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

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

A mechanical man made wonder...genius

Dawn United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

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.

Janice C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

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.

Vickie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Great way to see the canal

Charles B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

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.

Renee S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Excellent tour. Highly informative. A great way to experience an engineering marvel, rather than just watching from the viewing gallery at the Locks.

Roy W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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.

Ethel J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Well organized, good commentary. Food ok. More fruit would be nice.

e bruce m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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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