I am looking at a Panama Canal tour on the Miracle next year. It drives to the Pacific side and then you take a boat through the canal. How long are you on the bus to the boat, on the boat and then on the bus back to the boat?
We did this tour when we cruised on the Liberty. It was an hour drive, then about 6 hours on the ferry, lunch was included. It was a sandwich, muffin and all the water, soda and beer you could drink. It was so cool eating lunch while going down the Panama Canal. We went thru 2 locks then took the bus back to the ship which was another hour. Long day but definately worth it. You get a different perspective being on the ferry. You are 35 feet below and can touch the sides of the walls, then watch while the locks fill up and carry you through. Enjoy.
Teresa and Larry
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I took the Panama Canal cruise off the Liberty also - for the main purpose of going through the locks. Bragging rights - you might say. However, would I do it again.........nope. It was sooooooooo long. So Hot and so crowded! The drinks they served were hot also. They didn't put them on ice until we boarded the ferry. However, I am glad I did it. It was about an hour trip there then like cargo hauled us onto the ferry where you picked your spot you might say. Might want to bring a hat - because your in the sun a lot. Once we went through the locks it was fantastic to watch/see (we were at the back of the ferry so we could see it perfectly). But, it was just so long waiting. However, was unavoidable as you have to wait your turn. Would I do it again for 198.00 per person? NOPE But am I glad I did it? YES - Definitely something to do once in your life. :-)
We did the Panama Canel when sailing on the Legend. It was a great day and would do it again in a heart beat. We booked it through the ship and was I glad... bus was an hour late and the Ledgend waited for us!!