Photos of Panama Canal

We went through the Panama Canal on Monday, November 19th, on Day 7 of this 16 day cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. It took all day to cross the three locks along the Canal.

The Gatun locks (pronounced Gatoon) consists of 3 gates, and with each one, the water rises 28 feets so that the ship rises a total of 85 feet, to make the trip from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. We crossed those three gates of the lock between 9:30 and 11:30 am.

There is a second channel, that has recently opened, larger, more sustainable, that can accommodate larger cargo and cruise ships. Larger as in wider, higher, and longer.

Then we continued to sail along Gatun Lake, which is quite magnificent. We sail between the Continental Divide, the narrowest point in the canal, where the mountain had to be cut, extracting tons of rocks – enough to build 8(?) pyramids. Not long after, we sailed under the Centennial bridge, built some 400 feet over the canal – not a drive I would want to take – although PEI’s confederation bridge is over 200 feet above the ocean.

Finally, we reached the Pedro Miguel and MiraFlores locks in late afternoon – Miraflores is in Panama City – and we had visited the Vistiors Interpretation Centre years back – where you now see hundreds of people on the various balconies waiving us through. We left the Canal with a last glance at Panama City behind it. The photos below are from last to first.

Published by Sylvie Rancourt

I am a highly intuitive experienced leader and come naturally to coaching. I have spent the last 20 years helping individuals get unstuck, to achieve their goals and objectives. As an empath, I have a keen ability to sense what people are thinking and feeling. I enjoy interacting with new people and helping them to disengage from the minutiae of situations to see the bigger picture. These conversations inevitably lead to inspiration and it is quite a feeling to finally know what you want to achieve and see the path to get you there. Many individuals I have helped just needed a plan to stop wasting their energies and have more focus, while others needed a bit more time and we customized sessions suited to their needs. In all cases, we achieved positive change in either their professional or personal lives.

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