Panama Canal & Locks Transit by Boat

PA6-615 | Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City) | See Special Notes

from $149.95*

*Price displayed in US Dollars unless otherwise noted; excursions priced in other currencies may be available on select voyages only. Prices are based on the amount Princess typically charges for each excursion, but your price may vary by voyage date and departure time.

Tour at a Glance

You will visit:

  • Panama Canal Transit Panama Canal Transit
  • Cruise Gatun Lake Cruise Gatun Lake

You will see:

  • Canal Locks Canal Locks
  • Panama Canal Expansion Panama Canal Expansion
  • Panama Canal Expansion

Easy Includes meal

Excursion Length:
Approx. 6 hours

Tour Overview

Your air-conditioned transportation from port brings you to the La Playita marina where a boat awaits to take you on your Panama Canal adventure. Once you are comfortably seated, you'll proceed to the Pacific entrance of the canal. Your guided tour includes a buffet style lunch. The Panama Canal opened to the world in 1914, fulfilling a dream over 400 years in the making. Over one million ships have passed through the waterway system, known as locks, and it is one of the world's most vital trade routes.

As your boat enters the Miraflores Locks, you're immediately struck by its massive size and simplistic operations. Miraflores Locks are the first system encountered by ships when they enter from the Pacific side. They are the tallest of all three locks, due to the extreme fluctuation of the Pacific Ocean tides. The chambers are 1,000 feet in length. When your boat is inside, you will have the awesome experience of being raised 56 feet. Unbelievably, 26 million gallons of water are transferred in approximately 7 minutes. Once the gates open you'll sail into Miraflores Lake and proceed to the Pedro Miguel Locks. This time you are raised 28 feet to enter Gatun Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in the word. The scenery is magnificent and the flora and fauna are an intricate part of the canal's history and ecosystem.

Your boat crosses the Continental Divide and travels through the Gaillard Cut, the most challenging section of the canal to build. This artificial valley is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. Over 6,000 men worked on the project. The scale was huge and tons of dynamite was needed every day to blast through the rock, with dangerous landslides a constant threat. As you pass through the cut, you will see the continuing excavation that keeps this passage open.

The water portion of the tour concludes at the headquarters of the Panama Canal dredging division in Gamboa, home to some of the largest floating cranes in the world. After leaving your ferry, board your bus for the drive back to the ship, which includes traveling along the Amador Causeway.

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Detailed itinerary

Tour timeline may vary to avoid overcrowding, etc.

Special Notes


Time on the boat is approximately 4 hours. Rest rooms are not wheelchair accessible. A traditional buffet is served during the voyage. The type of boat used depends on the number of participants and may not necessarily be as pictured. Tour duration varies. Canal transits are scheduled and controlled by the Panama Canal Authority.

Child Price:

12 & under reduced

Number of Steps/Walking Distance:

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Wheelchair Accessibility:

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Camera/Video Restrictions:

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