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Address: Colon, Panama
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Robtad's Tours Colon is the only way to go

Roberto at Robtad's made our dream come true - an amazing tour and he got us access to the PC Control Room!

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jane C
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Fort Myers, Florida

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Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Roberto at Robtad's made our dream come true - an amazing tour and he got us access to the PC Control Room!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Panama Canal is truly amazing. The history of the construction of the canal more than 100 years ago is one of sacrifice, hard labor, truly amazing engineering and gr eat foresight. We were on the Coral Princess and made a partial transit through the Gatun Locks from the Atlantic Ocean to Gatun Lake. It was truly breathtaking to enter... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I have cruised through the locks before on one of our world cruises but this time the ship stopped to let people off who were booked on trips. The first part of our trip was the Gatun Locks. We were so excited as we had seen the transit from on a ship but it was extra special... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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The Locks, both old and new, are an amazing site to see. We have been to both the old and new locks and seen ships pass through both. It is extremely fascinating to see.

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Gumbet, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This has to be one of the greatest feat of engineering I'll ever see , amazing to see the size of the ships that pass through some seem to be touching the sides but somehow ease through. Takes about 3 hrs to get through so don't be expecting a rushed time of it . When you get through into gaton... More 

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Brookville, Ohio
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One planned highlight of our cruise was to be passage thru the Gatun locks of the Panama Canal. Our ship, Coral Princess, passed thru the locks with just 2 feet to spare. The locks are an engineering marvel even at 100 years old. One of the modern wonders of the world... it takes about 90 minutes to pass thru the... More 

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Ocean City, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Get onto the canal and go thru the locks, preferably from one ocean to the other. Tour guides are informative about the canal as well as Panama.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did this tour as part of a cruise excursion. We had read many reviews from people who did the whole Panama Canal tour only to be disappointed in what they saw and time they felt they wasted. If you are short on time, or want to make sure you see other parts of Panama this is likely the tour... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having just visited the new (2012) Three Gorges Dam in China last year, it was really cool to see this historic locks system that really set the standard for canal locks in its time. It was well worth waking up at an ungodly hour to see our cruise ship enter the locks with literally a few feet clearance, then rise... More 

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Like many others, this was a once in a lifetime experience (on a cruise ship) that we dreamed of doing. While not as exciting as skydiving or bungee jumping, which isn't for everybody, learning about the history and engineering behind the canal and then going through the locks still gave me goosebumps. It was also amazing to see the bridge... More 

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