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Old July 15th, 2007, 10:57 PM
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We will be on the Crystal Symphony in November traveling through the Panama Canal, ending up in Costa Rica. Lots of guys at my hubby's office think we're CRAZY to go through the canal. They say it's unsafe! Anyone heard anything about safety. BTW, we are not stopping in Panama - but we will do a full transit. Please advise. I can't believe Crystal Cruise Lines or any one else for that matter, would run a cruise in unsafe territory.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 11:00 PM
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I've cruised the Panama Canal itinerary several times. The Canal is an awesome sight that everyone should see.

There are no safety issues on a Canal cruise that don't exist on any other itinerary.

When you get off the ship in any port of call there are safey issues. You have to plan tours etc with those in mind.
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Old July 16th, 2007, 12:46 PM
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It's fine. I went there for my honeymoon and it was wonderful. Panama itself is said to be somewhat unsafe, but we got off as did many others and there was nothing to worry about. I think people fear what they do not know.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 11:39 AM
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a full canal-transit is an awesome experience. The cruise lines would not go there if it wasn't safe. Just know that it is hot, hot,hot and oppressively humid going thru the canal. Make sure you drink lots of WATER, wear a HAT and lots of sunscreen.
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Old July 17th, 2007, 03:01 PM
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We did the canal about 8 years ago on Premier line,We only went in to Gaton lake which we had a great time.In April we are booked on RCCL for the full canal cruise and we are so excited .
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Old July 22nd, 2007, 03:27 AM
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I have never heard or experienced problems during a Canal transit. The only bad rep recently in that area was a privately booked tour in Costa Rica was ransacked by bandidos.
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Originally Posted by subtropic
I have never heard or experienced problems during a Canal transit. The only bad rep recently in that area was a privately booked tour in Costa Rica was ransacked by bandidos.
That's like saying, "the only bad rap on Dr. Mulligan is that one time he accidentally killed a child during a routine checkup."


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