Disney Cruise Line and Its Ports of Call LIVE! Guidebook

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Enjoying the Sights of the Panama Canal

Enjoying the Sights of the Panama Canal

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MAP OF THE PANAMA CANAL


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ENJOYING THE SIGHTS OF THE PANAMA CANAL

Whether your eyes are fixed on verdant hillsides or the mechanical marvels of the canal’s locks, you’ll be viewing it all from the comfort of the ship. The lower decks offer the most intimate view of your passage through the locks. Outside staterooms on decks 1 and 2, and public areas on deck 3, have an ultra-close-up view of the walls of the locks, until the ship rises above them. You can catch some of the action from the windows in Tiana's Place during breakfast or lunch, as well as via the large portholes in Promenade Lounge and After Hours. Otherwise, we highly recommend heading to the promenade on deck 4. For those preferring a bird’s-eye view, deck 10 has its advantages, and lunch on the deck behind Cabanas (deck 9 aft) is particularly scenic. Cruisers do crowd deck 10 forward, so consider abandoning that deck for a lower deck to see the action at the locks. The Panama Canal Authority provides a tour guide to narrate the passage, delivering expert commentary over the ship’s public address system.

Geographical Facts—Though we may casually imagine that the canal runs east/west between the Caribbean and Pacific, thanks to a little kink of geography, it actually runs from the Caribbean on the north to the Pacific on the south! The flood-prone Chagres River provides much of the water for the canal. A large dam and reservoir controls the river’s flow into Gatun Lake, and from there, the river’s waters flow into both the Caribbean and Pacific.

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Top Photo Slice: Gates Lake with a few boohoos that looked particularly inviting. (℗ 8442) Photo contributed by © Earkid



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