Colon (Cristobal) was the starting point for our cruise through the Panama Canal. This was spectacular. We boarded a ferry with about 300 people, and started our trip through the Gatun locks and the Miraflores locks. The commentator was quite good, and explained all about the history of the Canal, when and how it was built, what it costs to go through it, how it operates today, etc. We passed several of the large cruise ships going through the canal. On the ferry, you got a whole different perspective. You could actually touch the wall of the locks as the boat was going through it, and watch it close behind you. Amazing! They did serve us a nice lunch on board, with soft drinks. When we disembarked the ferry, the buses were there waiting to take us back to the ship. There is a beautiful new bridge over the canal which took us back to the Atlantic Ocean.