Flamenco Marina 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.

During your Panama Canal full transit tour you will enjoy a trip through Gatun Lake, which was formed by erecting the Gatun Dam across the Chagres River. As you 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 Colon 2000, where transportation back to Panama City will be provided.
Reviews (53)
1 - 5 of 15 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Beautiful trip through the canal

The full transit tour is amazing. You have the opportunity to see the entire length of the canal from ocean to ocean, a must-see. The only set back is that they do book a lot of people on the ship so it is crowded until...More

Thank LeAnn H
Reviewed 26 August 2018
Fulfilling trip

we were happy we took the trip.the guide were very good in explaining .the first part of the tour (upto 11.30am),the boat was full.after that we were able to go up front and watch the working of all docks.the food was ok. we reached colon...More

Thank samkumar777
Reviewed 22 April 2018
Go for the Partial Transit; Not the Full One

Our group tour with Alexander and Roberts included a Panama Canal transit which would take 12 - 13 hours on the Pacific Queen. When I learned that it stopped in Gamboa to allow partial transit passengers to disembark, I asked our tour guide if we...More

20  Thank William W
Reviewed 16 April 2018
Full Panama Canal Transit from the Atlantic to the Pacific

We arrived at the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal before daylight on the Coral Princess Cruise Ship. By the time we entered the first lock the sun was up. Nearly everyone on the ship watched as we ascended the 85 feet to Gatun Lake...More

6  Thank Arnold S
Reviewed 21 March 2018
Panama canal trip

We did the full transit tour. We did not want to take a 10 day cruise to experience the canal. The whole operation from pick up from our hotel to delivery back, went through without a hitch. Our guide, Gus, did an excellent job. The...More

11  Thank ragboat
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15 April 2018|
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Response from Jon E |
August 18 not 19, sorry for the error.