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Old 10-26-2008, 04:51 PM
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I am thinking about booking this excursion from the Island Princess. What experience have others had? Do you cruise with the ship thru the locks into the lake? Where do you reboard the ship? Is the bus ride okay? Thanks.
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Old 10-26-2008, 06:13 PM
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I think the best vantage point is from the ship itself; but others have taken the tours and enjoyed them very much. Your own balcony is the best place from which to see the operation of the Canal.
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:35 AM
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Having a balcony is OK but if you want to see everything except a one sided view of the the canal you'll have to bounce around the ship in order to get decent photo's. We stayed on the ship after passing through the first set of locks while anchored in Gatun lake. This barely gave the crew enough time to unload the tenders for the tour people & get them to shore. Once they reloaded the tenders we were on our way back thought the locks to pick up passengers from tours in Christobal arriving there at 3 PM. In Christobal you'll fine a building on the pier within 50 feet of the gangway to do some shopping for the local crafts.
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:57 PM
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I took the Island Princess Round trip from Ft. Lauderdale Dec 14 -24, 08. I throughly enjoyed this excursion from the ship. It allow us to travel through all the Canal locks. It provide a more up close viewing of the Pacific locks than being on the ship. You could actually touch the inside walls and watch as the water lowered you inside the lock. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone wanting to see how the locks work. The ride was smooth, the buffet was okay, the bus ride back across the country was eventful due to all the road construction.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:44 AM
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Thanks for letting us know, Princess Traveler. We've booked the Island for next April to do the Panama Canal (10 day rt Ft. Lauderdale). Paula, our cruise specialist on board the Royal, said to go through on board then take an excursion to view it up close. We thought we'd take her advise. Go one way on board, then the other way on an excursion. We've been on many of those "exciting" bus rides.

If you have a chance, please let us know how you enjoyed your cruise. Welcome back!
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:42 AM
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Rich C. and others...I'm cunfused I am also looking to take the Exotic Panama Canal 10 day cruise which it seems to me it passes through the Panama Canal and you can get off between 5am and return to ship 4:30 pm and then the next day says: Fuerte Amador, Panama (for Panama City) 5p - 10p???So does this cruise pass through and
the day it stops you are talking about people taking excursions on smaller boats into the canal again???
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:38 AM
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I was on the 10 day Round trip from Ft. Lauderdale, so our cruise did not complete the journey through the canal. I left the ship in the Gatun Lake and was taken through the Pacific Locks on a ferry. We were then bused back to Colon to reboard our ship. The Exotic Cruise does make a complete trek through all the locks. I think you days are confused. Day 5 will take you through the canal with a stop that evening in Panama City. You will begin entering the Atlantic canal area at 5:00 am and finish on the Pacific side at about 4:30 pm. It then appears you have time to visit Panama City in the evening if you stayed on the ship. Those folks who took excursion will be transported by bus back to the ship that evening before departure. I would not see the need to take this excursion if your ship is making a complete voyage of the canal. I would highly recommend it for those on the round trip cruise from Ft. Lauderdale.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:41 PM
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thank you for the info...I have alot to look into......
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