It was 0330 in the morning when our ship approached the entrance to the canal. Not the first ship in the convoy and certainly not the last. We were directly followed by one of the Costa Cruise ships with several large container ships + at least one Roll-Roll behind it. There was the same scattering of escort vessels both in front and behind. Obviously it was dark with sunrise not till close to 0700. As a result, our view of the first part of the trip was limited by light sources but we did get a better view of the newer, parallel portion of the canal that is near the end.
Photos are in order taken. Both banks are represented. The differences in agriculture, land, management, military and usage are obvious.