Whatever you call it, it is really an impressive structure; not extremely large, as bridges go, but beautiful to the eye and well proportioned. And very dramatic when you stop to think it connects two continents.
It is one of the "must do cruises" on our list. In addition we just hosted a family from the region. They have invited us to join them at their home for a vacation. They enjoyed the Yosemite sights and would like us to see their Country. We might do that as well. Perhaps I will send you a photo from the bridge looking down on a cruise ship!!
I have done a full transit of the Panama Canal twice and a 10 day partial transit of the Panama Canal. To me, it is one of travel's great experiences. I suggest that you do some reading on what it took to get the Canal built, specifically "the Path between the Seas" by David McCullough.
Take a good look around you as you watch ships moved in and out of the locks by the diesel locomotives called "mules", and go to the very front of the ship and watch the magic of how the locks doors open and close.
I do not believe that it is a guy thing because my wife has enjoyed our cruises involving the panama Canal as much as I have.