Only way to go all the way through and return to the same port is to book back to back transit cruises. Other wise the ship will turn around in the lake claiming if you have seen one set of locks, you've seen them all.
"Only way to go all the way through and return to the same port is to book back to back transit cruises. Other wise the ship will turn around in the lake claiming if you have seen one set of locks, you've seen them all."
Is that true? I thought some of the most interesting sites are on the Pacific side. I'll probably never get back to Panama again, so I'd like to see everything. Would I be missing something great by just going as far as the lake? I've heard that the Bridge of the Americas (do I have the name right?) is something I shouldn't miss. I think there is something else recommended, but I can't remember what it was right now.
+Going back to back is the only way to go. We did 21 days on the Royal Princess when she was doing that trip and it was wonderful. Generally you have different ports on each leg. The return trip gives you a one up on the new passengers and time to enjoy everything you missed. It is about an 8 hour day of nice slow travel so if shipboard is what you are looking for it is great. The Bridge of the America's is beautiful, especially on your return as you are seeing it in the morning light. I was a "holdout" as it was a trip my husband wanted and I thought it would just be one big ditch. I was on deck both ways for the full time. Go and enjoy - who knows, we may join you. It is worth the repeat.