Colon (Cristobal) Panama Canal Tour Excursion Reviews
THis was an excursion to the MInaflores locks, then to the Albrook MAll for shopping, before being dropped off at the airport. The canal and locks are amazing, Albrook is HUGE if you like shopping ( we were at the mall for about 3 hours) and the cost of the tour is comparable to a straight airport transfer. This tour only works if yof you have a late afternoon flight.
Also, be aware, at the airport, we had to go through 2 security checks, one as per usual on the way to the gate, and then another, complete with metal detector and bag screening, at the gate itself. It seems , however, that as flight time approaches and they have to get the plane loaded, this get check becomes more cursory, and the line moves much more quickly.
Must go thru to Pacific Ocean on smaller boat. Great experience!! Food on ferry - not good. Bring some food, long trip.
Took 9 hours.
Not enough food on the ferry.
The Men's toilet facilities were not acceptable.
Tour was just OK Colon is horrible Find another port
Panama Canal: Cruise ship transit through the Gatun Locks was awesome. Because this was just a partial transit, the cruise ship dropped anchor in Gatun Lake. You can only get off the ship onto a tender if you have booked a ship's excursion. At this point, we got off the ship on an excursion which would take us through the rest of the locks to the Pacific Ocean. After getting to shore on the tender, we boarded an air conditioned bus which took us to Gamboa. The bus ride was around an hour. In Gamboa, we boarded a smaller ferry. The ferry transported us across Gatun Lake and through both the Pedro Miguel and the Miraflores locks. We were able to see the new construction of the expanded locks, the Centennial Bridge, and the Bridge of the Americas by taking this tour. The ferry docked at the end of Panama City. Here we boarded an air conditioned bus which transported us back to Colon, Panama, which was about a 1.5 hour bus ride. The ship was docked close to the downtown and the main shopping areas in Colon.
Colon: The ship docked close to downtown late in the day. This was due to the fact that the ship had to go back through the Gatun Locks to the Caribbean, and to pick up the passengers that got off in Gatun Lake for excursions. (All excursions ended up in Colon). In this downtown area, there were numerous shops and restaurants.