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I'm hoping to go on a Panama Canal trip next year. Someone has told me that the ships don't go through the Panama during daylight hours! Is this true?
Submitted by - , EASTLEIGH - United Kingdom / Subject - All Cruises General
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Comment by , Ashby-de-la-zouch (13 Mar 12 10:49) about a QUESTION by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 11:21)
We sailed through the Panama Canal from Pacific to Atlantic last October. The day started early and in brilliant sunshine, but when we had negotiated the first locks, the clouds rolled in and it started to rain. We retreated to our balcony, until that too was awash. I have never seen rain like it or experienced such a thunder storm. However it was over in half an hour and the sun was shining on the rain forest and the trees were steaming. I would not have missed it for the world. It is not called the 'rain forest' for nothing. Judith
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Comment by , Seascale (12 Mar 12 19:32) about a QUESTION by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 11:21)
www.webcamgalore.com - If you look at these web cams of the Panama Canal, you'll see that most cruise ships are booked to go through the canal in daylight, and there's often crowds of people in the viewing areas, watching them. It costs a great deal for the cruise line to book these cruises, and the Panamanians offer control of web cams for people watching relatives going through- for a price. I doubt a cruise line would go for a night time passage- people go for the daytime experience.- Jo.
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Comment by , Castletown (12 Mar 12 17:00) about a QUESTION by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 11:21)
Hi , we have just came back from a round trip of Panama canal from Fort Lauderdale on Island Princess. You will need to get up early as we arrived at the locks about 6.00am in the dark which was a spectacular sight, but by the time we finished going through Gatun locks it was broad daylight. A wonderful experience.
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Comment by , Castletown (12 Mar 12 17:37) about a COMMENT by Callister (12 Mar 12 17:00)
Just like to add photos I took going through the Locks. https://plus.google.com/photos/100394323365846369240/albums/5718689635188343665
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Comment by , EASTLEIGH (12 Mar 12 12:08) about a QUESTION by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 11:21)
Thanks guys... don't know where this 'friend' got their information!
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Comment by , Worcester (12 Mar 12 15:24) about a COMMENT by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 12:08)
Maybe he was crew on a freighter. Either way, it's a great journey so hope you manage to do it (in the daylight).
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Comment by , Rugby (12 Mar 12 12:02) about a QUESTION by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 11:21)
The canal works 24hours but cruiseships plan their trips to go through during daylight hours....Brian
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Comment by , Royston (12 Mar 12 11:34) about a QUESTION by Pitfield (12 Mar 12 11:21)
Not true! The cruise ships book to go through in thre daylight.
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