The Panama Canal is really 3 separate sections, with the middle being the transit through the man-made Gatun Lake and Culebra Cut. Navigating through Gatun Lake is a scenic 15 mile passage through a fresh water lake with numerous islands, which were the hills before the land was flooded. This is followed by the 8 mile Culebra Cut, which is the section of canal that was excavated through the Continental Divide.
Having been through the Panama Canal more than 20 times, you would think I would be bored, but no. I’m usually the first one out on deck and at the other end the last one to leave. This is an engineering marvel and is a spectacular sight, when provided the opportunity to see the Canal in action. This post will cover the arrival and transit up the 3-stage Gatun Locks, which raises the ship 85’ from sea level to the man-made Gatun Lake.
Panama Canal – 05:00 to 16:30
Yet another eagerly awaited day, as the Panama Canal transit is most definitely another of the highlights of this 2015 World Cruise. Since this is transit 20+ for me, you would think it would be passé, but no, I was probably first one up and definitely the first on deck at Deck # 11 Fwd. Still dark and still approaching the breakwater, but there I was, claiming my piece of the railing, camera at the ready to capture another few hundred digital memories, to add to the already vast collection. Due to the number of photographs I will do a few blog posts to cover the transit.