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Old March 26th, 2011, 09:34 PM
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What is the common meaning of a partial transit of the Panama Canal?
1. Enter and anchor somewhere?
2. Enter, anchor, and resume total transit at a later time?
3. Transit interruptis, get in the ship queue and wait your turn to complete the passage?
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What is the common meaning of a partial transit of the Panama Canal?
1. Enter and anchor somewhere?
2. Enter, anchor, and resume total transit at a later time?
3. Transit interruptis, get in the ship queue and wait your turn to complete the passage?
Partial transit means you will go thru one set of locks and then usually float around in Gatun Lake and then exit the locks you came in thru. Usually these trips are 10 nights visiting other ports of call in the western caribbean and are generally r/t from Florida or California..... A full transit will usually start in Florida/California and go thru 2 sets of locks and end in Florida/California and usually 14 days or longer.
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I've never heard of a partial transit of the Panama Canal from California. To get to the pacific side of the canal from CA, and then get back would require a pretty lengthy cruise.

The partial transit from Florida is as Curtis describes... in and then back out.
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I've never heard of a partial transit of the Panama Canal from California. To get to the pacific side of the canal from CA, and then get back would require a pretty lengthy cruise.

The partial transit from Florida is as Curtis describes... in and then back out.

Kuki is correct. Partial always leaves from Florida. We've done 2 full transits from California to Florida and a partial from Florida. We much prefer the full transit.
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What is the common meaning of a partial transit of the Panama Canal?
1. Enter and anchor somewhere? Yes , drop off excursions
2. Enter, anchor, and resume total transit at a later time? No usually enter at Gatun and exit right away.
3. Transit interruptis, get in the ship queue and wait your turn to complete the passage? Ship usually has a reservation to exit at Gatun and proceed to Cristobal to pick up the passengers from excursion
Ther sren't ant partial transit cruises from the Pacific due to the time it takes to get to Gatun Lake & Locks.(approx 7 hrs)
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On December 5, 2011 The Amsterdam is scheduled to sail from San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale. The transit of the Panama Canal is listed in the cruise description as a partial transit. May I infer from your several responses that it is an interrupted trip with people getting off along the way and then getting picked up on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side? Thanks for your interest.
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On December 5, 2011 The Amsterdam is scheduled to sail from San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale. The transit of the Panama Canal is listed in the cruise description as a partial transit. May I infer from your several responses that it is an interrupted trip with people getting off along the way and then getting picked up on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side? Thanks for your interest.

If this is sailing from California to Ft. Lauderdale it is a FULL transit of the canal. Must be a misprint.
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On December 5, 2011 The Amsterdam is scheduled to sail from San Pedro to Fort Lauderdale. The transit of the Panama Canal is listed in the cruise description as a partial transit. May I infer from your several responses that it is an interrupted trip with people getting off along the way and then getting picked up on the Atlantic (Caribbean) side? Thanks for your interest.


Bis$pender - where did you see that it said "partial" transit. I just looked at HAL's website and nowhere does it say that. I looked at the itinerary and it says December 15, 2011 "Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Cruising Panama Canal; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal." That's a FULL transit.
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They might of caught the error and changed it.
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Good afternoon!

Thanks for checking the Holland-American site, DD!

Went back to MY original source to verify the description. Still reads that on December 15, 2011 it is a partial transit!

I am convinced that I was just badly misled.

Anybody make this voyage on the Amsterdam recently? What are the selling points? We are trying to do some pre-planning and evaluating Princess, Holland American, and other cruise lines for a San Pedro to Ft. Lauderdale vacation. Thanks for your interest and input.
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I've done the Panama twice . We prefer Princess because of the cost.
Otherwise a full transit is the same . We prefferred west to east ( pacific to atlantic) over the reverse. You enter the canal at a decent hour in the AM.
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Thanks for the Princess cruises recommendation. I believe they are sailing The Coral Princess on the California to Florida voyage through the Panama Canal. Will order their 2011 cruise brochure and take a close and hard look.
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We have done about 3 partial transits on HAL ships and did it twice on Princess. We love those round trip FLL partial transit cruises.

If you are able, be sure to get a veranda. We loved having breakfast on our "S" cabin veranda and then being able to go in and out of our cabin throughout the transits. It can be very hot on those cruises but they're great IMO
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Thanks for the Princess cruises recommendation. I believe they are sailing The Coral Princess on the California to Florida voyage through the Panama Canal. Will order their 2011 cruise brochure and take a close and hard look.
Both the Island and Coral will transit on their repositioning cruise in spring and fall of 2011,2012 and spring 2013. They relocate from FLL to Vancouver(and reverse) in spring and fall . These cruises are usually about 18 days.
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