Posted August 1st, 2010, 04:09 PM
I'll throw my 2 cents in with AA in the previous post. Taking the partial transit on the ferry will give you a very good sampling of what the Canal is all about. The partial transit takes you through some of the more visually dramatic sections of the Canal. Even though you will have taken a partial transit, it will in no way deminish a full transit whenever you are able to take one. If by chance you are on a cruise that is doing a partial transit (as opposed to a cruise that just stops in Colon) combining the partial transit on the cruise ship and the partial transit on the ferry gives you two unique perspectives of the Canal operation.
While not trying to sell the railroad short, IMO the Canal is the main attraction in this case. The railroad has a lot of history and played a major role in the construction of the Canal, however you really don't see that much of the Canal from the railroad. The railroad is a nice excursion, but I would reccomend the partial transit on the ferry in this case.
The perfect solution is to plan another cruise to the Canal
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