Through the Panama Canal – The Washington Blade

Author: , June 23rd, 2018

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Most of us have some things on a bucket list we want to do during our lifetime. One of mine was to travel through the Panama Canal. Fascination with, and dreaming about going through the canal began for me in elementary school when I saw a film on the building of the canal.

Last week, the dream became a reality in a spectacular way on Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship Bliss. This spectacular ship only came out of dry-dock for sea tests a few months ago. It is the largest passenger ship to ever traverse the canal. I am on the Bliss for a cruise from Miami to Los Angeles. The Bliss is an amazing 19-deck ship with everything from a go-cart race track to an upgraded spa with ice room. It has eight specialty restaurants and the Observation Lounge, the most beautiful room I have ever seen on a ship. It was designed for Alaska cruising to allow passengers a 180-degree view while relaxing in total luxury. On our cruise it is the nightly meeting place for the LGBTQ+ happy hour or as NCL still lists it on its daily newsletter “Friends of Dorothy.”

Our fifth day at sea was Panama Canal Day. I was up at dawn and out on my balcony. There was a real feeling of excitement. The ship began to come to life at 5 a.m. and by 6 the sun was trying to break through the clouds as we passed Gatum Dam and headed into the lake where there were a least a dozen other ships, most looked like oil tankers, waiting to traverse the canal. The Amsterdam, a ship that had been by our side in Cartagena the day before was just ahead of us. She is a much smaller ship and was going through the old canal while we were headed to the new one.

By Peter Rosenstein – Full Story at The Washington Blade

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History of the Panama Canal

Author: , March 19th, 2013

Panama CanalPeople are always looking for new and exciting cruise destinations. Well next time you are thinking of going on a cruise holiday, why not consider the Panama Canal? The Panama Canal links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and offers a unique cruise experience – but what has made it so special?

Officially opened in 1914 after many years of construction, the canal has undergone significant engineering in the past. It is a shortcut that was made so that ships could travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in half the time it took previously. It cuts through the Isthmus of Panama and is used frequently within the shipping trade.

As a venture, the construction of the Panama Canal cost more than any other American project before that time. Between 1904 and 1914, $352 million was spent on the canal by the Americans alone – a figure equivalent to around #223 million. Combined costs for both French and Americans were closer to $640 million (#406 million) and 80,000 people were thought to be involved, with as many as 30,000 losing their lives as a result of their involvement.

Authored By Robeet Schrader – See the Full Story at Leave Your Daily Hell

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Canal Inn B&B, Panama City

Author: , November 28th, 2010

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Panama Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Canal Inn B&B - Panama CityAt Canal Inn Bed & Breakfast, we welcome everyone to come explore Panama City, and provide a safe, clean, peaceful place for you to stay diring your Panama adventure.

Our beautiful Panama City inn is centrally located and is very private. We’re connected to both roads: to the north (Gamboa – Colon) and to the west (Azuero – Chiriquí – Costa Rica).

Canal Inn offers very comfortable guest rooms, surrounded by lovely tropical gardens filled with colorful flowers, plants and birds.

It’s close to great local restaurants, our train station, the historic colonial area, shopping, the airport and of course, the famous Panama Canal and Bridge of the Americas.

Looking for a great, gay friendly place to stay here in Panama City? Come stay with us at the Canal Inn!

See the Canal Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here