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Does anyone know whether or not Carnival is planning on starting any Panama Canal cruises in the future? Are their ships too big to get through - is that the issue? I love the CCL, but I'm going to have to try another line because I'm very excited about going through the canal!

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The Holiday, Fantasy, and Spirit class ships are small enough to fit into the Panama Canal. Carnival only offers Panama Canal cruises when a ship is repositioning.
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I actually found one but can't remember the ship. It's an 8 day RT from Lauderdale. But, it does not transit the canal, just makes a stop at the top end and offers a tour to the locks.
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I actually found one but can't remember the ship. It's an 8 day RT from Lauderdale. But, it does not transit the canal, just makes a stop at the top end and offers a tour to the locks.
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It is the Carnival Freedom, like you said it just stops at Panama. The Carnival Freedom is too large to fit into the Panama Canal.
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Back in 2006 I took what I considered a Panama canal cruise where we docked in Colon and I took a shore excursion through the canal.
If transiting the canal in a cruiseship was any better, then it must be something.
My guided tour was excellent, we went through 2 locks.
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