My husband and I took a cruise this January to celebrate an upcoming wedding anniversary. He had been itching to see the Panama Canal after reading the book "Pathway to the Seas" by David McCollough.
We decided on Holland America for our cruise line and set off on our adventure.
We visited several ports of call before Panama and enjoyed them all. The day of the canal was so exciting for both of us, but especially my hubby. We crossed through the three locks on the Atlantic side and then anchored in Gatun Lake. Here we tendered off the ship and started a shore excursion which took us by train-- the Panama Canal Railroad-- the full length of the canal to the Pacific side. Here we visited the Miraflores locks and the Panama Canal Museum. It was full of exhibits and artifacts that told us about the building of the canal. It was very interesting and enlightening. We then took our tour bus back to the Atlantic side to meet up with our ship again.
We had a wonderful time on our trip. We were pampered by the ship's crew, fed wonderful food and visited destinations we had never thought of visiting before.
I highly recommend this cruise for a winter get-away and especially if you are a canal fan!
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