Cruise Ship Season Starts For Panama Canal
Saturday, September 29 2012 @ 06:53 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said in a statement the Coral Princess transited through the Miraflores locks today Saturday, heading into the Atlantic, as part of a 14-day cruise.
The Voyage of the Coral Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, began in Los Angeles (California, USA), with a final destination port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The International Trade Specialist of the Office of Research and Market Analysis of the Panama Canal, Jaime Castillo, said they expect about 200 cruise ship transits this season through the international waterway.
Shipping lines such as Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line mobilize their ships in 10 day itineraries with the navigation to and through the destination of the Panama Canal as the main attraction.
Some smaller cruise ships, among which include the National Geographic Sea Lion and the Wind Star, will make short voyages between the Caribbean islands and the east and west coasts of Central America, said the statement of the ACP.
During this season, the cruise ship Carnival Miracle operated by Carnival Cruise Lines, has scheduled its inaugural transit on 22 March. The journey from the port of New York will take 15 days and the final destination will be the port of Long Beach in California. (Panama America)