pictures from a cruise – part ten – Panama Canal


We continue our picture essay series with sailing through the Panama Canal. We provide all 30 pictures to give some idea what it is like to be on board a ship that is passing through the canal.  (Some pictures are better than others.)  We also share a few images of the locks of the canal.

Interested readers may also enjoy one of our earlier essays from July, 2012.

Here is a link to some facts about the canal.  You can navigate around this site to learn more.

Nearly 100 years since it was completed, this waterway links the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean Sea (and thus the Atlantic Ocean).


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Here is information provided by the cruise ship.




Visitors viewing part of the canal.


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Sailing to or from the canal area depending which direction your ship is sailing.


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Another view.


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Cargo ships from various countries use the canal each day.


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Asian shipping lines use the canal.


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One more ship.


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Scenery on the way to the canal.  Tropical scenery.


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A roadway near the canal.


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More scenery along the shore.


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Another view.


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We are now getting closer to where the shipping action is.


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Buildings adjacent to the canal.


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More nearby buildings and waterways.


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More ancillary areas in the vicinity.


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More related equipment.  Almost to the locks and the canal proper.


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At the bottom of this next picture, one can see the concrete wall of the canal.


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One of the locks of the canal.  Getting the sequence of these next 4 images correct was a bit puzzling for a moment.  The cruise ship must have been holding steady for a few minutes as the water level of the lock was lowered. During that time, the nearby ship moved up in its lane. (First 2 pics have some camera difficulties with proper color.)


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Here is the next image of the sequence.


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The gates have closed.


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In this final view, we again see the nearby ship and that the lock’s gate is further away.


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A closer view of one of the gates of the locks.


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In this next picture, we can see the different levels of the water.  Obviously, the 2 oceans have the same “sea level”.  The challenge for the water way is traversing the countryside of Panama which does have changes in elevation of the land that the canal passes through.


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The gates of a lock closing in these next 2 pics.


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The next view.


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A ship in the canal.


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In this next view, we see more of the lane of the canal that the cruise ship was in.


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Further from the gate of the lock now.


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Looks to be the same ship further along under a more cloud darkened sky.


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Thanks for reading/viewing.  We hope you have enjoyed this simple tour of the Panama Canal.  The canal was a major boon to ocean going commerce as it greatly reduces shipping distances for many destinations.

Next essay, we will visit the northern part of South America (America del Sur).