01.24.2015 - 01.24.2015 85 °F
We are about to get tied up to the locomotives that will guide us through the first set of locks. Our passage today was smooth and operated right on schedule. Scattered clouds and a light breeze even kept guests from getting sunburned.
In last year's blog (we were here on Jan. 11, 2014) we included some of the fascinating facts about this amazing canal that links the Atlantic and Pacific oceans across the Continental Divide.
Noriega is still locked here in his prison on the banks of the Canal.
Our transit lasted from our entrance at 7:00am until almost 4:00pm
Ahead, dark skies over Balboa and Panama City - off to the right, construction of the new locks continues.
The rains never came.
At the Miraflores Locks a crowd watched the passing ships, cheering at our captain to blow the ship's horn, which he did.
We sailed under the Bridge of the Americas and into the Bay of Panama on our way to the Pacific Ocean.
Now completed and just opened in October, the Biodiversity Museum: Panama Bridge of Life, designed by Frank Gehry, brightens up the dark skies.