On 7th November, the ‘Caribbean Princess’ became the first cruise vessel of the 2017/2018 cruise season to transit the expanded Panama Canal and was also believed to be the largest to date.
As part of its round trip itinerary, the ‘Caribbean Princess’, operated by Princess Cruises, undertook a turnaround transit through Agua Clara Locks on the Atlantic side.
The cruise ship began its 10-night itinerary from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, calling at the Bahamas, Cartagena (Colombia), Cristobal (Panama), Puerto Limon (Costa Rica) and the Cayman Islands with 3,086 passengers on board.
The Panama Canal expects to receive around 236 cruise ships through the Panamax and Neopanamax locks during the forthcoming 2017-2018 cruise season, which officially began on 2nd October, 2017.
Around 11 cruise ships will transit either the Canal’s Panamax or Neopanamax locks for the first time.