Thanks for your info regarding the time to sail Panama Canal. My husband thinks he has convinced me to wait until April 2009. He's still in love with the idea of coming and going from LA. I would love to do the full transit between Christmas and New Years this year. So...what we've agreed on at this point is not to go late this Sept. Since he has offered to buy new appliances and flooring for the kitchen and a weeks trip to San Francisco, I may just go along with waiting until April for the next big cruise.
Thanks again for advice.