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Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City

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Panamá, Panama
Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City

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Overview

You don't have to get on a cruise ship to pass through the Panama Canal. Aboard the Pacific Queen tourist boat, you'll travel through two locks on the Panama Canal. Experience the sensation of rising and lowering through the locks and to see this engineering marvel at work. Onboard commentary explains the history and importance of the Panama Canal.
  • Pass through the Panama Canal without getting on a cruise ship
  • Feel what it's like to rise and lower through a canal lock
  • Pass under the Bridge of the Americas
  • Views of the Panama City skyline from the marina
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Lunch
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Amador Causeway , Calz. de Amador, Panamá, Panama

Last iisland on the causeway, Office is at the entrance of Felipe Motta

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Panama Travel Corp
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City.
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What is the social distancing policy during Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Panama Canal Partial Transit Tour from Panama City.

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star-5
Enjoyable Tour
Wendy_T
, Jun 2022
Wonderful Tour. A lifetime experience with my mother and best friend. The tour guide spoke in several languages that made it so interesting to all. Awesome!
star-4
Good bang for your buck.
Duncan_H
, Feb 2020
This was a very informative tour. Gus, the tour narrator had many stories and was very knowledgeable about the history of the canal de Panama. Lunch was just ok, not great but I didn’t leave hungry. The sound system on the boat was excellent, very clear, it could be heard on all levels. The itself was modern and clean.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
The food is a buffet style so it can accommodate all taste buds we can not serve gourmet food. Gus is always on top of his game and kmows the canal operations for 20 years. We are delighted that you enjoy the day with us.
star-1
Worst day in Panama!
Go761252
, Feb 2019
We arrived at 8am for a half day partial transit of the Canal. Waited 6 hours before getting on a boat at 2-2:30 and arrived back in Panama at 8:30pm. Twelve + hours! No info or explanations given all day. Guide on the boat was good. Food ok. Lack of information unacceptable!
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star-1
This tour was very poorly executed...
Karen T
, May 2017
This tour was very poorly executed. It started with a long wait for the initial bus ride to Gamboa. The long wait was outside an office which was difficult to find in the first place without someone providing instructions. There was no customer service at all. Just a long wait. We were finally boarded a bus to go to Gamboa, where we would board the tour boat. We arrived at Gamboa after an hour bus ride, only to wait almost an hour again on the bus before we could get on the boat. The tour guide who accompanied us on one of the busses to Gamboa and would also be the guide for the boat tour was not friendly. He tried to be funny, but his humor was aggressive and very unwelcoming. When we finally made it on the boat, we were told that there would be drinks, snacks, and a lunch buffet during the tour of the canal. It was a strange arrangement because some of the passengers received individual service while the rest of us were left to fend for ourselves. The cold drinks were fine once we found them: bottled water and sodas. I am not sure about the snacks we never managed to find any. The buffet lunch was terrible in taste and presentation, and there were not enough tables for everyone to sit at to eat. Most people just carried around their paper plate of tasteless food. The long waits did not end on the bus either. At each of the two locks we had to wait a long long time before we could move ahead. I understand that this is the nature of travel on the canal. However, there was literally nothing to do while we were waiting for the lock gates to open. People were reading novels, sleeping, getting extremely restless because of the long delays. It seems that there could have been activities, entertainment, or at least pleasant Latin music playing. The only think we got was a grumpy guide and American music from the 70s and 80s. When we finally reached the end of the tour and the guide was saying goodbye, there was no applause for the guide or for the experience. Just sighs of relief that the ordeal was over. We all shuffled off the boat, with some having to wait once again for the busses to take them back to their hotels. Hotel pick-up was not part of my tour package not sure why, but I was relieved just to head out and grab a taxi back to the hotel WITHOUT any more waiting. We had already arrived nearly two hours later than the scheduled arrival time. The canal itself was fascinating. Having an opportunity to travel through the canal is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This tour should have been one of the highlights of my trip to Panama. However, because of the way the tour was handled it was a low point of an otherwise fantastic trip to Panama. The cost of the tour was 185 per person. In my opinion, although seeing the canal was great, this tour was definitely not worth the price.
star-5
This tour has been on my bucket list...
Mary P
, Mar 2017
This tour has been on my bucket list forever and it was all I could ever hope for! Our tour guide was awesome! He explained the history of the Canal, Panama, and the surrounding areas. The boat was comfortable with lots of room to move around and take pictures or look over the rails to see the action. The food was fine - not excellent - but definitely eatable!! We went to the Miraflores Visitor Center the day before to get the full understanding of the Canal also highly recommend doing this if you can but experiencing the operation of the Canal firsthand in a boat going through was outstanding and well worth the tour price.
star-5
A very good tour with lots of...
Tony K
, Feb 2017
A very good tour with lots of knowledge added. An early morning sailing. Commentary from the on board ship tour guide were excellent and funny at times but made the trip worth while. The food was good but easy to eat too much. Plenty of drinks of water or soda. Had visited the canal visitor center before which helped but this trip made it real for the canal crossing procedure and how it was built and functions.

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