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  • Location:Panama City, Panama
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

Take a partial transit cruise on the Panama Canal and journey through the Miraflores Locks. Marvel at this incredible feat of engineering as your ship is raised up to 54 feet (16 meters), enabling Pedro Miguel's lake to fill the chambers where the vessel is locked. With this 6-hour day trip, you’ll see Panama City sights and travel along Amador Causeway during the drive from your hotel. 


  • Panama Canal partial sightseeing cruise
  • Enjoy the opportunity to cruise down the Panama Canal
  • Travel through the famous Miraflores Locks
  • Great tour for history and engineering buffs
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

This partial transit cruise through the Miraflores Locks takes you into one of three lock systems used along the Panama Canal — an experience not to be missed! The canal’s construction is considered one of the largest and most challenging engineering projects ever undertaken before it was opened in 1914, enabling efficient passage between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

After hotel pickup in the morning, you’ll travel toward La Playita pier on an approximate 1.5-hour drive through Panama City. Journey along the Amador Causeway (Calzada de Amador), a man-made network of four small islands near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. Enjoy breathtaking views of the canal and Panama City skyline before boarding your vessel.

Cruise for approximately 60 minutes along the Panama Canal until reaching the Miraflores Locks. Depending on the number of boats present on your date of travel, you'll most likely have to wait a short while before it’s your ship’s turn inside the locks, but the scene before you is worth it. Enjoy great photo ops as you watch vessels traveling through Miraflores.

You’ll be amazed as your ship is raised up to 54 feet in a two-step process while water from the lake fills the lock’s chambers. Once the process is finished, continue cruising to the Pedro Miguel Locks before arriving at the Gamboa pier. 

Here, disembark to re-board the coach for the return transfer to your Panama City hotel.

Please note: A minimum of two people per booking is required.

Customer Reviews

Carolyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and provided a lot of very interesting information. The cruise was relaxing and educational -- and there was plenty of food.

Marilyn L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The English speaking guide was the best. He had played football for the Washington Redskins so we could understand him so well. He answered every question and handled the 150 people very well. We felt safe at all times. The schedule was just right for a one day short tour. Two locks were plenty to get the feel of how it all works. I would always prefer this to a cruise line.

Bob United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Outstanding experience! We brought our ailing father for a 'bucket list' item. Everyone was so very helpful from the moment we arrived and we had a wonderful time.

Omaira C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise was an amazing experience, it was well organized, the lunch was good, the drivers were on time for our pick ups! Perla was great, she was very friendly, nice and knowledgeable. great job guys! I will book with you again.

Jane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We were treated well with hotel pick-up and drop-off. Plenty of drinks and food included in the price. Knowledgeable tour director. No stress.

Douglas P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

Jessica M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our trip through the canal was wonderful. We were on a yacht that was originally commissioned by J.P. Morgan. Our guide J.C. was really knowledgeable and entertaining. It is something we will always remember.

Barbara K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Exceded all our expectations. Great guide, perfect seating. Highly recommend.

Vedpal R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Excellent service my wife had to cancel the trip because her mother passed away but I had to continue the trip ,couldn't get a flight out of panama , at the tour boat food was good service was execellent would not hesitate recommending Viator to any one . Nice of Viator to refund 100% of my wife's ticket money didn't expect that . Thank you all once again looking forward to book with you again .

Diane H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Amazing experience on the boat. Elmer the guide was very informative, helpful and so enthusiastic. Food was good and staff all helpful. Could be better organised for transport before and after the trip. A must.

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