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

Best Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

See for yourself how the Panama Canal works as you transit the Miraflores Locks, one of three locks used along the canal. The construction of the canal was one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken at the time, and it made an enormous impact on shipping in the region. This is an amazing sightseeing cruise not to be missed!


  • 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

Best Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

Panama Canal Partial Transit Sightseeing Cruise

You'll be picked up from your hotel at approximately 8am and head towards the La Playita pier. Along the way, you'll drive through both the old and modern areas of Panama City along the Amador Causeway, arriving at the pier to board the vessel at 9:30am.

Enjoy an approximate 60-minute scenic sightseeing cruise along the Panama Canal until reaching the famous 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 cruising inside the locks. The wait is absolutely worth it, so relax and enjoy the scenery until it’s your turn!

When going through the Miraflores Locks, your ship is raised up to 54 feet (16 meters) in a two-step process. This activity is achieved by sending water from Pedro Miguel's lake to fill the chambers where the ship is locked. Once the process is finished, you'll continue cruising to the Pedro Miguel Locks before arriving at the Gamboa pier, where you'll jump back into the coach for the return transfer to your Panama City hotel.

Customer Reviews

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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.

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

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

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 .

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was a great experience and as we were on the Isla Maodre, a small boat, we were able to see as the water went up and down while in the locks.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

I found the cruise to be absolutely awesome . I had seen bring a book . but getting fed the wonderful meals going through the canal was such a wonderful experience I would rate this tour a five star

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