February 14 2013
Because they don't have the new canal finished our cruise ship was too big to be able to transverse the canal. Our Cruise left the port at Fort Lauderdale and returned to the same port. We were on the Atlantic Ocean for the full cruise.
However, the morning of Valentines Day we were up and off the ship at 7am (yes...for you doubters, I did get up in time to shower, dress, get my makeup and hair fixed, have a full Breakfast and then head down to exit the ship by 7 am (That's FIVE AM to you Utahns!!!)
They loaded us on busses (I think there were 14 busloads of people heading out to go through the Panama canal from our ship that morning!) and off we went to the opposite side of Panama - the Pacific Ocean!!!!
We learned an awfully lot about Panama on the hour long drive across country - especially about how much Panama received from the United States when we turned our whole system over to Panama itself. We offloaded at a beautiful little boat dock area with lots and lots of sailboats moored and got onto some large ferries.
This is one street downtown Colon.