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Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction provided by Panama Marine Adventures

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction

Panama Canal Partial Tour - Southbound Direction
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
180
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 32283P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Roundtrip hotel transfer from selected hotels
  • Sodas and water
Exclusions
  • (available for purchase)
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance. The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet between 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. You can also contact us at this time.
  • Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina, 084300762, Panamá, Panama Located on the last island of the Amador Causeway, behind the Duty Free Shop. We have a tour office with a sign of Panama Canal Tours.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travellers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Roundtrip hotel transfer from selected hotels
  • Sodas and water
Exclusions
  • (available for purchase)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • If your hotel is not listed, please let us know so we can recommend the nearest at walking distance. The exact pickup time will be informed on the day before of the tour through the Viator extranet between 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. You can also contact us at this time.
  • Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina, 084300762, Panamá, Panama Located on the last island of the Amador Causeway, behind the Duty Free Shop. We have a tour office with a sign of Panama Canal Tours.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 180 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Fuerte Amador. Resort & Marina
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Panama Marine Adventures
    Stop: 30 minutes
    Our check in point is at Flamenco Marina, located on the last island of the Amador Causeway. It is right next to the Panama sign and behind the Duty Free Shop.
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    Pass by
    Centennial Bridge
    Panama Canal
    Bridge of the Americas
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Simon L
Germany2 contributions
I was picked up exactly in time, arrived at the boat just before it left and was also picked up again right after entering the harbour - everything was just perfectly planed and the communication via WhatsApp worked out well.
Concerning the tour, it was just an awesome experience: First you could see the landscape surrounding the canal and then we passed the locks on the Pacific side. It's definitely worth spending the money to drive with a boat through the locks, you're a lot closer to the ships and therefore it's way more impressive.
The trip was topped off perfectly with an excellent guide and air-conditioned areas with free sodas and a lunch.
Written 23 December 2021
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Frank D
Slidell, LA1,310 contributions
This was a really excellent experience!

For the Southbound Trip, the bus from Flemenco Marina is large and comfortable and pleasantly air conditioned. It holds about 50 people maximum. For a better shot at the best seats on the boat, sit at the front of the bus; I sat at the back and preferred that as the bus wasn't quite full and there was lots of space back there.

On the outside, the boat has 3 deck areas. The bow area has rather limited seating (considering the number of people). The upper deck, a few steps down from the bow area, has 2 rows of seating with each row having seats facing outward to water and inward toward center (and the other row). This deck also wraps around to the stern of the boat. The 3rd deck area is on the lower deck at the stern and is also a designated smoking area. With a reasonably full load, there aren't quite enough seats to go around - but that won't matter once you get started because most people are up milling around and taking pictures. Position yourself standing at the very front of the bow for the first part of the trip for good pictures. After the boat enters the Pedro Miguel lock (1st lock) you may want to go to the stern to get pictures of whatever large ship will be following you into the lock and of the water level drop where you're up and then down. This is the best lock for pictures, IMHO, because it has the largest drop; the upcoming Miraflores Locks are a set of 2 locks with smaller drops on each one.

Inside there is quite a lot of seating in 3 cabin areas. Immediately off the lower deck at the stern is the entrance to the 1st compartment. Going down some steps takes you to the restrooms and you can go forward to the enclosed bow area with seating or go down a few more steps to another cabin with seating where drinks and lunch is served.

Water and soft drinks are available throughout the trip at no charge; alcoholic beverages are charged for. Lunch is a brown bag affair with everything stored in a cooler for freshness until served. Very nice lunch with a delicious small sub sandwich, generous mixed fruit bowl, and a generous salad. The chocolate chip cookie was great, too!

The guide on the trip I took is a professor of history at a local college who does the guide bit on weekends - and is excellent. He provides a huge amount of great information about the canal and its history in alternating Spanish and English. He is also available with answers to any questions you may have about the canal.
Written 27 March 2022
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Vandenra
Allegan, MI7 contributions
The tour involved a boat ride through over half the canal headed to Panama City and transiting through the 3 southern locks (Pedro Miguel and 2 chambers of Miraflores).
A guide provided a lot of interesting information throughout the trip in both English and Spanish. The boat has plenty of space if people wanted open air in the sun or shade or to be in air-conditioning. They provided free water and pop all day with beer for purchase. A nice boxed lunch of a salad, mixed fruits, sandwich and cookie was included.
Riding through the canal was a must do for our trip to Panama and this didn’t disappoint!
Wearing masks throughout the day was the main thing changed due to COVID and that was absolutely manageable for the experience.
Written 27 January 2022
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Patricia
5 contributions
It was fascinating to be able to experience first hand this marvel of engineering. Our guide Gus was extremely knowledgeable and did a great job of keeping the energy up during some lengthy periods while waiting our turn to pass through the locks. I’m so glad I did this, and highly recommend it.
Written 26 January 2020
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WFBTraveler3
Milwaukee, WI188 contributions
My wife and I booked a southbound one half day transit of the Panama Canal. We had some concerns because of several negative reviews. The tour was wonderful. Not to worry, there was plenty of water, the food, individually packed lunches, was good and there was no overcrowding. Our guide was interesting and provided information on the history of the Canal, of Panama, on shipping and on Canal wildlife. We enter the locks in from of a large container ship and were given a detailed explanation of the process of passing through the locks. Numerous photo opportunities. The temperature was in the 90s but the trip was comfortable, you could go indoors with air-conditioning, stay on deck with an awning or out in the sun. We highly recommend the tour.
Written 10 March 2022
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta454 contributions
Mixed review on this excursion I took off a Princess cruise. First the good, after getting on in Gamboa cruising throught the Gaillard Cut and going through the original locks in a small boat which is lower to the water and up close to the locks was awesome. It was also exciting to get squeezed into the lock with a large car carrier and to see the logistics of moving ships through the locks. Leisurely pace through the three locks into Panama City where you catch the bus back to Colon in our case. Now for the bad, there are way too many people jammed onto these "ferries". There a just rows of plastic stacking chairs to sit on which are hard and hot to sit on. Tough to get a good view of everything without moving around the boat, I did not sit down the whole time as by the time we boarded there were not decent seats left. The lunch they provded kind of grossed me out so I passed on that as well, they did sell ice cold beer for reasonable price but every time I went to get one the guy quoted me a different price so be aware. Like I said I was so looking forward to this passage I willed myself to ignore the shortcomings and to just enjoy myself.
Written 3 February 2020
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Judith S
Barbados2 contributions
Was told we would receive an email confirming pickup point which didn’t happen. We found our own way to the pick up point for the bus.
After an hour’s bus drive, we boarded the boat and had a most enjoyable day, with excellent commentary to explain the workings of the canal as we experienced it.
Highly recommended day trip
Written 25 February 2020
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Gary B
El Paso17 contributions
Wonderful experience. Pick-up point and time for pick-up was a little confusing but it worked out o.k. The tour guide on the boat was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about the canal and about life and culture in Panama. Exceptional !!! Lunch was good, soft drinks were cold the length of the tour was just right. I loved it. Take a poncho in case of rain showers. The half tour was perfect.
Written 1 June 2022
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Michael
Brooklyn, NY240 contributions
Couples
The van pick up was good, and the tour itself was nice. Going through the canal was a great experience. My only complaint was the lunch. Although it probably has more to do with the boat, then the actual tour provider. They give a bag lunch. A turkey and cheese sandwich, a salad, some fruit (which was the best part ) and a stale cookie. They give free water at least. But there was no coffee, and very little choices for snacks. So definitely go prepared
Written 19 May 2022
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TXLady62
Spring, Texas USA23 contributions
Family
We purchased our southbound partial transit of the Panama Canal through TripAdvisor/Viator and had absolutely no trouble with the reservation. We got an email the day before our departure telling us what time to meet at the Flamenco Marina, for our bus ride to the Pacific Queen. It is hot in Panama, and we dressed for the weather and the bus was air conditioned. The Pacific Queen is large, clean and safe. The views are good on all decks, the lower decks are air conditioned and the upper deck is open air and covered, so you are not sitting in the sun. There are also smaller areas up top that are not covered for unrestricted photography. About mid voyage, they announced our lunch times by the color of our wristband. The food was good and filing and soft drinks are plentiful. We passed through three locks, accompanied by a catamaran, sailboat and a huge tanker. After the first two locks, each taking about 45 minutes to an hour, waiting for the third got a bit boring, but that is to be expected by the nature of what you are doing. If you are in Panama, you must take this passage!
Written 23 March 2018
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By: Panama Marine Adventures
tomhY466VN
tomhY466VN
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A Five Star Experience. Wonderful Trip. (With some recommendations for travelers)
This was a fantastic trip-well organized and well worth the time and money. From the pickup at my hotel to the drop
LoveTravel752509
LoveTravel752509
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Don’t disregard your guests once back on land
The tour was great and very pleased that I did the full tour. The return to Panama City was beyond disappointing.
NashvilleReunion
NashvilleReunion
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Amazing Tour!
This tour is incredible! We booked it in November and planned our entire vacation around it. The history is amazing
Kameron W
Kameron W
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Excellent Full canal transit tour. One off my bucket list!
Great tour of the canal! Amazing guide and staff. Food was surprisingly good. Full transit was better than partial
Britt B
Britt B
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Fun and educational day
Awesome educational tour of the Panama Canal and history. We left just after sunrise and returned around 8PM. It wa
R M
R M
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Informative Tour
My granddaughter lives in Panama City, she booked this tour for us. It was a very informative tour. The person nitr
Annie K
Annie K
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Amazing experience!
An incredible opportunity to see up close how the canal works. Our boat was tied up right along side the ocean fre
pchristmas01
pchristmas01
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Great experience
Great trip with very entertaining and informative guide. The only problem was a few people hogging the front of the
tommk2015
tommk2015
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Amazing in very informative tour of the Panama Canal!
Great long day excursion of this important waterway. Tour guide, Gus brought the whole canal to life with his info
jonneyrocket
jonneyrocket
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Overall excellent experience
Tour guide Gus was excellent. Took time to answer everyone's questions, even difficult customers. Trip was long,
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elizabethjK5105FF
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Panama full transit tour
Very well organised from initial booking through pickup for the tour. Superb informative and approachable guide. Re
Inspiration746797
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Panama Canal transit tour
It was a great opportunity to go through the canal. Once in the lifetime.. But we were not able to enjoy it. The bo
scousepirate56
scousepirate56
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A truly memorable day out...
What a memorable day out! I had transmitted the canal many times during my time at sea with the British Merchant Na
KimP189
KimP189
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Worth it!
This is a seriously long day. I was one of the last to be picked up at my hotel, at 4:30 am! and was dropped off a
DMHKH
DMHKH
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Highly Recommend
We went on the full day tour of the canal & the locks & we absolutely amazed at the engineering marvel. It was ever
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