Panama Canal

Key time to cruise: All year round
What we enjoyed: The operation to get through the canal is an experience and seeing the tropical rain forest, which is part of the route.

The Panamá Canal is a man-made 48-mile (77 km) waterway in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean (via the Caribbean Sea) to the Pacific Ocean. The canal cuts across the Isthmus of Panama and is a key conduit for international maritime trade. There are locks at each end to lift ships up to Gatun Lake, an artificial lake created to reduce the amount of excavation work required for the canal, 26 metres (85 ft) above sea level. The experience along the canal is supported by a pilot who takes charge of the ship to ensure safe navigation. It took Greywolf two days to travel through the canal and provided the crew with some close up encounters with other vessels.

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