If you’ve transited the Panama Canal, or are planning a Panama Canal Cruise, you will definitely want to get a copy of my book PANAMA CANAL DAY. The book is loosely based on the commentary I give from the bridge on ships transiting the Canal … but much expanded. It’s great background, not just about the history of the Canal, but how that history fits into the history of Panama and the Americas.
Most of the ships I’ve been on transiting the Panama Canal show old, outdated videos about the Canal, typically telling only the part of the story about the US construction, even, as in the case of the David McCullough video, questioning if Panama will be able to successfully manage the Canal! The gigantic mass-market cruise ships happily use the Canal as a sales toll to generate bookings, but once they get you onboard treat the Canal and Panama Canal day as a giant inconvenience to the main goal of getting you to spend money. Sometimes I think they forget the reason why people booked a Panama Canal Cruise in the first place.
So, first, buy my book and second watch these two great videos! The first is the best history of the Canal from the inception to the US turnover of the Canal to Panama. And the second is all about the Panama Canal Expansion program that was completed last summer, and what it means for the future of not just the Panama Canal but for worldwide shipping and the international economy. You’ll get to see behind the scenes of the construction and actually see inside the giant tunnels that feed water into the new locks.
These are the videos the cruise lines should show onboard. They are by far they far the best comprehensive videos about the Panama Canal.
PANAMA CANAL: PRIZED POSSESSION
PANAMA CANAL: POST-PANAMAX
This is information you won’t get on most gigantic cruise ships, but it will make your trip through the Canal so much more enjoyable!