Work started on the building of the Panama Canal in 1880 by an engineer named Ferdinand de Lesseps and was finally finished in 1914 taking over 30 years to complete. The canal was originally belonging to Colombia, then it was France and then the Americans, before finally reverting to Panama in 1999 and has become known as the largest short cut in the world as you traverse over 80km of the locks, gates and lakes of the Panama Canal.
Whilst onboard your cruise, you'll enter each lock where a team of rail engines, which are known as "mules" guide you on your voyage through another series of locks until your ship is then lowered in order to reach the other side.
If your a cruise fans with an interest in the facts and figures of the Panama Canal, have a look at these. Each lock along the camal is 33.5m wide and 320m long and can be anywhere between 19 to 24m deep, each gate width is 19.5 metres and their height reaches 20m. If all that info is proving too much to take in, or you just want to head off, then sit back, grab your camera and soak up one of the most incredible and unique cruise experiences in the world.
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