Ferry excursion through Panama Canal?

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Sunny Cleveland, OHio
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Joined Oct 2016
Leaving in 13 days for a partial transit of the canal on ncl pearl.

We're booked for the ferry ride through the canal.

Anyone taken this excursion?

What to bring with me?

Also, no need to tell me not to book this, want to experience the locks since I'll never be in them again.
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Well I won't be the one to try and dissuade you from taking this shore excursion! As far as what to take other than stuff to protect you from the sun... glasses, hat, sun screen, maybe long sleeved shirt, camera etc. In 13 days Panama will still be in the Dry Season, all though towards the end of it, I doubt that you will have an issue with the rain. So if you want to real cautious perhaps a cheap poncho?? In the past they have provided a simple lunch as well as bottled water, beer has been available for purchase.

This is a great excursion when you are only doing a partial transit. While you won't have bragging rights that you have sailed from the Atlantic to Pacific, this excursion does offer you the chance to see a large part of the Canal by transiting the two Pacific Locks and Gaillard Cut on the ferry. Seeing the Canal operations from your Panamax cruise ship in the morning and then experiencing it from the smaller "ferry" gives you two complete perspectives.

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