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Old March 12th, 2006, 09:48 PM
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WANT TO CRUISE THE PANAMA CANAL. WHICH ONE IS BETTER....TRANSCANAL FROM WEST COAST TO EAST COAST OR VICE VERSA OR R/T FROM MIAMI OR FT. LAUDERDALE. SINCE WE ONLY HAVE 10 DAYS OR LESS WE THOUGHT THE R/T FLORIDA ONE WOULD BE SUFFICIENT.
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For a 10 day trip I don't think you'll have a choice but to do a partial transist, return to Florida.

Full transits are normally 12-14 days.

The disavantage of the partial transit is that you only see one set of locks, cruise into Gatun Lake and back through to Florida.

If you find the time for a full transit I recommend the east to west, only for the 25 hr days.
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WANT TO CRUISE THE PANAMA CANAL. WHICH ONE IS BETTER....TRANSCANAL FROM WEST COAST TO EAST COAST OR VICE VERSA OR R/T FROM MIAMI OR FT. LAUDERDALE. SINCE WE ONLY HAVE 10 DAYS OR LESS WE THOUGHT THE R/T FLORIDA ONE WOULD BE SUFFICIENT.

The "round trip Panama Canal" cruises, which operate from Florida and from several ports on the gulf of Mexico, go through the westernmost set of locks, which actually is in a dam across a river, into Gatun Lake, then turn around and exit back to the Caribbean. They do not enter the actual canal, which extends southeastward from Gatun Lake to the Gulf of Panama, where it passes under the impressive Bridge of the Americas, with two more sets of locks. I have seen a couple ten-day full transits (typically between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and either Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica, or Acapulco, Mexico), but most cruise lines now operate their full transit "Panama Canal" cruises between either Fort Lauderdale or Miami and either San Diego or Los Angeles over fourteen days -- which avoids the hassle and cost of internatoinal flights. If you can't find a full transit that works for you, perhaps the best option would be to wait another year.

The direction of the cruise does not really matter. The canal is just as impressive transiting in either direction (I have done both).

Have a great cruise, whatever you decide!

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we did a 10 day full canal transit from San Juan to Acapulco. If you can do the full canal transit do it, you miss so much only doing the partial transit. Miraflores locks are amazing.
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