Colon (Cristobal) Gatun Locks Excursion Reviews

Take a trip through the famous and extremely interesting Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal to see how ships uniquely pass through -- you will be amazed!
tour took over 12 hours, most of which was on a bus ride.
Sail Date: December 2018
tour took over 12 hours, most of which was on a bus ride. Tour guide was not very fluent in English so listening to her for 4-5 hours was annoying. Cruise line needs to be more accurate on description/duration of this excursion
tour took over 12 hours, most of which was on a bus ride. Tour guide was not very fluent in English so listening to her for 4-5 hours was annoying. Cruise line needs to be more accurate on description/duration of this excursion Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Took us to locks and by new bridge.
Sail Date: November 2018
Took us to locks and by new bridge. Showed us old army bases that US had once used. Very interesting to see what was, and what its been reduced to now. The depth of poverty in this town was heart breaking, knowing what the country brings ... Read More
Took us to locks and by new bridge. Showed us old army bases that US had once used. Very interesting to see what was, and what its been reduced to now. The depth of poverty in this town was heart breaking, knowing what the country brings in from canal revenue. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Good way to see the locks up close.
Sail Date: November 2018
Good way to see the locks up close.
Good way to see the locks up close. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
The locks are interesting, but Colon was not a great port.
Sail Date: March 2018
The locks are interesting, but Colon was not a great port.
The locks are interesting, but Colon was not a great port. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
2 hour bus ride to get to the ferry.
Sail Date: January 2018
2 hour bus ride to get to the ferry. Ferry captain was an hour late. Ride to the locks was long and boring. Excursion was 2 hours past last check in time for the ship.
2 hour bus ride to get to the ferry. Ferry captain was an hour late. Ride to the locks was long and boring. Excursion was 2 hours past last check in time for the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Excellent, extremely knowledgeable tour guide.
Sail Date: December 2017
Excellent, extremely knowledgeable tour guide. Everyone should go through the Panama Canal once in their lives. Be aware that this tour goes through the old Panama Canal and includes the Pedro Miguel (2nd lock) and the Miraflores (3rd ... Read More
Excellent, extremely knowledgeable tour guide. Everyone should go through the Panama Canal once in their lives. Be aware that this tour goes through the old Panama Canal and includes the Pedro Miguel (2nd lock) and the Miraflores (3rd lock). It takes a while to get to the embarkation point from the cruise ship. You will not go through the newer, wider "Panama Canal 2000" at all unless you take that shore excursion instead. And you must buy a shore excursion from the ship to see anything in Panama, not just the canal. And you have to choose between doing the canal and doing anything else in Panama because it's impossible to do both in 1 day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This tour went to BOTH the NEW and OLD locks on the canal and was very well organized.
Sail Date: January 2017
This tour went to BOTH the NEW and OLD locks on the canal and was very well organized.
This tour went to BOTH the NEW and OLD locks on the canal and was very well organized. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We did a ship tour here and it was slightly above average.
Sail Date: January 2017
We did a ship tour here and it was slightly above average. Nothing special about it. The operator was per functionary. The city was filthy, which we luckily didn't stay long in, but the fort and Gatun Locks were neat to see.
We did a ship tour here and it was slightly above average. Nothing special about it. The operator was per functionary. The city was filthy, which we luckily didn't stay long in, but the fort and Gatun Locks were neat to see. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
we had a private tour with Mario and our guide was incredible.
Sail Date: January 2017
we had a private tour with Mario and our guide was incredible. we first went to Gatun Locks, and spent about an hour there, then we went into the rain forest and even took a small walk. Our tour guide Alex was amazing. he was so ... Read More
we had a private tour with Mario and our guide was incredible. we first went to Gatun Locks, and spent about an hour there, then we went into the rain forest and even took a small walk. Our tour guide Alex was amazing. he was so knowledgable. Saw sloths, monkeys and birds. van was airconditioned too! last stop was Ft.San Lorenzo and our guide told us the history! would definitely recommend this to anyone. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A good view of how the ships are lifted up to the lake.
Sail Date: December 2016
A good view of how the ships are lifted up to the lake.
A good view of how the ships are lifted up to the lake. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great excursion.
Sail Date: December 2016
Great excursion. Enjoyed the tour guide.
Great excursion. Enjoyed the tour guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Gaton locks were fabulous.
Sail Date: December 2016
Gaton locks were fabulous. We had read a history of the Panama Canal and watched the shipboard lectures. Then to see it, WoW! It was awesome.
Gaton locks were fabulous. We had read a history of the Panama Canal and watched the shipboard lectures. Then to see it, WoW! It was awesome. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
This was what we had really been looking forward to.
Sail Date: December 2016
This was what we had really been looking forward to. The description in the brochure suggests that this is a 6 hour excursion. Our tickets said that the tour could range from 7 – 11 hours. Actual transit time is dependent on the ... Read More
This was what we had really been looking forward to. The description in the brochure suggests that this is a 6 hour excursion. Our tickets said that the tour could range from 7 – 11 hours. Actual transit time is dependent on the Panama Canal Authority. In fact, the Coral Princess departure from Panama was delayed because we were so late returning from this excursion. The bus trip from the tender departure to the Gatun Lake location where we boarded the ferry was longer than I expected. There were 7 busses that transported passengers to the ferry. The ferry was packed. Chairs were lined up in tight rows. You really didn’t have room to walk around to see different views of the canal. There was a mediocre lunch served on board. You had to go through a buffet line and return to your seat to eat. Bottom line, I’m glad to have seen the canal, but the day was long. The excursion description says that the return bus trip is 1 hour 15 minutes. It was much longer than that. Traffic in Panama City was terrible. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Went on a Robtad's tour with Roberto as our guide.
Sail Date: November 2016
Went on a Robtad's tour with Roberto as our guide. Very good tour of the locks and Roberto was an excellent guide. I do wish he had used the sound system on the bus instead of talking mid-way back ( maybe it was out of order). ... Read More
Went on a Robtad's tour with Roberto as our guide. Very good tour of the locks and Roberto was an excellent guide. I do wish he had used the sound system on the bus instead of talking mid-way back ( maybe it was out of order). Really enjoyed the old Gatun locks and got to see a complete cycle of a ship passing through. I will have a much better appreciation when we do a transit in the future. The new Agua Clara locks are interesting but a bit boring. They have a nice 30 min. film on the canal's history. Roberto had to get our Gatun tickets from a third party because the large tour companies a getting exclusive access to the tickets. That is a shame because the Gatun locks are definitely the main event; everyone should have access. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A 5-6 hour excursion to the old & new locks.
Sail Date: November 2016
A 5-6 hour excursion to the old & new locks. Fascinating! Thanks for an excellent tour Mike (Adventure 2000 Tours). This tour was just the right amount of time as we didn't fancy the length of time required for partial transit of ... Read More
A 5-6 hour excursion to the old & new locks. Fascinating! Thanks for an excellent tour Mike (Adventure 2000 Tours). This tour was just the right amount of time as we didn't fancy the length of time required for partial transit of the canal. We saw & learned so much! :) Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Just great we learned so much great history about the canal.
Sail Date: October 2016
Just great we learned so much great history about the canal.
Just great we learned so much great history about the canal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This was an eco-tour along with a tour of the Gatun Locks.
Sail Date: October 2016
This was an eco-tour along with a tour of the Gatun Locks. We started at the port and walked a few steps to a fully air-conditioned bus. Bus took us through the city of Colon (during rush hour) to a Melia hotel where we could use the ... Read More
This was an eco-tour along with a tour of the Gatun Locks. We started at the port and walked a few steps to a fully air-conditioned bus. Bus took us through the city of Colon (during rush hour) to a Melia hotel where we could use the restrooms before walking out past their beautiful pool and down several steps to their dock where an open air boat awaited us. We toured in a circle around the lake nearest the hotel. We were disappointed not to go out to the main lake of the canal to get to the Gatun Locks. We saw a sloth, monkeys and birds. No crocodiles. After an hour it was off the boat, back up the stairs, one more bathroom break and back on the bus for the short drive to the locks. We drove over the new bypass lock for the panamax ships (saw one in the top lock) to the visitor center for the Gaton Locks. It is a hike to get up the stairs but well worth it. The guide in the visitors center was very knowledgeable and we were fortunate to see 2 ships in the east bound locks (one on its way out and the other right in front of us) and 1 in the westbound lock. Stayed there about 45 minutes and then back over the new lock to the ship. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We had an excellent tour guide for this tour and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Sail Date: April 2016
We had an excellent tour guide for this tour and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Colon, though, was an education. What a desolate, poor, depressing city.
We had an excellent tour guide for this tour and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Colon, though, was an education. What a desolate, poor, depressing city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our guide was very Knowledgeable, we had time to look around on our own which is what we like, gave ...
Sail Date: April 2016
Our guide was very Knowledgeable, we had time to look around on our own which is what we like, gave us some insight of how the locks were built before we actually went through it. A good tour to get the history of this great wonder
Our guide was very Knowledgeable, we had time to look around on our own which is what we like, gave us some insight of how the locks were built before we actually went through it. A good tour to get the history of this great wonder Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Our excursion took us to the Gatun Locks and Fort San Lorenzo.
Sail Date: April 2016
Our excursion took us to the Gatun Locks and Fort San Lorenzo. We visited the Gatun Locks and watched ships transit the locks. We also drove across the new canal. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the locks. Our guide "Al" ... Read More
Our excursion took us to the Gatun Locks and Fort San Lorenzo. We visited the Gatun Locks and watched ships transit the locks. We also drove across the new canal. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the locks. Our guide "Al" did an excellent job explaining the importance of the locks to the people of Panama. The 400 year old Fort San Lorenzo was also impressive and provided a great view of the river. Al provided a brief history of the fort. Our time in the old U.S. Canal Zone was a highlight of the cruise. We were surprised to see how many of the building in the zone that had not been maintained. A small shopping area was located at the pier with reasonably priced souvenirs. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Wonderful visit to the locks.
Sail Date: January 2016
Wonderful visit to the locks. We were lucky enough to have three ships go through during our visit.
Wonderful visit to the locks. We were lucky enough to have three ships go through during our visit. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
This part of the tour was a bit long but interesting.
Sail Date: November 2015
This part of the tour was a bit long but interesting.
This part of the tour was a bit long but interesting. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Way too long and just too much sitting around.
Sail Date: November 2015
Way too long and just too much sitting around.
Way too long and just too much sitting around. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
There isn't much to see in Colon.
Sail Date: April 2015
There isn't much to see in Colon. It looks like other poor Caribbean cities. The Gatun locks, both the old ones and new, are fascinating. You really get very close to the ships. In fact you can talk to the ship's crew as they are ... Read More
There isn't much to see in Colon. It looks like other poor Caribbean cities. The Gatun locks, both the old ones and new, are fascinating. You really get very close to the ships. In fact you can talk to the ship's crew as they are passing by in the old locks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
So much fun to watch the ships enter and go thru the 3 locks.
Sail Date: February 2015
So much fun to watch the ships enter and go thru the 3 locks. You stand on a platform right next to the ships and tugs that are helping the ships thru the locks.
So much fun to watch the ships enter and go thru the 3 locks. You stand on a platform right next to the ships and tugs that are helping the ships thru the locks. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises