Panama Canal transit on Queen Victoria time-lapse video shows the full 8-hour trip in a few minutes. Taken from a cabin balcony, the video shows passing through the locks and lakes of the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific.
Linking the Atlantic to Pacific Ocean, Panama Canal provides one of the most unforgettable cruising experiences. More than 10 years were needed to complete canal's 51 miles in 1914 and thus to avoid the lengthy and dangerous cruise around Cape Horn. The ships are lifted by 'The Big Ditch' through a fascinating feat of mechanics that is aided by onshore 'mule' locomotives via 3 great locks, traversing artificial lakes, channels blasted through rock, and dense jungle.