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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

Fluvia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great experience, a must in Panama!

Guy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

All perfect from pickup at hotel to the return to hotel!

Mary Ann M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was an amazing trip. JC our guide was so knowledgeable. We loved it.

Lawrence V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

logistically, the trip was executed perfectly from hotel pickup to hotel drop off. They called the hotel the day before to confirm pickup time ranges Panama City traffic is bad in the AM. Well done! Took a bus to Gamboa, about 45 minutes and boarded the ship. A note of caution, no pictures are allowed from outside the ship in this area.

The ship itself is historic as it was commissioned in 1912 by JP Morgan and later owned by Al Capone. During it's lifetime it has been chartered by many celebrities, John Wayne and Steve McQueen are a few. It also holds the record for canal passages. Every time it makes the transit there is a new record.

The trip from the boat is great. Our guide was extraordinarily knowledgable about the canal and the boat itself. If you listen and want to hear some fascinating stories, this is the trip for you.

Make sure to get a picture touching the wall of the canal inside the locks. There are tlles with depth indicators - look for them and snap away.

On the downside, the trip can be longer than anticipated. Since our boat is not huge, it has to wait for a large ship to come to make the usage of water worthwhile to operate the locks. The tour does time this as lock appointments are scheduled and paid for 48 hours in advance. This is one of the reasons the departure times vary. Every tour is different in that. Way.

Allow extra time and enjoy the trip. It is a worthwhile usage of a day. Remember tips for the guide, the crew and your bus driver.


Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had an awesome experience on the Panama Canal - went through 3 locks! The tour guide did a fantastic job! Once in a lifetime experience!

Kathleen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The partial transit tour was great. JC was a great tour guide. One problem was our bus was late and we were the last group to get on the boat and so we got the only seating that was left which were lightweight aluminum deck chairs that were not secured. It was a little scary a couple of times when the boat lurched and the chairs tipped. Since most everybody was 70 years old or older this could've been a disaster if the chairs had tipped over. Some of the people already on the boat seem to be getting more attention and better service than our group and we couldn't understand the reason for that but it was still a great day. Would highly recommend the tour.

Glenn P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

If you go to Panama you have to go through the canal. It is somewhat long and while pretty it is one thing that lasts 4-5 or so hours. Our guide he's been doing it for 12 years so probably the one everyone gets is REALLY good: knows all there is to know, fluent English, very entertaining. Food is so so, but it's boat food. Bus was late picking us up seems to be the main negative but they claim it was other passengers so if reading please be on time.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour guide was great. So much good information. Food- not a highlight.

JmanX27 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Great tour!

Siobhan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This is a must do once in Panama. Great value for money. Host was very informative and entertaining.

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