|The Panama Canal is a 48 mile long ship canal that joins the Atlantic Ocean & Caribbean to the Pacific Ocean and is a key passage of water for the international maritime trade. One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the canal had an enormous impact on shipping between the two oceans, replacing the long and treacherous route via the Drake Passage and Cape Horn at the southernmost tip of South America. A ship sailing from New York to San Francisco via the canal travels 6,000 miles: well under half the 14,000 mile route around Cape Horn in South America.
The Panama Canal - A narrow stretch of engineering mastery was completed in 1914. It connects the Pacific’s pulsating cities of Mexico such as Acapulco with the islands of the Caribbean, Southeast USA & the Atlantic. The 48 mile picturesque cruise along the Panama Canal is an unforgettable experience with the average time spent travelling between the two oceans approximately ten hours. Each vessel is raised 26 metres in the locks to meet Gatun Lake and each lockage uses 197 million litres of fresh water, which ultimately ebbs away to the sea.
As your cruise ship is guided through the locks, just inches from the canal’s sides, you can look out to the wild jungle beyond, watch the tropical birds overhead and take in the chatter and atmostphere of the rainforest’s wildlife as you cruise on by.