Very early that morning, the Panama Canal
"pilot" boarded the Island Princess.

There was some beautiful scenery as we
headed toward the first set of locks.

This is a "retired" locomotive.

We watched the first transit from our balcony
while we enjoyed our morning coffee.

These locomotive, called mules,
actually guide the ships through.

We followed this ship from Japan
for the entire transit.

While we watched the side view from our
balcony, we could see the view at the
front of the ship via the TV in our cabin.

The Island Princess is a Panamax Ship. That
means it was built the maximum width and
length to transit the canal. You can see
how close the ship is to the side of the lock!


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