There are many ships which do the full transit so you can have your pick of virtually all the cruise lines and select your favourite, mine is Azamara. The best time is from now or November if you are looking at next year, until April. .... Neil.
Hi Neal - Thanks for your answer. I have been looking at a cruise with Celebrity on the Mercury going on the 12th April 2009 - will the weather be OK then as I think I have got quite a good deal on this one and it does the full transit of the canal. Thanks Sandra.
Hi Sandra, we travelled on Mercury (To Austalia/NZ) earlier in the year and felt the ship was a disappointment. she is really showing her age and neither facilities or food matched up to our previous experience with Celebrity. I see from the Celebrity brochure that Infinity is also doing full transits of the canal next year and would regard her in a more favourable light!Cynthia.
Hi Sandra, I haven't been on Mercury but I do like Celebrity a lot. I also trust Cynthia's taste and it could be that Mercury is not long for Celebrity anyway. Might I suggest that you try to get a similar deal on Celebrity's Infinity at about the same time in April 2009. I understand that there is a £400 off per cabin offer and a $200 on board credit flying around for Celebrity at the moment. Now Infinity I do like and would recommend. .... Neil.
Hi.....I agree with Neil and would recommend going on Celebrity's Infinity through the Panama Canal, if you can get a booking. The Infinity (and sister ships Summit, Millenium and Constellation) are all bigger ships than the Mercury, although still very "cosy" and not as overwhelming as some of the huge ships which some other lines have. We are confirmed Celebrity fans and have taken three trips with them in 15 months. We took the Panama Canal trip from Fort Lauderdale in April 2008 and thoroughly enjoyed it. The stops were in Jamaica, Colombia, Costa Rica, three stops in Mexico, then ended up in San Francisco. An excellent voyage. The food on Infinity is very good but the thing we find most different on Celebrity is the level of service and the warm and helpful attitude of all the personnel. Everyone seems to really care! We have not found that on some other cruise lines!
Dear cruiser, Princess are doing a full transit of the Panama next year, either Oct or Nov 09 on Coral Princess Have a look at the itenerary, it looks great. I can vouch for the ship as we went on her a couple of years ago & its a fab ship. We also love Princess having just returned from our 4th & booked again for next year !!! Happy cruising .