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Miraflores Locks by Night

View the gargantuan ships that make their way through the Miraflores Locks’ chambers and visit exhibitions, which include historical objects of canal operations, interactive modules, video presentations, and models of the Panama Canal. Four exhibition halls, organized by themes, constitute the heart of the Miraflores Visitor Center: Hall One portrays the background, technological innovations, and sanitary initiatives that went hand in hand with the construction of the Canal. Hall Two emphasizes the importance of water, conservation of the environment, protection of the Canal watershed, the diversity of fauna and flora and sustainable management. Hall Three depicts in an entertaining manner how the Canal operates and offers a navigation simulator through one of the lock culverts. Hall Four provides information on the importance of the Canal to world trade and identifies the main commodities and types of vessels that transit the waterway. Continuing with your tour, you will stop for photos at the Administration Building in the former Canal Zone area. In December, 1999, administration of the canal was returned to Panama and the PCZ went silent. Today, it is very much intact and is a fascinating sight, not to be missed.Notes:Depending on canal scheduling, you may or may not actually see vessels in the lock chambers. This tour is only available on sailings with late evening departures. Due to the very hot climate of Panama, buses have tinted windows to avoid the heat of the day. The same buses are used in the evening, so the tinting precludes clear viewing from inside the bus.
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5 out of 6(83%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Miraflores Locks by Night
Review 1 for Miraflores Locks by Night
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Wonderful way to see locks up close

Date:May 13, 2013
Frick
Location:New Jersey
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:April
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
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We had a great tour guide. The information was great. Overall informative experience.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
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Review 2 for Miraflores Locks by Night
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Not Enough Time

Date:March 21, 2013
catmama49
Location:South New Jersey
Cruise Date Year:2013
Cruise Date Month:March
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Enjoyed it?
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Had to be tendered from the boat for this excursion. Supposed to leave at 6:10pm, actually 7:10pm. Heavy traffic consumed another hour. Arrived at museum about 8:15, just before closing. Museum is VERY NICE with EXCELLENT view of Milaflores locks. Guide said we would have 1 hour 40 minutes but then the buses left at 9:15. Very disappointing. For this port I recommend tendering in to shore and having dinner and drinks in one of the many local restaurants.
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
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Review 3 for Miraflores Locks by Night
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Miraflores Locks by Night

Date:March 13, 2011
carl
Location:zip code 17201
Cruise Date Month:February
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
goog activity exh.a little strong on fauna very good on construction. large wall map excellent guide in exibit excellent need 50-100%more time when you consider the cost of trip not enough emphisis on the canal no time available to panama city
overall satisfaction 98%good
Cruise Date Year:2011
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+8points
8out of 8found this review helpful.
Review 4 for Miraflores Locks by Night
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great tour for an engineering junkie

Date:March 7, 2011
Roebling
Location:Washington, DC
Cruise Date Month:February
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
If you have any interest in TR and massive engineering projects, don't miss this tour. And if you have no interest in either of these things, go anyway, it is an amazing perspective.
Cruise Date Year:2011
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+9points
9out of 9found this review helpful.
Review 5 for Miraflores Locks by Night
Overall Rating
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

A MUST DO before your Canal transit!

Date:January 14, 2011
GrayGrammy
Location:Arizona
Cruise Date Month:December
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Enjoyed it?
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
This tour, taken the evening before our Eastbound transit, made our adventure through the Panama Canal - especially through the Miraflores Locks - even more interesting and fun. Although we had done a good deal of research before taking our cruise, we learned much more at the Miraflores Visitors Center. It was particularly exciting to stand at ground level, outdoors, watching ships passing just a few yards in front of us, going both directions through the locks.
Since it was thoroughly dark at the time of the tour, stopping to take photos at the Canal's Administration Building seemed really dumb to us, but every other part of this tour was terrific. DO IT!!!
Cruise Date Year:2010
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
+15points
15out of 15found this review helpful.
Ratings-Only Reviews for Miraflores Locks by Night
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Would recommend? Yes 1 out of 1
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