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Gatun Locks

Colon, Panama
+507 841-9360
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Colon, Panama
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"cruise ship"
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"panama canal"
in 86 reviews
"engineering marvel"
in 17 reviews
"visitor center"
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"large ships"
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"whole process"
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"viewing platform"
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"an experience not to be missed"
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"amazing sight"
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"panamax ships"
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"once in a lifetime"
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"under construction"
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"ships passing"
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"bucket list"
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"the atlantic ocean"
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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

Thank dbinhou7511
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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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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most amazing engineering marvels on this earth! It was fascinating to watch all of the ships being raised and lowered in the locks. The first day we just watched the activity and the next day we transited through and both...More

Thank Canadian_Hoser
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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

We visited Gatun locks, the old ones, three years ago prior to transiting the Canal in our boat. Here we are back again three years later. The new locks are pretty amazing, huge. The feat of engineering for the original locks is impressive, but the...More

Thank John D
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

All kind of vessels traffic here. It is simply impressive to observe this work of human ingenuity, to avoid the typography of the place, to have a way of access from one ocean to the other.

Thank Diego V
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Reviewed 12 January 2018 via mobile

We were booked on an 11 day Panama Canal Caribbean Cruise. Getting up super early to watch as we headed into the Gatun Locks was for me the highlight of the trip. 10 years to build. Original doors to open and close the locks still...More

1  Thank Dickson0202
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Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

The engineering of the three chambers locks that raise our ship to the Gatun Lake 26 meters above sea level is genius and the lowering down to reach the sea level is a must see this part was the top of our cruise Zuiderdum

Thank Mostafa A
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

I've been through these locks in: 1969 (with the Army Special Forces), and again in 2009 on a cruise ship. It's an impressive experience! We saw the new /widened canal (under construction) during our cruise - there near the Pan American Bridge (which is gorgeous!),...More

Thank DrFUNGary
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

On our cruise with HAL we traveled through the Panama Canal Gatun Locks and then cruised Gatun Lake before traveling back through the locks and continuing our journey. The whole process was very interesting and we were able to watch ships in front, back and...More

Thank Page1977
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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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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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