FAQ about the Panama Canal Transit

1. Is the transfer from our hotel to the check in point included?

Transfers from hotels to our check in point is not included.

2. What is the best way to get to the Flamenco Marina?

The best way is by taxi. You can take a regular taxi from the street or have the hotel arrange one for you.

3. Are there hotels nearby the check in point?

Yes, there are three hotels nearby. The most popular one is the Country Inn Amador located at the beginning of the Causeway. There’s also the BeachHouse hotel in Naos Island and Amador OceanView in Perico Island.

4. What is the difference between a Northbound and Southbound Panama Canal transit?

The difference between the northbound and southbound Panama Canal transit is the direction that the Pacific Queen is headed. In the Northbound direction, the vessel heads towards the Atlantic Ocean (North part of the country). In the southbound directions, the vessel heads toward the Pacific Ocean (South part of the country). In both directions the vessel passes through the same places.

5. What should we bring?

You camera well charged is a must! Other than that, comfortable clothes, hat, sunglasses and sun block.

6. Are there snacks and drinks for sale?

You will find onboard snacks, such as chips, chocolates, etc.; and drinks such as ice tea, beers and wine.

7. How much time in advance should we make reservations?

We recommend to all passengers to make their reservations as soon as they are sure they want to take the tour.

8. Is there parking at the Flamenco Marina?

Flamenco Marina has plenty of parking. The best part is that is free.

9. Is there a souvenir shop onboard?

We have onboard a small souvenir shop with a variety of Panamanian arts and crafts hand made by our indigenous tribes. You will also find souvenirs allusive to the Panama Canal.

10. What is the duration of a Partial and Full Canal Tour?

The duration of the partial transit is between 4 to 5 hours. The Full transit is between 10 to 12 hours. Please bear mind that these timings are approximate as we depend on the Canal Schedule.

11. What is the currency in Panama?

In Panama our currency is in U.S. dollars.


This excursion was one of the best I've ever taken. It met all of my expectations. I will highly recommend it to friends & family and hope to take another transit of the canal someday.

Linda Janka,
March 12, 2015