Given its success and contributions to our global commerce, Panama has decided to invest more than $5 billion into expanding the Canal to allow larger ships to pass through. The expansion will allow an increase in trade volumes between Asia and the Americas.
As all this takes place, remember that you can actually sail through the Panama Canal during your next visit and experience what it takes to cross the 50-mile shortcut. There are a number of tour operators that offer full and half day excursions of various levels of luxury, such as the Pacific Queen and Panama Canal Tours, for example.
The biggest piece of advice for when it comes to sailing the Panama Canal is to be patient. Passing through the locks is not a swift process, and those not enthralled by the experience might find themselves itching for action. As a result, we recommend doing a half-day tour unless you consider yourself a fanatic.
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