The Panama Canal was completed on August 15, 1914, allowing vessels to pass from the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea, through the narrowest point of the Isthmus of Panama. It raises ships from sea level to the level of Gatun Lake, which is 85 feet above sea level, and then lowers them back to sea level on the other side of the isthmus. It is a marvel of engineering, considering that it continues to use the technology of over 100 years ago.
Our ship passed through one of two side-by-side locks. These locks are a 110 feet wide, which is mind boggling considering that our ship, the Coral Princess, was 105.6 feet in width.
Mark and I got up early in the morning and went from our room on Deck 9 to a balcony on Deck 11 at the front of the ship. This was taken at 6:13 a.m.
After passing through the Pedro Miguel Locks (11:19 a.m.),
The clouds cast really beautiful reflections on the water (1:34 p.m.)
Almost through (3:54 p.m.)
The fee for our cruise ship was approximately $480,000!
The chance to go through this amazing feat of engineering was something we will never forget.