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Sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Panama Canal and its ingenious system of locks is an engineering feat. When construction was completed in 1914, vessels could sail conveniently from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean (and vice versa) through the Isthmus of Panama without having to take the incredibly time-consuming journey all the way around the tip of South America.
The Panama Canal is comprised of several artificial lakes, channels and reservoirs, and three lock systems. It takes a typical cruise ship about eight hours to make the journey from one ocean to the other. Cruising passengers remain onboard to marvel at the impressive engineering while their ship is raised and lowered through the locks. Along the way, passengers can admire other boats-from pleasure yachts to enormous cargo ships-as they make the journey, too. Scenic vistas are plentiful, with the lush jungle and countryside that surround the many lakes.