Lane wakes up at dawn to find that we have entered the holding area for ships waiting to enter the Canal.
Soon the pilot boat joins us.
Besides officials, they send along a variety of boxes and jugs – most of which are simply tossed aboard the Pacific Princess, making for a brief bit of entertainment.
There is not much happening yet, so we eat breakfast on the fantail while the sun comes up.
Once it does, the city shimmers in the distance.
And the frigate birds begin to soar overhead.
We are on our way through the locks.