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Jan 14, 2020 - Panama Canal

One of the world's greatest human-made marvels, the Panama Canal stretches 51 miles from Panama City on the Pacific side to Colon on the Atlantic side, cutting right through the continental divide. A very large number of vessels pass through each year. Each one paying up to $3 to $4 hundred thousand dollars a trip. The canal has three sets of double locks: Miraflores and Pedro Miguel on the Pacific side and Gatun on the Atlantic. Between the locks, ships pass through a huge artificial lake, Lake Gatun, created by the Gatun Dam across the...

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Off to South America

Dec 4, 2018 - Colon, Panama

We woke up at 5:00 to do my 4 laps around the ship. I was there in time to see us approaching the entrance to the canal. We got to see the start of the old French attempt at the canal. After a quick breakfast, we return to the deck for pictures and watch the whole operation. We were given info to follow along with what was going on. It was fascinating. When we finished the three lift locks, we were 26 meters above sea level on Lake Gatun. Info says there was a river valley that crossed Panama that was dammed up and created this very large...

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Jun 15, 2014 - Panama Canal Imagination Cruise

Our FANTISTIC cruise thru the Panama Canal in Jan 2014. Wonderful time with friends, especially surprising them as we did. Also had to do a surprise of my own. Tamara's Birthday was during this cruise and I had to get her to 'Tea Time' for Tea and cookies, and a couple of surprises of my own. Everybody else knew about it but her. It was a great time by all. Pictures can also be found on Flickr. Pictures on Flichr

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Jan 10, 2014 - Panama Canal

Friday 10 January Day 10 Traversing the Panama Canal After a really rough night (our first) where it was dangerous even getting up in the night to cross 2 meters to get to the loo, we got to the Northern end of the Panama Canal at Christobal at six. It had calmed down by that time. John had taken a sea sickness pill before he went to bed and slept like a babe. We got up at seven to have our room service breakfast and we could already see the beginning of the Gatum locks at the beginning of the canal. Panama Canal was started by the French...

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Dec 4, 2013 - A Day of Wonder

4 DEC 13 – Panama Canal, Panama. Day 13 – Evening. We expected today to be the highlight of the cruise and we were not disappointed. The day began very early with an arrival in Panama Bay at 05:30 am, as promised. I was up by 5 and on deck by 05:20 – I wasn’t going to miss a moment! I found a very high perch right at the front of the ship and enjoyed the slow, quiet passage past the many anchored freighters, along with a few other hardy (no, not foolhardy!) souls, as the sky gradually lightened. Angela wanted to get up at 6, so I went back...

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Jul 19, 2013 - Trains, locks, and carpenter ants

The day didn’t start well. I was all stuffed up all night and got little sleep – I couldn’t breathe. Lots of pills and sprays did little but I finally drifted off only to wake at 5:15 to get ready for the day’s trip. Down to the lobby and got our boxed breakfast – a fruit cup, some graham crackers, and a can of sugar water with fruit flavoring… Jorge was there and we hopped in the car and made our way to the Panama Train Station. We waited around a bit for the place to open (there are only two trips a day – one to Colon and one back to...

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Feb 26, 2013 - Across The Isthmus

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND To make my writing go a little easier, I have copied some excerpts from the History chapter of the Lonely Planet – Panamá: Panama’s future forever changed from the moment that the world’s major powers learned that the isthmus of Panama was the narrowest point between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In 1846 Colombia signed a treaty permitting the US to construct a railway across the isthmus, though it also granted them free transit and the right to protect the railway with military force. At the height of the California...

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Dec 16, 2012 - Second Day at Sea

Sunday 12/16/12 “Man, Woman and Child” King Neptune visited the ship this morning! King Neptune is king of the deep, deep ocean and decides if we, the Polliwogs, should be allowed into his sea, the Pacific Ocean. We took an oath to stay true to the rules of his kingdom, some passengers were then anointed with ocean slime followed by a dip in the water, they were immediately accepted. Those of us who choose to bypass the slime and dip will have to prove ourselves daily. Later in the morning, as we passed through the equator, the ship’s...

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Dec 16, 2012 - First day at sea

Pacific Ocean Saturday 12/15/12 Cloudy, cloudy, cloudy. I’m on my way to the Equator and I’m freezing! The ship is kept very cold to freeze any and all germs and naughty viruses. I wish I was sitting with Ilene, my sister-in-law, wrapped in fleece. Today is our first, total day at sea. Roy is positive he has seen land – he would have been great working with Christopher Columbus. The lectures today were great; Charles Leavell on “Tropical Ecology”, Dr. Rocky Rohwedder “Ecotourism & Latin America”, William Webster the former Head of the CIA...

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Dec 15, 2012 - Panama Canal

Friday Dec. 14, 2012 Panama Canal The ship departed Colon last night around 8 pm. Our route took us back in the direction of Cartagena then out to sea. We then proceeded to zig zag throughout the night until it was our time to enter the Panama Canal. Apparently it is cheaper to burn diesel fossil fuel than it is to pay a docking fee At 6 am this morning we were aroused from our beds by a very loud “all call” from the ship’s deck informing us we were approaching the Panama Canal. We knew in advance it would be an early call…but it was...

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Dec 13, 2012 - Colon

12/13 in Colon Panama Using the iPad & free wifi, so I won't take time to edit. Awoke to smooth seas and lots of ships in sights we neared Colon. Some sprinkles & a few brief downpours before 9:00 am.Sincecolon is not a safe city, we just hung around the ship ,but did get off to go though some duty-free shops here at the wharf. Very cute buildings. Played 'exican train dominoes for a bit on ship & started watching a movie "Sparkle" on the ship til I heard about the wifi lat the wharf. Need trove on the ship in 45 minutes & the...

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Panama Canal Cruise

Mar 15, 2012 - at Colon, Panama; 15/0

120315-We are actually about 45 minutes or 20 miles south of Colon at the Radison Summit Hotel. Today we rode the bus to Panama City and then took a boat up the canal, thru the Miraflores and San Migeul locks and thru the canal cut, to Lake Gatun and then rode the bus back to our hotel and went swimming. We just got back from dinner. The food has been great. Tomorrow we see Indians and go to a resort on the pacific.

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