The trip was very organized and educational. Saw every aspect of Panama. The guides left lots to be desired. Seemed preoccupied and not interested in our desires.
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Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m. This is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled. There will be a Road Scholar notice board in the hotel lobby. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.
Afternoon: Check in and settle into rooms. Free time.
Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking about 1.5 miles; paved, mostly flat surfaces; some stair climbing and standing.
Breakfast: Hotel buffet.
Morning: Orientation 8:15 a.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Meals featuring local cuisine will be mostly buffets with some plated and served set meals; coffee, tea, water included, other beverages usually available for purchase. Transfers to/from program activities will be by air-conditioned bus (about 5 steps) unless specified otherwise. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We'll then board our Road Scholar bus and ride to the historic colonial center of the city of Panama, Casco Viejo, for a walking field trip led by our Group Leader. Casco Viejo dates back to the 1670s and showcases the multicultural history of Panama. Parks and narrow streets are lined with colorful buildings in a breath-taking mix of Spanish, French, and early American architectural styles. This eclectic display reflects the city's role as an international trade center and cultural melting pot that began well before the building of the Canal. Some of Casco Viejo's must-see sites include the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Municipal Palace, the National Theater, the Panama Canal Museum (originally the Grand Hotel), the French Embassy, and the Plaza de Francia. Next, we'll head to the Panama Canal Museum to learn about the American era of the Panama Canal and explore the second floor exhibits dedicated to its history from beginning to completion.
Lunch: At a restaurant featuring authentic Panamanian cuisine. We will return to the hotel after lunch.
Afternoon: Free time. This period of time has been set aside for your personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to explore some of Panama City's other highlights on your own such as the Biomuseo with its fantastic design by Frank Gehry and galleries that illustrate the origins of the Panamanian isthmus and its impact on biodiversity. One of our buses will drop off those who wish to visit the museum, along with a Group Leader, before returning to the hotel with the rest of the group. (The museum entrance fee, taxi fare to return to the hotel, and any other expenses incurred during this activity are not included in your program cost.) The museum is within walking distance from our hotel (about 1.5 miles) if you wish to forego taking a taxi to the hotel. We will regroup at the hotel for a 5:00 p.m. presentation on the Panama Canal past, present, and future.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus. Walking about 1 mile total; paved, mostly flat surfaces; some standing.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Our first field trip in the Panama Canal area will begin with a bus ride and a brief stop at Lake Alajuela that came into existence in 1924 with the construction of Madden Dam. In addition to helping maintain water levels in Lake Gatun, Madden's reservoir is also the primary supply of drinking water along the Canal. Our Group Leader will tell us about the impact of Lake Alajuela/Madden Dam on the lives of people in the region and in the daily operation of the Panama Canal. Moving on to Las Cruces Trail National Park, we'll make a brief stop to see the trailhead and learn about the historical connection between the trail and the California Gold Rush. We’ll then make stops to observe and discuss some of the work that was recently done to expand the Canal. The project cost an estimated $5.25 billion to add a third lane with larger locks, thus making it possible for bigger container and cargo ships to make use of the shortcut.
Lunch: At a local restaurant.
Afternoon: We'll stop at the French Cemetery Monument and hear about the role of immigrant workers in making the Panama Canal a reality. On our way back to the hotel, we’ll stop at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center, view the museum's interactive displays, and see the locks at work.
Dinner: At a local restaurant.
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure. Prepare for check out and departure early in the morning.
Activity note: Early morning transfer to port to board boat. Full transit through Panama Canal can take between 12-13 hours depending on ship traffic.
Breakfast: Aboard the boat.
Morning: We will be ready to start our Canal adventure after the Panama Canal Commission Pilot, who will guide our vessel throughout the transit, comes on board. During our full day transit through the Panama Canal, we’ll be accompanied by a Canal expert who will enhance our experience with historical insights and detailed explanations of the transit process. By Canal standards, we are aboard a small vessel, so we will travel in tandem with a large ship. This saves water as the canal opens and closes the gates. The transit will take us through Miraflores Lake, Pedro Miguel Locks, Gailard Cut, Gamboa, and Gatun Lake. Throughout the transit, there will be opportunities to see wildlife such as birds, monkeys, and crocodiles. We will exit the canal at the Atlantic Ocean and dock at Cristobal.
Lunch: Aboard the boat, buffet meal with soft drinks and water.
Afternoon: We will continue transiting the Panama Canal until we disembark in Colon where we’ll transfer to our hotel for check-in. Until 1852, Colon was an island, but it was linked to the mainland once the United States started building the railroad. Contemporary Colon is known for its status as a Zona Libre (a free trade zone) and as the northern entrance/exit to the Panama Canal.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare a day pack with personal items you may need during the day and have the rest of your luggage ready for transport to the hotel in Panama City.
Activity note: Getting on/off a bus; on/off a train. Train journey approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 1 mile; unpaved, undulating nature trails; some standing and stair climbing.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We'll set out by bus on a field trip to the New Locks Visitor Center to learn about the expansion of the Canal, including a video on the expansion project and construction of the new locks in addition to pictures of various stages. Our Group Leader will take us on a walk along the Center's nature trails to look for resident wildlife. We’ll end our walk at a lookout point to view the new Panama Canal locks.
Lunch: At the hotel.
Afternoon: While our luggage is being transported to the hotel in Panama City and delivered to our rooms, we'll stay in Colon and prepare for the train ride back to Panama City. Our rooms will be available until we transfer to the train station. Enjoy the hotel's amenities or just relax. The bus will drop us off at the Atlantic Passenger Station where we'll board the train and ride back to Panama City. The historic Panama Railroad paved the way for the construction of a transoceanic canal. It also became the main method for transporting equipment, supplies, and workers for the Panama Canal project. Construction of the railroad began in 1850. The ambitious project cost a total of $7,407,535 and took five years to complete. After disembarking the train at the Panama City station, we'll board a bus to the hotel and check in.
Dinner: At the hotel. While we dine, a folkloric dance group will give us a performance in traditional Panamanian dress. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers.
Breakfast: At the hotel, depending on flight times. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!
The trip was very organized and educational. Saw every aspect of Panama. The guides left lots to be desired. Seemed preoccupied and not interested in our desires.
This was a wonderful trip--I've already recommended it to several friends.
Very worthwhile experience when the history was told, then seeing the scope of the challenge and the amount of material constantly moving through the canal. It is quite a bit to absorb that this came about as a necessity but was due to the diligence and dreams of people with determination and imagination. Thank you for making this available as it was clear that there was good planning and preparation.
We have been on eight RoadScholar programs and found this program excellent in every way. Maybe this was luck, but we had absolutely no rain and saw absolutely no mosquitoes -- although we were prepared for both.
Grit and Glory was a fabulous adventure into the history of Panama and the Canal. Transiting the Canal in a smaller ship gave a wonderful new perspective. Our group leaders were native Panamanians with a passion for telling it's story. I couldn’t have asked for more!
The day going through the canal was a wonderful experience! The accommodations were very nice and we always had a great variety and amount of food to choose from at each meal. Two thumbs up!
I was very comfortable with the program as a single traverler
Highly recommend this trip. Wonderful tour guides and an interesting agenda. Forget the cruise lines and see the real Panama Canal!
What an amazing trip through the Panama Canal!! If this is on your bucket list I highly recommend Road Scholar in helping you make this a once in a life time experience!
Had a blast! Highly recommended!
This program exceeded my expectations in every way! From the choice of accommodations that highlight the content of the program to the great food we ate and then to our amazing group leaders who who honest and frank in their discussion of Panamanian past and present. Crossing the Canal from Ocean to Ocean was such an incredible opportunity and I am thrilled to have it checked off my bucket list!
This is a trip worth taking. It was my first trip with Road Scholars and my first trip with any tour group, so I was uncertain what to expect. The whole trip was wonderful: very informative, fun, and the guides were great. By the end of the trip I felt they were friends and was sorry to have to say good-bye!
This is a short and sweet and efficient tour.
In over 100 Road Scholar programs that I have done, this program is the best one I've taken. The itinerary was excellent! The busses we rode in were excellent. The two leaders were easy to hear and to understand. And, the whole program was done in 4 days!
Great trip! We learned so much about the canal; Panama itself; animals, flora and fauna of Panama; and were totally awed by the beauty of Panama! Thoroughly recommend this adventure.
We are smitten!! We attended our very first Road Scholar “learning excursion” last month which was The Grit and Glory trip to the Panama Canal. As educators we appreciated the in-depth lectures and presentations and meeting like-minded “learners.” We feel as if we have become mini-experts” on the canal with its rich history. That said, we could not have been more impressed and have made the decision to ONLY partake in Road Scholar trips in the future! Melinda Spataro & Dolores Diaz- Class of 2019
Grit and Glory: Panama Canal trip with Road Scholar exceeded my expectations. I thoroughly enjoyed all the activities and learning opportunities. I would highly recommend it.
Wow. A great experience, fun, educational, eye opening.
I have wanted to go through the Panama Canal for a long time. This whole experience was absolutely amazing!! Deloris J.
The 5 day trip to The Panama Canal was perfect in length, content and arrangements. The coordinators were natives of Panama and were therefore, completely conversant of every detail. I highly recommend it even for someone using a rollator as a walking aid.
We had an excellent time on this trip. Our two tour guides, Gabriel and Luis, did a fabulous job of education and handling the logistics of touring. The primary focus is on the history and operations of the canal, but you get immersed in the culture of Panama as well. The full-day transit of the canal on Al Capone's rum running boat Islamorada was obviously the high point of the trip, but it was also fun visiting the locks on land, the museum, and old Panama City. And along the way we got to see howler monkeys, toucans, and a sloth! The hotels were good and the food was consistently buffet style. I have written a web travelogue of our experience at http://www.posix.com/Panama19/ .
Superb trip to the Panama Canal! The right amount of days, only 42 in our group, very well led by Gabe and Abdiel, good accommodations and food. Time to draw, shop, and walk, humidity was high but the weather was good. We did 3 visitors centers, to be able to see the canal from different views and of course the ship ride through the canal- amazing.
If you really want to see the Panama Canal and learn about its history and operation, this is the right trip for you. The guides are people who love their country, know their subject and love sharing it with visitors.
We enrolled in this program to learn more about the Panama Canal, especially the recent locks expansion project, and came away with so much more. We were introduced to Panama's history, politics, natural history, cuisine, customs, and people and had a wonderful time!
This was probably the best Road Scholar Program that we have attended. We had two fabulous tour directors, the program had lots packed into it for four days, the food was wonderful and accommodations were good. We recommend this tour for those that desire to go through the full length of the canal but not on a cruise ship.
I went for the Canal transit, since my tour in the US Navy did not include that experience. And I got so much more insight into the country, plus the return trip by train was a bonus.
This program helped us understand the Panama Canal and the culture of Panama. It was a fabulous experience.
A great way to see the 8th wonder of the world from the bottom of the lock to the top !
Excellent program! If you want to learn the real story of the Panama Canal and travel through it up close and personal, this is the trip for you.
I appreciated learning about some of the history and culture of Panama as well as about the Canal. Beny and JoJo were great guides.
The size and scale of the Panama Canal, as well as the massive ships it serves, are best appreciated when seen from the water on a small ship. This Road Scholar adventure really helped me to better understand the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal!
Panama in January was perfect. Comfortable weather. No mosquitos or, any health worries from food or water at facilities Road Scholar had chosen for us. No one mentioned any health reactions.
Enjoyed the transit of the Canal. Satisfied a life-long desire to do so. Reading of some background materials is essential for gaining full benefit of the program - especially the McCullough and Lindsay-Poland books.
The Panama Canal was one of the best of the Road Scholar programs we have attended. The program was true to its purpose, had very gracious and knowledgeable leaders, was well planned and executed, so we came home feeling we had really learned a great deal in just a week. We found our experience with the Country and its people to be altogether positive.
Fantastic program, Wonderful leaders. The people of Panama are warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend this program
This is a wonderful trip if you are interested in the Canal and its impact on both the country and the world.
Outstanding program from when you decide to sign up until you have to leave for home. Program leaders were not only professional and knowledgeable but cared for each individual and the group. Can't say enough except highly recommend if you want to learn, experience and enjoy.
I would suggest arriving a day or two before the start of the program in order to see more of Panama City.
We strongly recommend Grit and Glory led by Jean and Luis - presume RS will have others as excellent of course. 4 days of intense experience was about right to understand the magnificence and importance of the canal and get a taste of Panama. The trip was beyond our expectations. It did help to go in pretty good weather - January in our case - oh my Panama is a watery country! The trip was very well organized, down to earth, and reasonably well paced.
If you have an interest in the Panama Canal, you will be in Panama Canal heaven. This tour touches all bases of the original and expanded canal in a comprehensive learning format. As an extra you get to see birds and animals and the beautiful country of Panama. The food is tasty, not hot!
We wanted a Panama Canal program that did't require taking a big ship cruise from Miami to Los Angeles. This program delivered in every respect. Short sweet and packed with wonderful learning. The best Group Leaders we have ever encountered. A home-run for Road Scholar!
What an amazing way to see the Panama Canal, aboard an intimate small ship with a special narrator!
This Grit and Glory trip far exceeded our expectation. It was on our bucket list. This was our first Road Scholar trip and we are now looking forward to another Road Scholar trip real soon.
The program was great, could not have asked for anything more. Rey, Juan Carlos and Gabe were great, ended as friends and guides. Would not hesitate to take another Road Scholar trip. Everything is arranged for you and you don't have to do anything other than pack and keep track of your passport!
As my initial Road Scholar experience, it far exceeded my expectations. The leaders were knowledgeable about the Canal, history, ecological concerns, wildlife and current events in their country. Our bus driver was even vested in our experience as he scouted surroundings for wildlife for us to see.I learned more than expected and was pleasantly surprised by the easy rapport with other participants. Traversing the entire Canal was a never to be forgotten experience, and we learned so much about the locks, how they were built and their future. The food was plentiful and good, the meal and lodging venues were exceptional. The logistics of moving us and our luggage from place to place were well planned and executed, due partly to the efforts of all the participants to be prompt and cooperative. I highly recommend this trip.
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Going through the locks in a small ship seeing their operation really up close is awesome. You do not have to be an engineer to appreciate what they accomplished more than 100 years ago and is still working very well.
This is my 18th Road Scholar trip. All the trips had excellent leaders but the leaders on this trip, Pat, Rey and Abdiel surpassed all the others. Their knowledge, pride and love of country and work was apparent in everything they did. The program was outstanding and well organized. I highly recommend this program. It is above a 5 star rating.
Before I went on this course, I knew two things about Panama: where it was, and that it had the canal. I have learned so much! Learning new things is my drug of choice. Wonderful.
If you want to really see the canal and learn about the over 100 years os history and construction this is your trip. You'll learn about Panama and never again think of as only the home of the canal.
The views of the Panama Canal from a small vessel and beside the Canal from a bus and train was fun and enlightening. The Professional Guides - Claudio, Venicio (Beny), and Patricio - were the best teaching team I’ve had on any Road Scholar tour! They were knowledgeable, concerned for each one of the Group, and amicable. Hotels were comfortable. Weather was mostly sunny and warm. Food was local cuisine, delicious and plentiful. Colon streets were wild, yet entertaining, so kudos to the bus driver! Overall, a well planned, tour that highlights the value of the Panama Canal to the World.
If you have always wanted to learn in detail about the history, construction and present day status of the Panama Canal, this is the trip for you!
Outstanding program. The highlight for me was the full transit of the Canal on our own private boat - the Islamorada, which was previously owned by J. P. Morgan and (allegedly) Al Capone. The ship holds about 80 people, but our group was only 28. The train ride in the domed car was also great. I absorbed so much about the Canal history, operation and economic / political impact. Although the focus of the program was on the Canal, I learned so much more about the country and enjoyed visiting the rainforest, nature walk, the historic quarter of Panama City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and just seeing the country (we even visited a grocery store!). Our group leaders (Claudio, Benny and Patrick) did an outstanding job. Their knowledge, love of Panama, delightful wit and humor made the trip a joy. Weather was great (no mosquitos). My only regret was that I did not pack my swimsuit (there was enough time at the Melia hotel to use their outstanding pool). I highly recommend this program, not only to learn about the Canal, but also to enjoy the country of Panama.
This was a well-organized program, focused on the history and operation of the Panama Canal, the fascinating history of its construction, with necessary attention to the history and current status of Panama itself. A full canal transit was included, with return by rail, and accommodations were excellent. The three group leaders were exemplary.
Awesome experience ... educational & fun
Awesome trip! The information and excursions leading up to our Panama Canal transit made the transit so much more meaningful and interesting, Great instructors and very fun group of participants!
On my bucket list, it didn’t disappoint! History, building, the locks and a small boat comfortable for 45 of us with a great crew. Great lectures. Sad to hear of the ‘ugly Americans’ time in the Canal Zone - something that darkened the week, but a part of history. Guide could be more personable, perhaps it’s the past. Food was terrific, hotels fine. Don’t think you’ll find a more thorough tour of the canal - especially in 5 days - and better choice of boat and crew for the day’s journey. Lectures could have been more concise and hence, take up less time sitting and listening, but guides were well versed.
A very busy 6 days with lots of learning and fun. Great leaders and all details of travel, accommodations, meals, etc taken car of.
Panama canal is an engineering marvel and worth seeing especially the visit is made so comfortable and interesting by Road Scholar.
All of our Road Scholar trips have been marked by great lectures and field trips; good food and nice hotels; and great tour leaders. This trip was more of the same, with one exception. Our tour leaders -- Rey, Beny, and Lewis -- were outstanding. Not only were they extremely knowledgeable about all things Panama, they were consistently patient, kind, and very funny. Thanks to these guys, we learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed our time in this beautiful country. Kudos, also to Rey and Lewis for stopping our bus on a busy road to rescue a stranded sloth and moving him to safety at the edge of the forest. Nice!
A meaningful tour. So much to see - so much to learn. Loved staying initially at the hotel directly on the canal and watching the ships come and go. The lectures made the tour come alive. We loved seeing and experiencing the old canal technology vs. the new canal technology AND touching the canal. Being on the small boat and going through the canal made the experience SO much more rewarding.
Good program for seeing and learning about Panama and the Canal.
This was a great trip! The hotels; food and folks were outstanding. It was apparent the trip leaders are passionate about their country. They were well organized, enthusiastic and caring. This was my first RS trip and they set the bar high!
I find the trip locator easy to use. After finding a trip, the drill downs provide excellent information.
Panama is much more diverse than expected. Soaring skyscrapers and rush hour traffic jams with lush jungle nearby. The Canal is an amazing engineering feat with the original canals still running well after 100 years and the new canal lane accommodating the world's newest and largest ships.
My interest was triggered by David McCullough's book and this program enlarged my reading, both with recommended readings and the tour by informed guides who helped us expand our knowledge of the canal and Panama, the country and it's peoples. It's a short, well integrated program that doesn't waste time. Accommodations, transport and dining were good.
I have always wanted to visit the Panama Canal but did not want the mega-passenger cruise ship experience. This program provided exactly the up close and personal trip I was looking for.
My husband wanted to visit and sail the Panama Canal. He's a retired engineer and wanted to learn more about the engineering marvel. I love to travel and knew I would enjoy it, but I was amazed at how much I enjoyed it. The locks are very interesting and watching world commerce sail in both directions was amazing.
The Panama Grit and Glory is an amazing opportunity to visit one of the greatest man-made features in the Americas. The trip gives you an experiential tour of the old and new canal and the workings of the locks. The tap water is drinkable and the tour gives you and opportunity to eat fresh Panamanian fruits and fish. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and share their love of nature and Panamanian culture while travelling around the Canal Zone by bus, train and boat.
This program fosters a deep understanding of the Panama Canal, its operation and its influence on the existence, culture, economy and history of the nation of Panama. I found it a most worthwhile and enjoyable experience. It fulfilled a life-long dream of mine.
The scale of the Panama Canal and modern shipping vessels has to be experienced firsthand to have its full impact. This program brings you as close as you can get to both. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and well organized. Every day was an educational experience.
Excellent trip! I would highly recommend this.
This was a GREAT opportunity to learn ALL about the Panama Canal System, past and present. Highly recommend!
An excellent trip. It was a wonderful up close view if the engineering marvel of the canal and lock system. And a taste of the Panamanian culture. Great informative guides. Archie was fantastic! Thanks so much Jim and Carolyn Mitchell
Just returned from RS Grit and Glory in Panama as my maiden trip. I definitely picked a WINNER!! You will have to put a gun to my head for me to find something wrong with this program. I had a blast! The quality of the hotels, food, transportation and staff were AAA+. The group leader, extraordinaire!! I am ready to retire and go again with Road Scholar, this is a MUST item for your bucket list.
This is the most comprehensive, thoroughly thought out program I have ever experienced. Everything from the food, the accommodations, the instructors to transportation were outstanding. Would highly recommend this program to any travelers concerned about traveling on their own, but wish to see, taste, and get the feel of a country. You can't do it any better than this. Absolutely amazing experience!
This trip will not disappoint. Anyone interested in the history of the Panama Canal should take this tour, and also anyone wanting to have a real experience of this wonderful country’s history and the diversity of its people, as well of it’s animals and birds. The guides are well versed in both areas and project genuine pride and love for their county. A wonderful educational tour with a personal touch made for a wonderful vacation.
I greatly enjoyed the Grit and Glory: Panama Canal Program
This program was perfectly designed to cover the history and operation of the Panama Canal, without a lot of extraneous "fluff". We found it fascinating, most enjoyable, and terrific value. I do recommend reading the David McCullough book before going: it really enhances the experience.
This Panama Canal experience on a small boat far exceeded our expectations. I am so pleased we didn't select a large ship for this trip. Our group leaders, Beny Wilson and Gabriel Ortiz were extraordinary in their knowledge and communication. We would HIGHLY recommend this if you are considering visiting the Panama Canal.
Website is improved and easier to use.
Unfortunately when people hate their jobs it shows. FORTUNATELY for the participants of this trip Claudio and Patrick LOVE their job and it showed. THIS is what road scholar is all about: information...a LOT of information and VERY knowledgable people to present it. The accommodations were good, the food was good, and the guides were beyond EXCELLENT. One participant when I asked what he thought said it went beyond his expectations. That I think that sums it up well. Claudio and Patrick ran the show like a well oiled comedy team. They were a pleasure to be around. Well done [ and well staffed] Road Scholar. Thank you.
If your objective is to see and learn as much about the Panama Canal, including its history and operation, as possible, in comfort, this is the program for you!
This is a very informative and interesting program. We learned a lot that we did not previously know about Panama and the Panama Canal.
OMG!!!!---riding in our little skiff in front of the huge, gigantic, enormous SEA HELIOS in the Gatun Locks was unbelievable---to watch the super ships go through the new locks was almost as awesome---