Panama Canal/excursion help

Old Oct 31st, 2008, 09:01 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 192
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Panama Canal/excursion help

We just booked a cruise that only goes part way in the canal. It goesto Gatun Lake and then you can get off and take an excursion that will land you back at Colon. Of course the costs are high. My question is ...Can you get off and do something independently and end up in Colon to get back on. Taxi's? Buses? Visitor center etc.Does anyone have a website or contact that could help? thanks
heyjude2919 is offline  
Old Nov 20th, 2008, 03:22 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 460
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Ask this question on cruisecritic.com. You can ask on their "ask a cruise question' board and it can also be asked on the ship's board there and their ports board.
At just about all the ports you can get the same tours offered by the ship for a lot less$$$. Why do you want to go to Colon? Colon is not on Lake Gatun is it?
bonniejns is offline  
Old Nov 22nd, 2008, 08:31 AM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 192
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
bonniejns,thaks for replying. From what I see of my cruise, the ships arrives at Gatun Lake in the morning and is only there an hour (9-10) and then is at Colon aat 3pm. So I susrmise from their excursions that are 6-8 hours that some people will be getting off at Gatun Lake and then ending up in Colon. That's why I was asking about Colon? I guess I need to call the cruise line and get myself straight. But thanks for the cruise critic site. J
heyjude2919 is offline  
Old Nov 23rd, 2008, 04:53 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 165
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We did the partian PC cruise on the Coral Princess last January. The ship let people off in Gatum Lake, they then went on a bus tour, I think, to Panama City and back to Cristobal. The ship left Gatum Lake and went to Cristobal where tour excursions met up with the ship. People said that it was a very long hot day. We had already done a full PC cruise so were in interested in this excursion. I may be wrong about where they went, but they just said it was long and hot.
fosterag is offline  
Old Nov 24th, 2008, 06:46 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,040
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
heyjude - if you are sailing Princess, you absolutely cannot get off in Gatun Lake UNLESS you are on a ship-sponsored excursion.

Not sure about other lines.

And then when you dock in Colon (if you stay on the ship), there is a big open-air marketplace where you can buy handmade crafts etc. but otherwise there is noplace to go/no time to get there.
swaymock is offline  
Old Nov 24th, 2008, 01:59 PM
  #6  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 192
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for your post. I guess I need to take the HAL excursion or stay on the ship.
Is there anyone out there that has done an excursion from Gatun Lake and really enjoyed it? Thanks
heyjude2919 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
d4sunshine
Cruises
4
Mar 19th, 2010 01:17 PM
suze1
Cruises
4
Aug 28th, 2009 01:25 PM
hayjax
Cruises
7
Sep 13th, 2006 12:27 PM
dadof3
Cruises
6
Jun 28th, 2005 10:29 AM
Chet
Cruises
13
Jul 11th, 2002 09:36 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information