The Panama Canal has long been recognized as one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. More than a century ago, the 50-mile-long passage created the ultimate shortcut for ships – eliminating the perilous journey around the southern tip of South America and changing international trade forever. Here are a few lesser known facts about the Panama Canal.

  1. The waterway was originally meant to be built through Nicaragua. However, Americans were later convinced by French engineer Philippe-Jean Bunau-Varilla that Panama was a far safer choice due to the volcanoes in Nicaragua.DSC_0919
  2. The soil and rubble that was removed to build the canal could bury the entire island of Manhattan to a depth of about 12 feet.dreamstime_4243807_rt
  3. More than 50,000 workers from nearly 50 countries were employed to build this engineering marvel between 1904 and 1913.Panama_rt

There’s much more to learn about the incredible Panama Canal. Join us on one of these unique Panama Canal voyages to experience this modern wonder in person:

September 20, 2017| San Francisco to Miami aboard Regatta
December 29, 2017 | Miami to Lima aboard Marina
January 20, 2018 | Rio de Janeiro to Lima aboard Sirena
April 6, 2018 | Los Angeles to Miami aboard Marina