04.20.2017 - 04.20.2017 85 °F
Our more than 10-hour transit of the Canal began as rope handlers rowed out to attach the Serenity to the little engines.
We entered the first set of locks. The day was partly overcast, perfect for enjoying this whole engineering marvel.
The locks will eventually raise our ship 85 feet above sea level to Gatun Lake, which is above the Continental Divide.
We are in the original locks, which have two lanes that can be used in either direction.
Canal operations are supported by a work force of over ten thousand men and women.
The new locks, which opened last summer, were built to accommodate the huge "Neo-Panamax" ships, like this one!
After arriving in Gatun Lake, we waited for our scheduled time to enter the locks which would lower us back to sea level and the Pacific Ocean.
An LPG Ship in the new Pacific locks
Hey, look, I can touch the walls - yes, it's a very tight fit!
Panama is building a huge new container port.
The Bridge of Americas at sunset
The setting sun spotlights Panama City's Bio Museum, which was designed by Frank Gehry
Modern Panama City catches the light.