Yes, I am getting excited.
The Yahoo Party: You will receive an invitation in your cabin with the time and place. The party is given by Oceania so it is their call. There is a list posted each Monday on the Yahoo board of the number of responses and we are over the magic number of 20 so the party will happen.
You can contact Oceania or your TA about transportation back to Heathrow, but, like you, I read on one of the boards that Oceania was not offering it. There are other alternatives: buses, trains and private transport. Like so many things, it is a question of time and money! I am still looking for someone to share our car and driver back to Gatwick.
We have not been on a Panama Canal cruise. We have cruised in the Med, Western Europe, the Baltic and the Carribean.
Are you spending any time in England before the cruise?