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First neopanamax cruise ship enters Canal

First neopanamax cruise ship enters canal

Lowest rainfall in 103 years threatens Canal

Lowest rainfall in 103 years threatens Canal

New Amador cruise ship terminal operational in two years

Amador cruise terminal  in two years

235 cruise ships scheduled to transit the Canal 2017/18

235 cruise ships to transit Canal

Panama Canal container transit record

Panama Canal container transit record

Panama Canal wins back traffic lost to Suez Canal

Panama Canal wins back traffic lost to Suez Canal

Canal Pilots trying to discourage yachts from transiting…..?

This post was recently on the facebook page of Panama Cruisers so we are not entirely certain where the information came from, but, if true, it seems the ACP is moving  towards discouraging yachts from making the transit: “Information received… Continue Reading →

Panama Canal expansion traffic statistics

Panama flag registry, canal traffic expand

Documents Show Chile Foiled Nazi Plot to Attack Panama Canal

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chile-foiled-nazi-plot-attack-panama-canal-documents-show-180963836/

Fresh off its crazy Canal expansion, Panama is Central America’s new travel star

Fresh off its crazy Canal expansion, Panama is Central America’s new travel star

Panama Canal Does Some Good While Upending Historic Trade Routes

Panama Canal Does Some Good While Upending Historic Trade Routes

Panama deal likely to “finally scupper” Nicaragua canal: Chinese state media

Panama deal likely to “finally scupper” Nicaragua canal: Chinese state media

Expanded Panama Canal Operational for a Year

Expanded Panama Canal Operational for a Year

Expanded Panama Canal Marks One Year Since Opening

Expanded Panama Canal Marks One Year Since Opening

Expanded Canal usage creates new records

Expanded Canal usage creates new records

ACP looking at adding fourth set of locks

Canal authority looking at 4th set of locks

Panama Canal transits up 7% in April

The Central American waterway saw 1,016 vessels pass through its locks for the month, a year-over-year increase of 7 percent from April 2016, according to data from the Panama Canal Authority.

The Cheapest Toll Ever Paid At the Panama Canal

Ships navigating the Panama Canal are required to pay tolls along their route. In 1928, 14 years after the canal’s opening, a man named Richard Halliburton finagled a way to navigate the channels for a great deal. Here’s how he… Continue Reading →

Visit Coiba

How a Deadly Prison Island Became a Natural Paradise

First cruise ship through new locks paid $400,000

First cruise ship through new locks paid $400,000

Ships Using the Expanded Panama Canal

Panama’s Caribbean Side

https://www.thevisitorpanama.com/2012/03/just-another-day-on-the-caribbean/

Special Tourism Taxis for Colón Port

https://www.thevisitorpanama.com/2017/03/special-tourism-taxis-for-colon-port/

1,000 Vessels Through the Expanded Panama Canal

1,000 Vessels Through the Expanded Panama Canal

1000th transit through new Panama Canal locks

Expanded Canal marks 1,000th transit

Software Upgrade for the Panama Canal

Fancy Software Brings the Panama Canal Into the 21st Century

Boat Trip on the Panama Canal

While a transit through the Panama Canal on a cruise ship is a fantastic experience, it can be even better to enjoy the Canal on a smaller ship or boat. Cruise lines will offer several versions of small boat trips… Continue Reading →

San Lorenzo Fort

The 400-year-old Spanish ruins of San Lorenzo are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Colón.

Visit to an Embera Indian Village

In 2015 we went to visit the Embera Drua Indian Village near Panama City. Here are some photos and information about our trip.

Taxis in Panama

Taxi drivers are notorious for charging a “Gringo tax”, making the fares much more than they should be. Some recommended drivers that speak some English and (hopefully) won’t rip you off are listed in the Panama City Guide for Cruisers… Continue Reading →

Panama City Guide for Cruisers

A notice on the board at Shelter Bay has information for all cruisers visiting Panama. It reads: Hundreds of listings for services and suppliers in Panama City and some good ones in Colon. Also Panama Sights (things to do and… Continue Reading →

New Hotel Washington

In February 2017 we went for a look at the New Washington Hotel in the city of Colon, on the Caribbean side of Panama. Check out our photos.

Sights Along the Panama Canal

Just finished updating pictures and descriptions of what you will see when you transit through the Panama Canal. It is aimed at a cruise passenger but obviously a yacht crew will see it as well (although they might be a… Continue Reading →

Panama Canal Transit #13 Just Dreamin’

On February 07-08, 2017 we transited through the Canal on the 42′ Beneteau Just Dreamin’. Our pictures and comments are at Just Dreamin’

Panama Canal Transit #12 on Pilgrim

On February 03-04, 2017 we transited through the Canal on the 38′ Morgan Pilgrim. Our pictures and comments are at Pilgrim

Panama Canal Transit #11 on Shayler

On January 21-22, 2017 we transited through the Canal on the 42′ Privilege catamaran Shayler Our pictures and comments are at Shayler

Download PDF of this website

Download a PDF There is a lot of information on this website but we have also collated everything together and produced PDF files that you can download. Google Drive might take five minutes to send the file, otherwise contact us… Continue Reading →

What is the Panama Canal and How Does It Work?

The Panama Canal moves ships between the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and the Pacific Ocean on the west side. However, the Canal runs northwest to southeast. To avoid confusion the directions southbound and northbound are used, which is… Continue Reading →

The 10 Best Places to Discover Wildlife in Panama

The 10 Best Places To Discover Wildlife In Panama

US Submarine in Panama Canal

On our recent transit through the Panama Canal we had a US Submarine in the adjacent chamber. Submarines are supposed to transit alone but due to the weather delays on the Canal we got lucky. It was a horrible rainy… Continue Reading →

Panama’s new cruise terminal to be state run

Panama’s cruise terminal to be state run

Hitch in transit of 500th ship using new locks

Hitch in transit of 500th ship using new locks  

Panama gets over $1 billion from Canal

Panama gets over $1 billion from Canal  

Panama Canal in list of global ‘must visit’ places

Panama Canal in top 17 must visit places

USS Zumwalt breaks down in Canal

Most expensive US destroyer breaks down in Canal

Hurricane Otto forming off Panama (Caribbean side) – November 22nd 2016

Red alert and 80 km winds for Caribbean coast

Panama Canal Transit #10 on Ceilydh

On November 6-7 2016 we transited through the Canal on the 40′ catamaran Ceilydh Here is the wonderful blog post from Diane & Evan: http://maiaaboard.blogspot.com/2016/11/were-in-pacific-man-panama-canal-transit.html And our pictures and comments are at Ceilydh

Sloth and baby on the move

This sloth was moving her baby along the fence in our garden

Lake Gatun reaches flood levels – November 3rd 2016

Lake Gatun reaches flood level

LNG carriers allowed to bunker at Canal

LNG carriers allowed to bunker at canal.

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