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It was an adventure for sure. They promptly picked us up at the time they said. They even were able to accommodate and pick us up at our hotel and saved us some walking to one of the hotels on the list. I called the day before to see if they would not mind picking us up to save us some walking to a different hotel, and it was not a problem! I will say, be prepared for some wait time, and this is not due to the tour group, it is due to the canal schedule. We did have a couple of hours to spend waiting to board our boat, but once we were under way it was exciting for sure. The tour guide was very knowledgeable, we all learned so much about the canal. After the tour was over, they dropped us back off at our hotel. We were gone from 9am until about 9pm, but we did not mind we thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
The partial transit was very interesting. The guide provided lots of information about the Canal. On board there was plenty of food and drink available. As the boat was not full, we had plenty of room to move about. A great day.
We booked the partial transit because we couldn’t see how to do a complete transit and get back to our hotel in Panama City. The partial was great. We had a knowledgeable, entertaining guide, Gus, who told us far more than we could remember about the history, economics, and population of the region
Great way to see the canal
This is all you need to appreciate the Canal. Pickup was early, driver great, took us to the correct location, and returned us promptly. Along the way, he pointed out spots in Panama City, an absolutely stunning city, to see. The tour took a little longer, due to the Canal bureaucracy, saw the Canal operation as well as the operation of the container terminals. Food was unimpressive, though not bad. The guide/host was informative, occasionally funny, and constantly moving around the boat to answer questions. Crew was very accommodating.
Excellent tour. Highly informative. A great way to experience an engineering marvel, rather than just watching from the viewing gallery at the Locks.
I really enjoyed this tour. The tour company called me at my hotel the afternoon before my scheduled tour day. Next morning, about twenty minutes late, a large bus stopped in front of the hotel. Here we go! The bus continued making many stops at various hotels until finally we were on our way to the waterfront.
Once near the water we turned in our tickets in exchange for wrist bands. Shortly thereafter, we boarded the boat. There were many different groups aboard the boat, including a large French contingent with their own guide.
Aboard the boat, there were cold drinks, coffee, water and a continuous buffet of breakfast and lunch. The food was fine.
Our guide was a charismatic Panamean well versed in the history, legends and lores of the Canal and Panama in general.
In all, we went through three locks and ended our boat ride in Lake Gatun, about 17 miles into the 50 mile canal. I didn't time it, however, I think we were on the water 41/2 to 5 hours.
We once again boarded the bus and returned to Panama City. I arrived back in my room at about 3pm. Total time was about eight hours.
Very enjoyable experience and I'd do it again with the same company.
Well organized, good commentary. Food ok. More fruit would be nice.
It was great! We were picked up at the hotel and driven up to get our ship. Nice slow trip up the canal and through the locks. JP was the tour guide and he gave us information the whole way. We had a very good lunch on board. The bus met us at the end and as luck would have it two of the people on the tour were in the French Quarters so we even had a ride through there on our way to our hotel. A very full afternoon and very enjoyable.
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