We will be going on a Panama Canal cruise either in Oct 2003 or January 2004. Does anyone have any advice on which side of the ship (left or right) we should book a room? Is pne side any better than the other? Our travel agent said the left side is better--that there are a lot more great things to see on that side. By the way we will be going east from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Also, is a room at the front of the ship better or a room was at the back of the ship. We will be getting a balcony room. Has anyone been on the concierge level of the Infinity ship of Celebrity cruises? Is it worth the extra $$$$? We have an opportunity to book a room totally at the back of the ship--at the stern but not on the concierge level. Would booking a conierge level room be worth it for a 14 day cruise & sacrifice the room at the back of the ship? thanks for any words of wisdom.
We sailed from the Caribbean-Atlantic into Gatum Lake, anchored, and then back out to Colon. We then were on the Two Oceans Dome Rail Road excursion to the Pacific side. It was really neat, breakfast on the Atlantic, lunch on the Pacific, and supper on the Atlantic. If you have a chance I would highly recommend the Two Oceans RR Excursion.
My instructions were for passengers going from the Caribbean-Atlantic side to the Pacific.
If traveling FROM California-Pacific to the Caribbean, then the Starboard side would have the most sights.
We did Trans-Canal on Infinity in Dec. '02 and have booked again for this coming December. Both transits originate in San Diego, going west to east. We were in a 1C cabin on starboard side going thru in '02 and thought we wanted to book the "other side" for upcoming cruise - however, decided there was much more to see on the starboard side. This side is best to see the famous "Cut" - as well as the viewing stand set up at the first set of locks......
We were on Summit May repo cruise West Coast/Alaska and decided while on board to book Infinity again for December (the $200 on-board credit for booking while on Summit sure didn't hurt any!).
We were in a 1A (CC class) on Summit and while the overhang is large - it sure does keep out the bad weather (rain/intense sun) thus allowing us to enjoy the verandah everyday....should be much appreciated on the Canal cruise as it got very hot in the room last December and the A/C had a rough time keeping up with the heat of the sun beating into the cabin - even with the draps drawn. The larger overhang should help considerably.
One of the best features of the new CC class (the we appreciate) is priority embarkation.
Would recommend the Trans-Canal cruise to anyone. We especially enjoyed the fact that there is a sea day (at least 1) between each port stop.
We are doing the partial Panama Canal in Oct on new Island Princess. Does anyone have any other excursions they enjoyed? Is there a site where you can book the railroad excursion without going through the cruise line?
I would like to suggest that whoever organizes the destination section of Cruisemates consider separating "Panama Canal" from "Caribbean." One has to wade through a lot of Caribbean posts to get to the canal posts.
Also, there are as many ports on the western side of a full canal transit as there are on the east.