A friend told me that the problem with the Panama Canal transit is that people tend to stake out a spot and "reserve" chairs on the deck for the day, so that you have to find a place early and stay in it or you will miss out. We have a balcony cabin on an upcoming Infinity cruise and wonder if it would be better just to view the crossing from there - or would we miss a lot if we just viewed from our balcony? What is your experience with this? Thanks.
Did the full transit from pacific to atlantic, and we went outside earlier in the day to watch and then spent most of the day on our balcony, drinking champagne and I had gotten a cheese plate and some snacks for us from the buffet, which was just wonderfull No crowds and could really relax. Enjoy, we want to do it again!!
We just returned from a canal cruise and we didn';t find this problem. Yes, most everyone was out at the front of the ship as we entered the Milaflores Locks but after we passed through them most everyone left for breakfast. Later in the morning there were only a few dozen people out. They opened up the helipad to passengers and that was definitely the most desirable place to stand. Trying to get good photos from any other place was difficult.
When we passed through the Gatun Locks, a large number of people were on shore excursions, so again no problem.
We had a sky suite on deck 6 and cecause of the lifeboats and rigging equipment, it was dofficult to take any photos from there.
Get up early, about 6:30 AM, and get your spot where usually only employees can go. On the Millenium class ships go to theater deck, and walk around thru and behind the theater to the very tip of the boat. I stationed myself, as in the movie Titanic, right up front, and it was awesome. That's the place to be if you really want to "feel the excitement" of going through the Panama Canal. You'll be amazed on how fast the ship rises and falls as it passes through the locks.