Contributor Level: Captain

Disney Wonder first passenger ship thru new locks

Cruise tidbit from today that I thought was interesting.  Apparently non-passenger ships have been using the new locks but Disney Wonder is the first passenger ship to pass through them.  The full article, short actually, is from a competing website so didn't add the link.  But a quick Google search can get you there if you desire.  (The C/C website.)


"(4 p.m. EDT) -- Disney Wonder today became the first passenger vessel to sail through the Panama Canal's new expanded locks, the first of 18 cruise ships scheduled to make the journey during the 2017-2018 season."


Caribbean Princess is scheduled to go through the new locks this year.  Couldn't pass through the old ones. 


Panama Canal is on my bucket list.  Maybe next year.  Any Panama Canal transit vets have any input?

Tags: Panama Canal Central America

4 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

I would have loved to been on that ship.  We finally did the Panama Transit this past December.  I wish we hadn't waited so long, however we were able to watch a tanker go into the new locks. If we were to do it again, I think we would go East to West (instead of West to East as we did) because you lose time on the cruise as you transit time zones and would gain it the other way.  It may only be a few hours, but it would be nice to add cruise time. My most important advice...DO IT!

Contributor Level: Captain

Were the lifeguards on duty ?

Contributor Level: Admiral

I, too, would have loved to be on that ship.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

We went thru the Panama Canal on the Carnival Miracle.  It was a repositioning cruise leaving from New York and ending up in Long Beach Calif.  Also we went to the canal(not thru it) from Galveston on the Triumph.  Next year we are going on a partial transit of the canal from Galveston on the Freedom..  This is a great cruise and we have been on some great excursions.  Most people put the Alaska cruise as the best, but our opinion is the canal is better.  All these trips were 14 days, no kids, some people called it the old folks cruise


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