Through the Panama Canal (Caribbean side)
Up before dawn because we did not want to miss any of the activity when our ship went through the locks. I think our alarm was set for 5:00 a.m. which for us is so early. Grabbed some coffee and up on decks 9 and 10 for several hours. Fun watching the sun come up. Looking forward to an exciting day.
Before the sun is up we are entering harbor through the breakwater
Cranes at this busy port
Passengers awaiting the crossing
Spare lock gates
Lock boat pulling up to help us get line up properly
Track that will kept our ship going along straight
Ships can go through in two lanes, we are in right lane
Ship in left lane is ahead of us in higher lock
Container ship on left going through, lock almost full and it will be
pulled forward by motor car on tracks
Gate closed and water filling on right
Huge container ship, water raising ship up higher. You can't see ship's name
on this photo, but on another photo you can clearly see name.
Water emptying out of lock rapidly
You can see how ship has risen up from other photo
Beautiful grounds around canal
Looking back to the harbor
The end of the Atlantic end locks
Again, looking back to where we had come from
They took down lifeboats to transport passengers who were going on day trips.
I liked that they used the lifeboats. Good to have those motors
running and know they worked.
Front view of a ship in the lock
From the Canal we went out into Lake Gatun for several hours and then turned around and came back through again. Going through the Canal was very interesting, a true engineering marvel. The cost in money and human life to building the canal was so high, but it has had a significant impact on world trade. Using the Canal vs. going around Cape Horn, where about 100 ships have sunk has made shipping much safer and saved numerous lives.
An extension in being built in the canal now to hold a third lane, and the Chinese are building a new canal in Nicaragua.
So glad we were able to take this trip and see this for ourselves. Hope you'd enjoyed our trip through. One more blog to wrap up this trip.