Colon (Cristobal) Panama City Excursion Reviews

A great way to view the city is by a rail tour. You'll learn lots of fascinating history on a tour and take in all the beautiful scenery. Be sure to check out the Mira Flores and Gatun Locks!
Walked for over 3 hours.
Sail Date: February 2019
Walked for over 3 hours. Very hot and humid. Tour guide Guian walked way too fast and talked way too much. The description of the tour said 1.5 hours of walking but in reality it was 3 hrs. Majority of people o the trip were not pleased.
Walked for over 3 hours. Very hot and humid. Tour guide Guian walked way too fast and talked way too much. The description of the tour said 1.5 hours of walking but in reality it was 3 hrs. Majority of people o the trip were not pleased. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent tour.
Sail Date: February 2019
Excellent tour. The best. You drive to Panama City where walk old city, shopping. Time for shopping and be at your own in downtown old city. Bring comfortable shoes
Excellent tour. The best. You drive to Panama City where walk old city, shopping. Time for shopping and be at your own in downtown old city. Bring comfortable shoes Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Well thought out and enjoyable, although 3 hours would have been enough rather than 4 hours in ...
Sail Date: December 2018
Well thought out and enjoyable, although 3 hours would have been enough rather than 4 hours in quite hot weather. We were also dropped in "old town" when many people wanted to go shopping and therefore had to get a taxi to the ... Read More
Well thought out and enjoyable, although 3 hours would have been enough rather than 4 hours in quite hot weather. We were also dropped in "old town" when many people wanted to go shopping and therefore had to get a taxi to the shopping mall. Maybe this should be looked at! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: MSC Cruises
Best of Old & Modern Panama – they don’t tell you it’s an hour bus ride to get to the city.
Sail Date: December 2018
Best of Old & Modern Panama – they don’t tell you it’s an hour bus ride to get to the city. The first part of “Old” means some boring ruins and a museum with a quick run through – with how Panama City came into being. More ... Read More
Best of Old & Modern Panama – they don’t tell you it’s an hour bus ride to get to the city. The first part of “Old” means some boring ruins and a museum with a quick run through – with how Panama City came into being. More boring. You barely see any of the current modern city as you ride through with the bus, just that it’s dirty and uninteresting. Our driver was unaware of the upcoming Christmas parade and we got detoured and delayed. Then to the colonial “old city” with is barely in a gentrification stage – some quaint façades of old homes and buildings, but no time to shop or browse in the few stores. Then on to a marina area and a restaurant for dry fish or pork and rice and overcooked veggies, before the one hour ride back to the yacht. Wouldn’t do this again, though we did figure out we would not come to Panama City if we ever returned to Panama (expats must be going to the countryside – this did not look enticing at all). Also heard the locks and boat tour was not very good. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Windstar Cruises
Shape of Panama bus tour We took advantage of the shore access tender and caught a shorex bus ...
Sail Date: November 2018
Shape of Panama bus tour We took advantage of the shore access tender and caught a shorex bus which took us from the Caribbean side locks down a super-highway to the Pacific shore in Panama City. Another highlight of the trip. A bus ... Read More
Shape of Panama bus tour We took advantage of the shore access tender and caught a shorex bus which took us from the Caribbean side locks down a super-highway to the Pacific shore in Panama City. Another highlight of the trip. A bus tour of 2mil-person PCity; tons of skyscrapers, lots to see; the Pacific Ocean; and then a walking tour of Old Panama City. A comfortable major highway trip back to the ship in Colon. Another highlight and worthwhile shorex. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Excursion is only way to leave boat to visit Panama City.
Sail Date: November 2018
Excursion is only way to leave boat to visit Panama City. Full bus had guide "herding cats", and, being tall, I missed portions of his spiel. Meal was buffet and adequate.
Excursion is only way to leave boat to visit Panama City. Full bus had guide "herding cats", and, being tall, I missed portions of his spiel. Meal was buffet and adequate. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Seeing Panama City was decent but felt we would not have missed much if we did not go.
Sail Date: October 2018
Seeing Panama City was decent but felt we would not have missed much if we did not go. It is a big city - good walking tour of historic old part, driving through newer parts (as well as not very nice areas), but the stop at the Miraflores ... Read More
Seeing Panama City was decent but felt we would not have missed much if we did not go. It is a big city - good walking tour of historic old part, driving through newer parts (as well as not very nice areas), but the stop at the Miraflores locks could have been skipped since we saw much more and better from our ship when we transited the canal. We were supposed to have a choice of lunch stops but felt like we got take to a restaurant that paid the tour operator to bring us there. It was seafood - good and a nice place with a view of the water but very pricey. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Great tour.
Sail Date: April 2018
Great tour. About a 1.5 hour bus ride from Gatun Lake to Panama City. Excellent lunch buffet and tour of the restoration at old Panama city.
Great tour. About a 1.5 hour bus ride from Gatun Lake to Panama City. Excellent lunch buffet and tour of the restoration at old Panama city. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
In this port, you must book a ship's tour to get off the ship.
Sail Date: February 2018
In this port, you must book a ship's tour to get off the ship. I see the reason for that now - sometimes the time schedules for getting through the locks get significantly delayed, and you'd be in trouble with an independent tour ... Read More
In this port, you must book a ship's tour to get off the ship. I see the reason for that now - sometimes the time schedules for getting through the locks get significantly delayed, and you'd be in trouble with an independent tour operator. Our tour, Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks - was excellent - it's perfect for seeing the city, Ft Amador views of the bay and Pacific, the old architecture (undergoing a lot of preservation work), and a close-up land view of Miraflores locks. I would really recommend that tour if you want a good, complete overview of Panama, the old Canal Zone, and the locks. I posted a detailed review on the HAL website that you'll want to read if you are looking for a tour. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
this was a city and locks tour.
Sail Date: January 2018
this was a city and locks tour. The guise was just awful! he kept shouting at us, didn't know how to handle his group and did not speak English well. We reported this to Shore excursions and they refunded 30% of the cost. Noce ... Read More
this was a city and locks tour. The guise was just awful! he kept shouting at us, didn't know how to handle his group and did not speak English well. We reported this to Shore excursions and they refunded 30% of the cost. Noce recovery by the ship Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
My rating is based on Viking once again not doing an appropriate job of rating the amount of ...
Sail Date: December 2017
My rating is based on Viking once again not doing an appropriate job of rating the amount of walking/steps/hills included in this excursion. Again, several people struggled with the steps and inclines in the city. The excursion ... Read More
My rating is based on Viking once again not doing an appropriate job of rating the amount of walking/steps/hills included in this excursion. Again, several people struggled with the steps and inclines in the city. The excursion descriptions shuld be written by someone who has experienced the excursion, not some marketing person. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
It wasn't bad, but it was nothing to write home about
Sail Date: December 2017
It wasn't bad, but it was nothing to write home about
It wasn't bad, but it was nothing to write home about Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Nice walking tour and views of Panama City.
Sail Date: November 2017
Nice walking tour and views of Panama City. Very hot and humid for some.
Nice walking tour and views of Panama City. Very hot and humid for some. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Long bus ride and large tour of over 40 people.
Sail Date: November 2017
Long bus ride and large tour of over 40 people. The walking tour was very slow in very warm and humid conditions. The guide was fairly informative but the tour was marred by lack of restroom facilities; something I would have expected ... Read More
Long bus ride and large tour of over 40 people. The walking tour was very slow in very warm and humid conditions. The guide was fairly informative but the tour was marred by lack of restroom facilities; something I would have expected Viking to research. Quite rightly, Viking encouraged us to remain hydrated but after two and a half hours on coach and tour I felt extremely uncomfortable. i then had to join a long line to use the very limited facilities and wasted over half by allotted free time to visit the area. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Interesting place Panama - there's obviously money and obviously poverty: it is curious how the ...
Sail Date: November 2017
Interesting place Panama - there's obviously money and obviously poverty: it is curious how the meanest most decrepit slum will still have its satellite tv dish though, no matter what...
Interesting place Panama - there's obviously money and obviously poverty: it is curious how the meanest most decrepit slum will still have its satellite tv dish though, no matter what... Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
A bus took us for an hour ride to a 10 minute break at the ruins and tourist building.
Sail Date: March 2017
A bus took us for an hour ride to a 10 minute break at the ruins and tourist building. We were given bread with cold cuts and cheese, one bottle of water, and a muffin for lunch. We were taken through skyscrapers, to the old city. The ... Read More
A bus took us for an hour ride to a 10 minute break at the ruins and tourist building. We were given bread with cold cuts and cheese, one bottle of water, and a muffin for lunch. We were taken through skyscrapers, to the old city. The guide spoke poor English, and walked us around the city for four miles. Then it was back to the bus for another 1/4 mile hike. While walking in terribly hot humid weather, you could not look up very often, as there were holes in the sidewalk, uneven pavement, or you were stepping out into the street into traffic. Unless you are used to walking, I would skip this excursion. I was jealous of the people in the cabs who were in air conditioning and could look at the buildings while the cab driver drove. I did see termite nests in the trees, which was new to me. There was one building that was 400 years old that was beautiful. We also saw a lovely church. It was Sunday and a lot of things were closed. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Excellent --close up views of the locks and then very interesting city tour in Panama.
Sail Date: January 2017
Excellent --close up views of the locks and then very interesting city tour in Panama. Highly recommended
Excellent --close up views of the locks and then very interesting city tour in Panama. Highly recommended Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
The Gatun Locks and Panama City were fun...
Sail Date: December 2016
The Gatun Locks and Panama City were fun... the city of Colon, however is just one big slum... pretty horrible... nothing to see there.
The Gatun Locks and Panama City were fun... the city of Colon, however is just one big slum... pretty horrible... nothing to see there. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We tendered in Gatun Lake to go to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks.
Sail Date: December 2016
We tendered in Gatun Lake to go to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. The drive was quick and comfortable. The “snack” provided was a chicken sandwich from Subway, just meat and bread. There was another shopping stop before going ... Read More
We tendered in Gatun Lake to go to Panama City and the Miraflores Locks. The drive was quick and comfortable. The “snack” provided was a chicken sandwich from Subway, just meat and bread. There was another shopping stop before going to the old city. It was uncrowded and two guides split our group so it was easier to hear. However, guides need to judge their groups to take it slower when elderly members cannot walk as fast as they would like. I found this almost disrespectful. Free time was welcome and no vendors harassed us. The visitor’s center at Miraflores was a nice new facility. It was interesting to see ships passing through that part of the canal. When we arrived back at the ship, I was glad I had bought my souvenirs already instead of having to go into Colon. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Wish we had more time for this.
Sail Date: November 2016
Wish we had more time for this. We rushed back to the ship as the time was over. The guide and tour was good, but not enough time.
Wish we had more time for this. We rushed back to the ship as the time was over. The guide and tour was good, but not enough time. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
The tour guide was very good but the tour was ALL day long leaving no time for shopping
Sail Date: November 2016
The tour guide was very good but the tour was ALL day long leaving no time for shopping
The tour guide was very good but the tour was ALL day long leaving no time for shopping Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Best tour I have ever taken.
Sail Date: November 2016
Best tour I have ever taken. Completely custom, guide extremely knowledgeable and personable.
Best tour I have ever taken. Completely custom, guide extremely knowledgeable and personable. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Again, too much time dedicated to visiting churches and not enough to shopping for different ...
Sail Date: April 2016
Again, too much time dedicated to visiting churches and not enough to shopping for different souvenirs than you'd ever see in America or Europe. With only one chance to visit Central America, we didn't wish to be spending ... Read More
Again, too much time dedicated to visiting churches and not enough to shopping for different souvenirs than you'd ever see in America or Europe. With only one chance to visit Central America, we didn't wish to be spending precious time in churches. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
I enjoyed the old city but the overall tour was only average.
Sail Date: March 2016
I enjoyed the old city but the overall tour was only average. Our group should have been split into two groups. Great guide but too large of a group.
I enjoyed the old city but the overall tour was only average. Our group should have been split into two groups. Great guide but too large of a group. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
This could have been an interesting tour with better organization and a more competent tour guide.
Sail Date: January 2016
This could have been an interesting tour with better organization and a more competent tour guide. It's a long ride (almost 2 hours to Panama) and lots of good information was shared by "Jeronimo". Upon arriving in Panama ... Read More
This could have been an interesting tour with better organization and a more competent tour guide. It's a long ride (almost 2 hours to Panama) and lots of good information was shared by "Jeronimo". Upon arriving in Panama City we viewed the city by bus for about another hour. It was difficult to see out the bus windows on opposite sides since there were fancy curtains. There were no photo stops for the "Ancient Ruins" or any other photo opportunities. We stopped for a city walk for about another 30-40 minutes BEFORE there was a bathroom break. This break should have occurred as soon as we arrived in Panama City! We went to a small souvenir shop where we had to stand in line for up to 20 minutes to use the facilities and most of us never got a chance to look at souvenirs. The walk itself was very fast-paced and the guide made no attempt to keep the group together to cross streets. It was listed as strenuous (steps and hills were fine) but one had to practically run to keep up with the guide---totally unnecessary on narrow, uneven streets. At one point we were walking in a Restoration area and a worker had to tell the guide that we were walking in a dangerous area. No mention was made of food or snack although it was provided when we returned to the bus (might have been nice if we had known ahead of time). At one point the guide left a hat store with part of the group, never announcing that he was moving on. This could have been a good tour with a better guide. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line