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Old January 16th, 2006, 04:14 PM
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We are sailing the Summit 14 day Ft Lauderdale to LA 26 Feb and we would really appreciate your help on 3 questions. We have sailed with Celebrity numerous times but this is the longest cruise we have taken, first time thru the Canal and for the first time we booked a Concierge Class Cabin. We are very excited about this cruise!! Thanks in advance!

1. Approximately how long does it take for the ship to pass through the Canal?

2. While going through the Canal, are the Ships Shops and Casino open?

3. We are boarding in Ft Lauderdale and disembarking in LA. Approximately how far is it to LAX Airport from the cruise port via taxi? Any idea on cost using a taxi?


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Rick,

We are sailing the Summit 14 day Ft Lauderdale to LA 26 Feb...

That's a fantastic itinerary! (Yes, I have done it.)

1. Approximately how long does it take for the ship to pass through the Canal?

All day. The ship will enter first set of locks at the western end of the canal fairly early in the morning and will pass under the Bridge of the Americas at the eastern end late in the afternoon, shortly before she is scheduled to dock at Fuerte Armador.

(The geography of Panama plays tricks on people who are not familiar with it. Panama's ithsmus lies on a notheast-southwest axis with the Caribbean Sea to the northwest and the Gulf of Panama, which opens to the Pacific Ocean, to the southeast.) as a result, the ship actually will pass through the canal in the southeastward direction on your itineary, however counterintuitive that may seem.)

2. While going through the Canal, are the Ships Shops and Casino open?

I honestly have absolutely no idea, but probably not. Most passengers spend the day out on deck, as there's a guide who provides a narration over the PA system, albeit not continuously, during the transit.

3. We are boarding in Ft Lauderdale and disembarking in LA. Approximately how far is it to LAX Airport from the cruise port via taxi? Any idea on cost using a taxi?

About fifty miles. The cruise port is in San Pedro, which is a section of the City of Los Angeles located well to the south of the rest of the city between Long Beach to the east and Rancho Palos Verdes to the west. The City of Los Angeles has a very narrow strip of land a very narrow strip of land along the Harbor Freeway (I-110) that connects San Pedro to the rest of the city.

If you are booking your own flights and planning to use taxis, you might want to consider booking your flight home from Long Beach Airport (LGB), also known as Daugherty Field, rather than from Los Angeles Interantional (LAX) if your airline flies there. It's much closer to San Pedro.

We thank you so very much for any help you can give us on this.

You're welcome. I hope that my answers are helpful.

Have a great cruise!

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Los Angeles International airport (LAX) is only 20 miles from the San Pedro Port and the Long Beach airport (LGB) is 15 miles away. KGA is KANANGA, CONGO DEM REP....is too far away....

Long Beach is so easy to get in and out of and host American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Jet Blue to name a few. Very 1950's...baggage terminal is outside!

Besides a taxi, there is also SuperShuttle.

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CA cruiser is correct, the distance is about 20 miles to LAX.
The cost by taxi is roughly $45 - 55.00.

One thing about Super shuttle is you may have to wait for others to board the van, they don't like to go with only one couple. In San Francisco we waited over an hour and half for the last couple to jump on the van. (Port to airport). The couple was delayed and almost last to disembark.

As Norm commented it takes all day (about 8 hours) to transit the three locks of the Panama Canal including the narrows and Gatun Lake. Celebrity does a nice job on the narrition but not to excess.

As for the shops and casino being open I can not answer as most of the passengers were out on the decks like me taking in the wonderous sites and history, taking a break to eat then back on deck.

You will enjoy the concierge class, more ammenties.
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CACruiser,

Los Angeles International airport (LAX) is only 20 miles from the San Pedro Port...

Is that as the crow flies? IIRC, the cruise lines' transfer buses take nearly an hour by freeway, without traffic....

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Actually that's the distance from Ports O'Call Village in San Pedro a few blocks away from the cruise ports. We went there before meeting Kuki and the Get Lei'd cruisers before they sailed. We live south about 34 miles from LAX.
The info is from Mapquest... Total Est. Time: 24 minutes Total Est. Distance: 20.26 miles
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Norm, you are right. Even though it is 20 miles the busses do take about an hour. I've driven that route for work several times and can be 30 minutes to well over an hour do to traffic and accidents.
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Rick,

We are sailing the Summit 14 day Ft Lauderdale to LA 26 Feb...

That's a fantastic itinerary! (Yes, I have done it.)

1. Approximately how long does it take for the ship to pass through the Canal?

All day. The ship will enter first set of locks at the western end of the canal fairly early in the morning and will pass under the Bridge of the Americas at the eastern end late in the afternoon, shortly before she is scheduled to dock at Fuerte Armador.

(The geography of Panama plays tricks on people who are not familiar with it. Panama's ithsmus lies on a notheast-southwest axis with the Caribbean Sea to the northwest and the Gulf of Panama, which opens to the Pacific Ocean, to the southeast.) as a result, the ship actually will pass through the canal in the southeastward direction on your itineary, however counterintuitive that may seem.)

2. While going through the Canal, are the Ships Shops and Casino open?

I honestly have absolutely no idea, but probably not. Most passengers spend the day out on deck, as there's a guide who provides a narration over the PA system, albeit not continuously, during the transit.

3. We are boarding in Ft Lauderdale and disembarking in LA. Approximately how far is it to LAX Airport from the cruise port via taxi? Any idea on cost using a taxi?

About fifty miles. The cruise port is in San Pedro, which is a section of the City of Los Angeles located well to the south of the rest of the city between Long Beach to the east and Rancho Palos Verdes to the west. The City of Los Angeles has a very narrow strip of land a very narrow strip of land along the Harbor Freeway (I-110) that connects San Pedro to the rest of the city.

If you are booking your own flights and planning to use taxis, you might want to consider booking your flight home from Long Beach Airport (LGB), also known as Daugherty Field, rather than from Los Angeles Interantional (LAX) if your airline flies there. It's much closer to San Pedro.

We thank you so very much for any help you can give us on this.

You're welcome. I hope that my answers are helpful.

Have a great cruise!

Norm.
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We did partial transit (Panama Canal) on Galaxy and the time we spent in the locks and on the lake the shops and casino were closed.
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Thanks for bringing Summit over to the west coast so we can enjoy our cruise to Hawaii in March.... I wonder if anyone is doing the Panama Canal & Hawaii back to back--that would be a nice trip if one had the time & money & enough clean laundry! We have only done a partial transit but the canal is truly awesome-- I agree with the suggested reading of Path Between the Seas!
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To add another question to the San Pedro Port of Call...

What hotels are recommeded for a pre-cruise?

Are there any tour buses that will take you to the Homes of the Stars and Rodeo drive from San Pedro area?

Thanks to all your Californians, great information.
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Cruz Crazy,

What hotels are recommeded for a pre-cruise?

A couple years ago, I got a fantastic rate at the Crowne Plaza just outside Los Angeles International Airport. The Holiday Inn and Crown Plaza chains offer very low rates if you prepay for your stay.

Depending how long you will be in the Los Angeles area, you might also consider a hotel in Anaheim, near Disney World.

Are there any tour buses that will take you to the Homes of the Stars and Rodeo drive from San Pedro area?

Probably not, as San Pedro is pretty far from the rest of the city.

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