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Old August 18th, 2008, 12:01 AM
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I never thought I would say that I would rather go to Jamaica than the Panama canal! At least they have excursions worth going on! Just venting! Can't find what to do in Panama - and they took the bike tour off! As if we didn't have so few to choose from! Just venting here..........
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Awww Im sorry Hopefully maybe once you get there you will find an operator of sorts that will do it. (on panama cruise)

I love Jamaica. Seems your never there long enough.
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We have been throught the canal once -- so want to do something different - and worth the $$ but not breaking the pocketbook, you know?
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Boy, when I read that title, I thought to myself...where is Cheyl going that could be so bad?????

To me, and it's just me, after 3 or 4 trips to Jamaica, a day on the ship would be preferable, then going ashore in Jamaica again...

But... why not try a private tour company, that may offer you a more varied list of excursions...
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Yes, I thought about that - but everyone I talk to says its so dangerous in panama that you should not venture out on your own except with the cruise line. Any suggestions? I haven't even gottan a clue as to any outside help.
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What about the train, Cheryl? Have you done that one yet?
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Yes, I thought about that - but everyone I talk to says its so dangerous in panama that you should not venture out on your own except with the cruise line. Any suggestions? I haven't even gottan a clue as to any outside help.
Several times in Panama we simply got a tour from local operators at the pier. Never felt like we were in harm's way at all.
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Have you been on the train? I read some controversity on the train - and I'm reluctant to spend 165.00 pp (there are 3 of us) unless I get/know some definitive statements on what its all about. I know I know - I'm being to picky!
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Have you considered the Aerial Tram and Ecological Excursion. It looks interesting to me. By the way the Carnival website still shows a Mountain bike trip to San Lorenzo.
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really? I'm gonna go to the site and check it out again. They may have put it back on since. :-) Yes, I thought about the tram - some reviews from other boards say it was boring because all you see are tree tops and nothing else. I'm off to the site to check it out. :-)
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Have you been on the train? I read some controversity on the train - and I'm reluctant to spend 165.00 pp (there are 3 of us) unless I get/know some definitive statements on what its all about. I know I know - I'm being to picky!
Cheryl,

I did the train and IMO it wasn't really worth the price. We did the "classic car" or whatever they call the restored rail car. It was nice and nostalgic but that only lasts for a short time. You can't see much at 50 - 70 mph and the tour at the end is not too in depth. It was not worth the high cost.

I would do the ocean to ocean tour. It would be a very different perspective doing the canal in a smaller craft than a large ship.

If you don't want to do the Ocean to Ocean, I would do the Kuki route and grab something at the dock.

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thanks so much for your honest opinion! Thats what I need - thanks!
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something tells me if I do the Panama Canal it will be like doing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge or taking Route 13 to Nags Head - once but never again...I think I'll be cruising the Mediterranean before the Panama Canal....
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In 2006 I visited Panama with the Carnival Legend. To me the canal was well worth seeing>my guess is that it would be worthwhile a second time. My excursion was through Carnival and was on a ferry through 2 of the locks ( Pedo Miguel, Miraflores).
I agree that Colon Panama is most definitely not a place one would wonder around on foot.
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Hey Cheryl...

so far, it looks like we are just going to grab a taxi and go to the Gatun Locks for a couple of hours.

It is a shame that someone that lives around the Colon area (American ex-patriot) does not start up some kind of little tour business.

Posting on the various boards would be all the advertisement they would need.
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Even though I know it costs over $200 pp Im going thru the locks in the Canal, otherwise why go to the Panama Canal?

Ill be in jamaica soon, Sept 10th, and have booked to climb thru Dunns River Falls, havent done that either.

Im sorry you cant find anything you feel is worth doing thru the Canal, have you looked at booking a private excursion is the price is the issue, maybe you can save some $$$ that way.
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Even though I know it costs over $200 pp Im going thru the locks in the Canal, otherwise why go to the Panama Canal?

Ill be in jamaica soon, Sept 10th, and have booked to climb thru Dunns River Falls, havent done that either.

Im sorry you cant find anything you feel is worth doing thru the Canal, have you looked at booking a private excursion is the price is the issue, maybe you can save some $$$ that way.
Cheryl has already done that...so I can understand not spending the money to do that again.

We would gladly spend the money, but we have a son with Autism who can not do an 8 hour excursion. That is why we are grabbing a taxi to one of the locks to see what we can.
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Hey Cheryl, I'll go in your place! This is one of the cruises we really want to take but are waiting for the kids to get a bit older (6 and almost 10 now).
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Yep, your right - I have done that and it was a WONDERFUL excursion HOWEVER it was 8 plus hours long - at 166pp and I would say out of those 8 hours - we spent MAYBE 2 hours of real excursion time. The rest was riding in a HOT boat with HOT drinks and wall to wall people WAITING to go through the locks. Which is one reason I don't want to do it again. It was totally amazing - just don't want to do it again. But, I'm one that has to do something in port - I relax when the ship is at sea and like to do something --------- just want something exciting to do.
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Here are a couple of websites that offer tours in the Panama Canal area:

http://www.panama-trips.com/english/...FQyenAodpiSGfg

http://www.cruisebrothers.com/shore.php

Not sure if it will but thought it might help.
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I spent a week in Panama at the Gamboa resort this last Feb. Ventured out all over and never once felt nervous or had anyone harrass us. The tour guides are great. Alot of them are young kids trying to earn money. Best trip we have ever had. The rainforest tram is not worth the money. Luckily for us, it was a free trip. If I had to pay, I would not have been happy.
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In your opinion, why wasn't the tram good? I heard that also - but would like a second opinion. What about kayaking? Did you see/hear anyone do that?
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