Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Slo-o-o-ow Cruising in . . . . . & Port #6

If you guessed that we where going to the Panama Canal, you were right! It will take us from 6:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. to go through the canal. This is so-o-o interesting to see how the ships are taken through the locks.

This s a good view of the locks. This ship will be raised as it goes through the Panama Canal.

To give you an idea of how huge this freighter is, each of those containers are the size of a semi truck trailer.
Do you see the little train looking thing just to the back and left of the freighter? That engine pulls/pushes this huge ship through the canal. Cables are hooked to the ship and the little train engine actually power the ship through the series of locks. The last time we went through, it cost our ship around $170,000. 00 to go through the canal!

This is the beautiful Centennial Bridge.

At the end the day we stop at the Cristobal Pier where we will be greeted by dancers. They have a huge market and restaurants at this pier. We will only be at the pier for 2 hours before moving on.


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