Monday, October 2, 2017
Panama.- Cruise tourism is gaining ground in the Panama Canal, which 235 ships are expected to cross during the 2017-2018 season.
The first vessel to cross the inter-oceanic waterway will be the Island Princess, which departs for a 19-day voyage from the U.S. port of Los Angeles, along the west coast of North and Central America.
The Panama Canal will handle 20 transits through the new locks, including the cruise ships Caribbean Princess, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Splendor, Disney Wonder and Norwegian Bliss.
The world's major shipping companies, like Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, will offer itineraries that include total or partial crossings of the Panama Canal.
In addition, 11 cruise ships belonging to Princess Cruise, Norwegian Cruise, Carnival Cruises, Viking Ocean Cruises, Silverseas Cruises, Lindblad Special Expedition and CMA CGM will use the canal for the first time during the 2017-2018 season.