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Old February 14th, 2006, 09:06 PM
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Curious, Does anyone know how much money Celebrity would pay for a Millie Class (Summit) Ship to pass through the canal (Atlantic to Pacific)? Thanks in advance.
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We went into the canal on Royals Brillance of the Seas, which is about the same size as the Millie class, in March. According to what they told us at that time

1 ships are charged according to what they weigh,

2. the cost is the same wether a ship does a complete transit of the canal or merely enters, then leaves via the same set of locks. As we did on Brilliance

3. the cost for The Brilliance was around $68,000.00

4. Three (3) days prior to entering the locks the cost of the transit must be deposited into "The Canal Zone's" bank account no money, no transit.
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Old February 14th, 2006, 10:10 PM
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Don't know about Celebrity, but the cost for the Coral Princess which goes in and out of the Gatun locks is something over $250,000 - believe it's the most paid by any ship. Not sure, but I think they're the only ones who do the round trip into the Gatun NOT the trans-Panama.
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Wow, I had no idea it was that much money.
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According to a tour book I just read (from a well respected travel guide series) the cost is $100,000 for so for many ships, based on weight.
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Ouch. I wonder if Celebrity get's a group rate.
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Here is the 2003 cost per ton for vessels to enter or transit the Panama Canal.

For a 70,000 GRT passenger vessel the cost would be about $203,600. That isn't too cheap. There may be other calculations involved with ballast but this is still a fairly accurate number.

TOLLS STRUCTURE
SECOND IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD
July, 1 2003
Passenger Vessels First 10,000 tons $2.96 Remaining tons $2.85

I wonder if they skimp on the buffet so folks won't put on too much weight before they go through.

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Default A very slight correction

The $250,000 Princess fee included a 'bump" to the front of the line charge.

Average is about $100,000.

And, other ships are also doing in in the Northern Locks, anchor in Gatun Lake then back out the same locks.

Note, trivia....the locks are NOT east and west but north and south.

North locks empty into the Gulf of Mexico, Southern into the Pacific Ocean
(look at a map of Panama,, it makes a funny turn where the Canal is located
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Interesting reading all the different replys. I'll throw one in from my daily Celebrity newsletter from our Canal trip on the Galaxy last year. It didn't say what the fee for the Galaxy was, but had this item in it on the day we went in...

"All ships using the Canal must pay a toll, based on weight and cargo. Annual tolls total over $300 million. The highest toll ever paid by a cruise ship was over $217,000. The smallest was $0.36, paid by a man who swam the Canal in 1928."

The article went on to point out that... "The extra mileage around Cape Horn would add 10,000 miles to a trip from the Caribbean side of the Canal to the Pacific side and would take over three weeks, not including stops for provisions and fuel, at the vessel's top cruising speed. This makes the Canal well worth the money for those who traverse it.

Since the Canal opened over 90 years ago, over 1,300,000 vessels (and one swimmer) have taken this shortcut. It has averaged 10,000 vessels per year and has a capacity of 27,000 per year. It is currently handling about 15,000 transits per year. Its expenses presently exceed $450 million a year."
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With the added cost of the transit of the canal its no wonder the fares are so high for cruises to this area.


P.S. If you don't like hot, humid weather this NOT the cruise for you.
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The $250,000 Princess fee included a 'bump" to the front of the line charge.

Average is about $100,000.

And, other ships are also doing in in the Northern Locks, anchor in Gatun Lake then back out the same locks.

Note, trivia....the locks are NOT east and west but north and south.

North locks empty into the Gulf of Mexico, Southern into the Pacific Ocean
(look at a map of Panama,, it makes a funny turn where the Canal is located
Right.
The Pacific entrance (West) is actually east of the Atlantic entrance (East). The Canal runs Atlantic side North West to Pacific side South East.
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CruzNut,

Don't know about Celebrity, but the cost for the Coral Princess which goes in and out of the Gatun locks is something over $250,000 - believe it's the most paid by any ship. Not sure, but I think they're the only ones who do the round trip into the Gatun NOT the trans-Panama.

MV Galaxy is doing a similar itinerary for Celebrity Cruises this winter and next winter. Nonetheless, it's best to regard this itinerary as an extended Western Caribbean cruise rather than a real Panama Canal cruise because it never gets into the actual canal. The locks between the Caribbean and Gatun Lake actually are in a river that the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed to form Gatun Lake. The actual canal, which has two more sets of locks, extends southeastward from Gatun Lake to the Gulf of Panama, where it passes under the spectacular Bridge of the Americas.

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