This was the highlight of the cruise. It was amazing to see the engineering involved and the efficiency of the canal operation. The continuous dialogue by the extremely well informed ports lecturer was very interesting and helpful as we traversed the canal into Gatun Lake.
AFter sailing back through the Canal we stopped at Cristobel which was really nothing more than a cavernous hangar for more peddlers to sell yet more wares. Having said that however, we did enjoy a performance by a troop of lovely costume clad Panamania ladies and gentlemen. The ladies really were beautiful in their intricated headresses and billowing skirts.