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Gatun Locks

Colon, Panama
+507 841-9360
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“cruise ship” (49 reviews)
“panama canal” (86 reviews)
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Colon, Panama
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+507 841-9360

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Observation area is closed so tour involved on the road over the top of the locks. No place to stop and watch. Saw lock gates from road. Not worth the effort.

Thank mike w
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely enjoying traversing these locks (in a small 12-cabin cruise ship (m/v Discovery). Got a close up view of just how everything works. The Panama Canal is quite an amazing accomplishment. Got to experience it to believe it.

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One planned highlight of our cruise was to passage through the Gatun locks of the Panama Canal. Our ship, Norwegian Star, passed thru the locks with just 2 feet to spare. These locks are an engineering marvel which are now over 100 years old. It...More

Thank George B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

unless you are seriously interested I would recommend a short visit here there is a visitors centre with film show, but little else. unfortunately there were no ships going through the new locks when we were there but were in the old locks although you...More

Thank pesue1
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Reviewed 13 March 2018

It's just amazing to travel through this engineering marvel. Don't pass up the chance to go through it.

Thank Brimsmith
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Reviewed 11 March 2018

Any document or article doesn't make justice to this amazing engineering wonder, you have to see it yourself! We were there with Holland America Line's Cruise Ship and had million dollar views to huge 200 metres/656 feet long and over 32 metres/106 feet wide vehicle...More

1  Thank Halkidis
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Reviewed 1 March 2018

Don't miss an opportunity of a lifetime to experience history. A vision turned into bringing the world of commerce and ease of travel to the world. It is certainly an engineering marvel. Seeing the locks in person and travelling through them with the assistance of...More

Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Went through these locks early one morning and had a terrific experience. Our ship was 106’ wide and the Canal is 110’ wide so we had 2’ clearance on either side. But the locomotives we were attached to kept our ship from ever touching.

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Reviewed 12 February 2018

Definitely an engineering marvel. Fantastic to see the ships go through here (and barely fit). Lots of great engineering went on here to make everything work. Suggest finding a documentary or book about the history before visiting, it will bring it into perspective. The Gatun...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

A must see. A bucket list check off for us. We woke up at 4 am to make sure we did not miss any of it.

Thank Melissa W
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David N
11 February 2018|
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Response from Randy T | Reviewed this property |
I too am not sure if old center is open for business. We were picked up by bus and our guide did mention the new visitor center. Unfortunately, it wasn't part of the tour.
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791cherylf
3 February 2018|
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Response from Dickson0202 | Reviewed this property |
Our tours were also through our cruise line but I just did a google search. There is a Robtad’s Panama Canal Tour that quickly popped up. I clicked the link and it took me to Trip Advisor with a lin’ to book the tour.
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Cruiser3256
20 December 2017|
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Response from GRAHAM C | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, We were on P&O Oceana and only did a partial transit through Gatun Locks. We anchored in the Lake , were tendered to our coaches that initially took us to the Gatun Lock tour HQ, then to the railway head where we... More
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