A CZBrat Transits The Panama Canal
The Eversons went through the Canal
in April on the Holland America Lines Zaandam.
There are several of the Cut widening work, especially that taking place just north of Pedro Miguel locks on the West Bank. It looked like that area would be wide enough for a tie off station for ships waiting to transit the Cut - but I'm not sure if that is the intent. There was excavation going on on land (by contractor) and underwater (by APC Dredging Division resources).
Both Gatun and Miraflores seemed to have ongoing work to replace the bull wheels (that open the lock gates) with the new hydraulic apparatus. Don't recall seeing replacement work at Pedro Miguel.
There is one photo of the PRR laying down ties in the vicinity of the old Pedro Miguel train station. That structure is now gone (it was there last Xmas).
Some photos showing the Panama City skyline - granted, we were 6 decks above the water line, but we were surprised at how many tall buildings we could see behind the hills as the ship traveled from Miraflores out past the Fortified Islands.
The Country Inn by Carlson adjacent to the BYC at Amador does not look to be complete. Close, but not yet.
From the ship at anchor in Limon Bay we could see a whole forest of container cranes at Cristobal and Coco Solo - many more than at Balboa.
The tiny San Blas Island we stopped at hosts 61 cruise ships per year. No dock, so we tendered in in the ships life boats. 1200 folks on our ship - not all went ashore, but enough did that when added to the Cuna sales force, we were all like angry ants climbing across our hill that had just been proded by a stick in the hands of some shoeless CZ brat.
May 19, 2001