Posted September 3rd, 2017, 04:20 PM
Probably the easiest way not to miss anything is be on a forward deck where you can see ahead. That way you will be able to take in whatever is of interest, if is of particular interest and you have not seen all you would like to see more of, then you can follow it to which ever side. If you maintain a spot with a forward perspective then you will be able to see it all unfold. Things happen in the Canal at an easy pace, usually there is time to position yourself. If you are looking for the real prime position of being on the bow seeing the gates open and entering the lock, it will be a very popular spot as Bruce indicated.
Most cruisers will recommend you view part of your passage through the locks on one of the lower outside decks. It is really fantastic to see you ship slip by all that concrete and being so close as well. Depending on where you are on one of the lower decks, you should be able to get up close and almost personal with one of the "mules" (caution... don't feed them, special diet you know
) I would recommend you save this activity for the last lock in the direction you are transiting, which is Gatun Locks. By that time of the day a lot of the prime viewing spots are a lot easier to get.
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