Colon (Cristobal) Panama Railway Excursion Reviews

Take a ride on the refurbished Panama Railway from the Pacific to the Atlantic. It rides parallel to the infamous Canal, and offers a great view in luxuriously paneled railway cars.
Would have been a 5 except for the unlisted and unnecessary 2 hour detour to visit a duty free shop ...
Sail Date: March 2019
Would have been a 5 except for the unlisted and unnecessary 2 hour detour to visit a duty free shop no one wanted to see.
Would have been a 5 except for the unlisted and unnecessary 2 hour detour to visit a duty free shop no one wanted to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We took the dome car train excursion, this was average, seating is not good for people with ...
Sail Date: March 2019
We took the dome car train excursion, this was average, seating is not good for people with mobility problems. It goes past the male prison, which is not a good sight, as they all come out to display themselves in different manners to ... Read More
We took the dome car train excursion, this was average, seating is not good for people with mobility problems. It goes past the male prison, which is not a good sight, as they all come out to display themselves in different manners to everybody on the train. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Visited new lock visitor centre and then took observation car on train to panama city.
Sail Date: March 2019
Visited new lock visitor centre and then took observation car on train to panama city. Highly interesting! Included tour of panama city by bus
Visited new lock visitor centre and then took observation car on train to panama city. Highly interesting! Included tour of panama city by bus Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We enjoyed seeing the Gatun Locks and railway back to the ship.
Sail Date: February 2019
We enjoyed seeing the Gatun Locks and railway back to the ship. Still, once you visited the locks, you don't need to go again.
We enjoyed seeing the Gatun Locks and railway back to the ship. Still, once you visited the locks, you don't need to go again. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Colon is once of the worst ports we have ever been to - very run down, dark and scary - but as the ...
Sail Date: January 2019
Colon is once of the worst ports we have ever been to - very run down, dark and scary - but as the gateway to the Railway it was well-worth a call. The railway runs alongside the canal for most of its c.50 mile journey with great views of ... Read More
Colon is once of the worst ports we have ever been to - very run down, dark and scary - but as the gateway to the Railway it was well-worth a call. The railway runs alongside the canal for most of its c.50 mile journey with great views of the ships and wildlife. The journey was a on a heritage 1950's style US train with lots of refreshments included. each coach had an end balcony so you could get outside for photo's of the lovely scenery. We were delayed en route which added to the fun but meant that we saw a lot of Panama City in the dark! Maybe the tour could be shortened in these circumstances as there is no value in doing this. But it was the trip of the cruise Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Tour of Agua Clara Locks, Bus trip to Panama City, Panama Railroad Trip
Sail Date: January 2019
Tour of Agua Clara Locks, Bus trip to Panama City, Panama Railroad Trip
Tour of Agua Clara Locks, Bus trip to Panama City, Panama Railroad Trip Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Brilliant trip which included the Bubble train to Panama then Coach back stopping at one of the ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Brilliant trip which included the Bubble train to Panama then Coach back stopping at one of the magnificent locks. Well worth doing
Brilliant trip which included the Bubble train to Panama then Coach back stopping at one of the magnificent locks. Well worth doing Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Marella Cruises (formerly Thomson Cruises)
Daniel our guide was excellent.
Sail Date: April 2018
Daniel our guide was excellent. From the beginning bus ride to the train station and then on the train we learned so much about the Panama Canal and Panama. If you love trains take this one.
Daniel our guide was excellent. From the beginning bus ride to the train station and then on the train we learned so much about the Panama Canal and Panama. If you love trains take this one. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Bus portion featured visitors center on Carib side, then train ride to Panama City.
Sail Date: February 2018
Bus portion featured visitors center on Carib side, then train ride to Panama City. Ship was late getting back through the locks. Bus takes you back to Colonl, so tour guide gave us about an extra 90 minutes touring through Panama City ... Read More
Bus portion featured visitors center on Carib side, then train ride to Panama City. Ship was late getting back through the locks. Bus takes you back to Colonl, so tour guide gave us about an extra 90 minutes touring through Panama City before returning. Pier at Colon is about 6 feet higher than normal, and with about 2000 people descending on one available entryway some tempers were frayed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Not worth the money.
Sail Date: February 2018
Not worth the money. Boring
Not worth the money. Boring Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Dome car was stifling with no air conditioning and no room for legs under the table shared with two ...
Sail Date: February 2018
Dome car was stifling with no air conditioning and no room for legs under the table shared with two other people and paid extra for. Tour cut short because the train was used to transport workers at the canal home, so cut out part of the ... Read More
Dome car was stifling with no air conditioning and no room for legs under the table shared with two other people and paid extra for. Tour cut short because the train was used to transport workers at the canal home, so cut out part of the time at the visitor center. The drive across the new locks with the super tanker coming in was the best part! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
We had just traveled through the canal on a re-positioning cruise so this was a great way to see ...
Sail Date: February 2018
We had just traveled through the canal on a re-positioning cruise so this was a great way to see the canal from land. It was a real treat with great railroad and equipment.
We had just traveled through the canal on a re-positioning cruise so this was a great way to see the canal from land. It was a real treat with great railroad and equipment. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
The doomed rail car to the Miraflores Locks was worth the cost and time involved.
Sail Date: December 2017
The doomed rail car to the Miraflores Locks was worth the cost and time involved. It was a long day, but we got a lot of information about the canal, what happened when the Americans turned it over, and a great trip thru the rain forest.
The doomed rail car to the Miraflores Locks was worth the cost and time involved. It was a long day, but we got a lot of information about the canal, what happened when the Americans turned it over, and a great trip thru the rain forest. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
We booked "Two seas by railway".
Sail Date: March 2017
We booked "Two seas by railway". The train part was a waste of money. We spent the majority of the trip on a bus. LONG day. We did go to Gatun Locks and that was cool.
We booked "Two seas by railway". The train part was a waste of money. We spent the majority of the trip on a bus. LONG day. We did go to Gatun Locks and that was cool. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Traversing the canal was a life time dream.
Sail Date: January 2017
Traversing the canal was a life time dream. Beautiful testimony to the perseverance of man-made structures. The Domed Panama Railway was also fun. Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. Little scary when we returned to the boat and ... Read More
Traversing the canal was a life time dream. Beautiful testimony to the perseverance of man-made structures. The Domed Panama Railway was also fun. Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. Little scary when we returned to the boat and the Panama President was speaking with armed guards everywhere! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The train ride did not worth the money, avoid.
Sail Date: December 2016
The train ride did not worth the money, avoid.
The train ride did not worth the money, avoid. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very interesting tour and enjoyable train ride.
Sail Date: December 2016
Very interesting tour and enjoyable train ride. Took a bus to Panama City, then a train to Colon. There are restrooms on the train.
Very interesting tour and enjoyable train ride. Took a bus to Panama City, then a train to Colon. There are restrooms on the train. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
We saw the locks close up and went to the Pacific side by bus.
Sail Date: December 2016
We saw the locks close up and went to the Pacific side by bus. We saw Panama City and returned to Colon on the Panama Railway. Great day.
We saw the locks close up and went to the Pacific side by bus. We saw Panama City and returned to Colon on the Panama Railway. Great day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
too much shopping time in Panama City.
Sail Date: November 2016
too much shopping time in Panama City. Why not go to one of the malls it there must be shopping. Train ride was good. Guide talked all the time and I got tired of hearing repeated stories and specious stories and "facts."
too much shopping time in Panama City. Why not go to one of the malls it there must be shopping. Train ride was good. Guide talked all the time and I got tired of hearing repeated stories and specious stories and "facts." Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Although we didn't see any wildlife ...
Sail Date: November 2015
Although we didn't see any wildlife ... this excursion was very relaxing and the best part was being able to actually visit & view the locks from above! Our guide was funny & the train was comfy & informative - we were ... Read More
Although we didn't see any wildlife ... this excursion was very relaxing and the best part was being able to actually visit & view the locks from above! Our guide was funny & the train was comfy & informative - we were glad to see different terrains! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Very boring and overpriced.
Sail Date: September 2015
Very boring and overpriced. The train broke down for an hour on the way back, making it impossible to do any shopping. The train ride itself was fine except that it basically travels through barren areas of jungle. Occasionally you ... Read More
Very boring and overpriced. The train broke down for an hour on the way back, making it impossible to do any shopping. The train ride itself was fine except that it basically travels through barren areas of jungle. Occasionally you would pass close to the Panama Canal, but most of the time it was through the middle of nowhere. Colon itself is a very run down city. The port shopping area looks nice but we never got to see it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Panama Canal Railroad Journey by train and bus.
Sail Date: December 2014
Panama Canal Railroad Journey by train and bus. Glad we signed up for this instead of the same trip by dome car which was more expensive but we saw the same things and also got to walk into the dome car to see what those views were. We ... Read More
Panama Canal Railroad Journey by train and bus. Glad we signed up for this instead of the same trip by dome car which was more expensive but we saw the same things and also got to walk into the dome car to see what those views were. We passed through the Gatun Locks and saw many of the sights like the causeway, the former US military base and the new parallel canal that is being constructed. We then transferred from the train to the bus. Everything including the modest lunch was well organized. I think in this port there are lots of options but if you have never experienced the Panama Canal take one of the tours it is well worth it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great train ride from coast to coast.
Sail Date: March 2013
Great train ride from coast to coast. Train was air conditioned and you could purchase refreshments at reasonable prices. Train paralleled the Canal. Few can say they traveled from the Carribean Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and back in the ... Read More
Great train ride from coast to coast. Train was air conditioned and you could purchase refreshments at reasonable prices. Train paralleled the Canal. Few can say they traveled from the Carribean Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and back in the same day. We also had a short bus ride in Panama City and saw the Bridge of the Americas. Did pass a prison that was in the jungle and were told this was where Manual Noriega is housed. Great tour guide. Very knowledgeable and informative Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Good guide, nice ride.
Sail Date: February 2013
Good guide, nice ride. Not a lot to see, but train buffs enjoyed it.
Good guide, nice ride. Not a lot to see, but train buffs enjoyed it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Great tour, but tour guide (Ada) could have been better.
Sail Date: February 2013
Great tour, but tour guide (Ada) could have been better. Her English was minimal. She could be a good tour guide, but needs quite a bit more practice.
Great tour, but tour guide (Ada) could have been better. Her English was minimal. She could be a good tour guide, but needs quite a bit more practice. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises