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Old 07-26-2006, 06:52 AM
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We are on the Brillance of the Seas next April. We are excited about seeing the Panama Canal, but how much do you really see?

I believe it enters the canal at Cristobel and goes to Gatun Lake. Is it daylight when it arrives or do you go through the locks in the morning in the dark?

We want to take the train excursion, but if this means we miss going through the locks in daylight, it makes this a difficult choice.

Has anyone taken the train excursion? If so, was it worth the price?

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Old 07-26-2006, 10:50 AM
Join Date: Jan 2006
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We took a Celebrity cruise to the Panama Canal last year. Because the ship did not actually go into the canal, we took the train ride hoping to see how the locks worked, etc. It was very enjoyable and we felt it was worth the money. BUT, we did not actually experience the Canal. The train did not stop at any of the locks and we were unable to see them from the train.

Since the Brilliance is actually going to Gatun Lake, you should have an opportunity to see the locks from the ship. If that is the case, then I think you would really enjoy the train excursion as a way of seeing Panama, hearing some of the history, visiting Panama City, etc.
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