Panama Canal, Panama City

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A marvel of modern engineering, Panama Canal stretches for 77 km (48 mi) and links the Pacific with the Atlantic Ocean via the Caribbean Sea. France initiated the construction in 1888, and the United States completed it in 1914; today, it still ranks as one of the largest and most challenging projects of its kind. Over 14,000 vessels pass through the canal's three gravity-powered locks each year, avoiding the much longer route around the tip of South America. Be sure to admire the canal from both land and water--many local tour operators offer partial-transit cruises with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off. Put Panama Canal into our Panama City trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great cruise with Windstar 'Star Breeze' through the canal. Followed a container ship that barely had room. Unique experience.  more »
  • We were lucky enough to be able to experience sailing through the Panama Canal aboard the Disney Cruise Line. The experience was amazing and the cruise line prepped us all week with lectures from Capt...  more »
  • Engineering for its construction and operation make this mega structure a majestic place to visit. Talent and productivity by 200%.
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