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Canal & Bay Tours

Playita de Amador, Panama City, Panama
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Partial Canal Transit, Southbound

We went to the check-in at Amador, boarded a comfortable bus for the 1 hour trip to Gamboa at the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
JoeW48
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Minneapolis, MN, USA
Great Way to Experience The Canal

We did the 1/2 transit, which was plenty of time for us. They picked us up and returned us to our... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2018
Janet N
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Laramie, Wyoming
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It does not matter if you do the Full or the Partial transit of the Panama Canal you still would have to check off #5 from the list of 100 Journeys of a Lifetime by National Geographic. Canal and Bay Tours has been offering both transits for over 12 years and we are committed in assisting you to create a memorable experience. Both transits are an all-day affair with breakfast, lunch, and non-alcoholic refreshments included. Your once in a lifetime experience of transiting the Panama Canal begins with check in at the Playita de Amador and boarding one of our three vessels; Tuira II, Fantasia del Mar, or Isla Morada. Aboard our vessel you be on the Pacific Ocean and will pass under the Bridge of the Americas, through the Mira Flores and Pedro Miguel Locks, beneath the Centenario Bridge, through Culebra Cut, and ending in Gatun Lake which was the largest man-made lake in the world. You will also observe the construction of the second set of locks otherwise known as the Expansion of the Panama Canal.
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Playita de Amador, Panama City, Panama
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to the check-in at Amador, boarded a comfortable bus for the 1 hour trip to Gamboa at the canal's midpoint, where we boarded the launch. I have been through the canal before but I was taking a couple through for their first time....More

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Rene C, Manager at Canal & Bay Tours, responded to this reviewResponded today

¡We are glad to hear that you had a great experience throughout our tour! Best regards, René Carrizo - Marketing Manager Canal & Bay Tours

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We did the 1/2 transit, which was plenty of time for us. They picked us up and returned us to our hotel. They had a nice lunch on board and a great guide! He was funny and VERY informative. This is a really nice way...More

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Rene C, Marketing Manager at Canal & Bay Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

¡We are glad to hear that you had a great experience throughout our tour!

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

The partial transit cruise was very interesting, and we enjoyed most of it, although I’m not sure it was worth $150 each. The mediocre review is because of the end. JC, the cruise director, did not ride on the bus to return travelers to their...More

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Rene C, Marketing Manager at Canal & Bay Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Guest: Thank you for your feedback about your last trip with Canal & Bay Tours, we will use it to improve our services. In the name of the whole boat staff we apologize for the problems related to the service and your trip. We...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

I highly recommend that everyone visiting Panama get on a boat and travel though the Canal. It's an amazing experience. The Canal & Bay narrator was knowledgeable and entertaining. Though expensive, the experience was worth it. We only did the 4-hour cruise. Next time we'll...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Really great trip. The narrator on the tour was informative and fun and made the experience really worth while. Why go all the way to Panama City and just go to the observation deck and museum? Take the boat ride through the locks to get...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

I had heard so much about the Panama Canal and the lock system, so it was a great experience to do the half transit boat tour. The schedule is dependent on the canal and the smll tour boat needs to pass through with a larger...More

Thank Anna L
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Panama Canal is a 100 year old engineering masterpiece, and best experienced by actually boating through the locks. Tour includes pickup and drop off to your hotel. We took the 1/2 locks experience (3 locks) which takes 5-6 hours minimum boat ride. Count on a...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2017

A few tips worth sharing. We had some unhappy, uninformed passengers on our tour. Scheduling – the canal schedules the passage, NOT the tour company. Tour boats are low priority, so be prepared for last minute schedule changes, and be prepared for a long day,...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2017

We opted for the full day cruise at 195$, only possible every second Saturday. The partial was also possible for 40$ less. For our purposes the day is committed to either way and this way you get to see the Gatun locks on the Caribbean...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2017

We took a partial trip on the Panama Canal in March. It was an excellent tour, led by a very interesting tour guide, JC. He was informative, amusing, and knowledgeable. Traveling on the Canal is a must-see in Panama. The partial transit was a good...More

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judyusnick
5 October 2016|
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Response from Andrea L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I just saw your question & you may need to contact Canal & Bay Tours directly. What I do know is a full transit takes over 10 hours. The departure time hinges on when the Panama Canal authority says they have a captain... More
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Happygolucky195
19 March 2015|
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Response from Canal_and_Bay_Tours | Property representative |
Hello! It is great for kids. It is fun safe and very educational. Crossing the Panama Canal is a one in a kind experience. Kids enjoy watching all kind of boats near the Canal and how the Canal works. We will be glad to have... More
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