Like so many travellers I too have cruised through the Panama Canal. Indeed it is a marvel of engineering to say the least.
It was back in 1994 that we sailed through the Panama Canal on "Princess Cruises", "Royal Princess". We had an outside cabin with veranda and we were able to see the action of the "Mules" (these are the large engines that assist all ships, holding us steady as we pass through the through the locks) as well we were able to see the many places of interest along the way.
How nice to be waived to by people on other cruise and container ships as we passed by, after all we were sharing common experience.
There was a narrator on board our ship that gave us a very interesting eight hour commentary about the canal, the locks, how they were built, the amount of rainfall etc. that make the canal so successful. We sailed slowly from the Caribbean side to the Pacific Ocean. It is very important to wear a head covering and lots of sun screen as the Panama Canal is very close to the equator and even though you may not be in the direct sun the reflection from the water can give a bad sun burn.
I look forward to our next cruise through the Panama Canal.
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