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Old July 22nd, 2008, 09:19 AM
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Default Panama Canal......any traffic backups?

I read a few months back about problems transiting the canal, that there was an "unofficial" strike by canal workers, which slowed down the traffic. Did, or does, this affect the cruise ships?
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What's the best way to get to the Canal?
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Default Re: Panama Canal......any traffic backups?

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I read a few months back about problems transiting the canal, that there was an "unofficial" strike by canal workers, which slowed down the traffic. Did, or does, this affect the cruise ships?
In Feb this a group from our cruise did the canal trip from Colon the got stuck in the canal for one reason or another ...they ended up with a hair raising ride back to the port with a police escort.

There are a lot of ships going through the lock & it does take time so I guess slow downs can happen
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What's the best way to get to the Canal?
You might say from what port you are stopping at?
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so sorry colon!!
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its first come, first served when going thru the locks, the cruise ships get no special treatment, no reservations or anything like that. If there is alot of tankger, cargo and cruise ship traffic expect delays
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Sorry Lisa but you are wrong. Cruise ships DO got preference. They pay for it, they have a reservation and they always get a daytime transit.
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Old September 15th, 2008, 10:36 PM
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We did the Panama Canal a couple of years ago and talked to the Captain and he made mention that they pay a premium to have a priority in going through so they can get passengers off and return back out to Cristbul Pier for pick up later.
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On our Sept/Oct 06 cruise thru the Panama. We where told by the canal specialist that cruiseships and other ships pay to go thru the canal on a certain day. They have to be at Canal pilot station by a certain time.
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Default [b]Cruise pay big for their time slot[/b]

Cruise lines have to reserve a time slot with a deposit paid in advance and final payment made before entering (payments being made thru their home office by electronic deposits). We went thru 10/3/08 and were told our ships cost was around $300,000.00
We cruised right in (west to east) and 12 hours later we cruise out the other side.
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Here is the officail Panama Canal Authority webpage: http://www.pancanal.com/eng/index.html

If you go under "Maritime Operations" and then select "Marine Tariff" you can see all the various charges for using the canal. It is rather complex but everything is spelled out in black & white.

Some fun examples:

The ship must provide lunch to the canal pilot while onboard. If the ship is unable to provide lunch the canal pilot's box lunch will cost you $18.

If your ship utilizes the mules (locomotives) the charge is $300 per cable. Each mule has 2 cables and when we (Westerdam) went through we used 3 mules per side. That was $3'600 in locomotive fees.

For a passenger ship the basic fee is $3.80 per ton for the first 10'000 tons and drops to $3.72 for the next 10'000 tons and then is $3.65 per ton over 20'000.

A "reservation" for a large ship is $35'000.

Fee to reserve a guaranteed daylight transit $30'000.
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And with revenue like that Jimmy Carter gave our canal to the Panamanians, who now hire the Chinese to run it for them! Good grief!
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