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Old June 16th, 2008, 10:58 PM
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This is for those of you experienced cruisers who have been on the partial transit of the Panama Canal.

My DW and I will be doing the 10 day cruise on the Island Princess that includes the partial transit of the Panama Canal. The itinerary calls for starting through the Gatun Locks at 7AM and then leaving Cristobal at 8PM.

My DW and I are looking at the Princess-sponsored excursions offered for Panama.

Knowing what we do about the official itinerary of the Island Princess, how do we judge which excursions are too long?

Is there a way of deciding if the published duration time of the excursion leaves us a reasonable amount of time to get back to the ship before it leaves port?

If we take a Princess-sponsored excursion, will they wait for us, by definition?

All comments and experienced guidance will be greatly appreciated.
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If you book thru Princess they will be jsute exactly long enough! THey're not going to send you off the ship & then not wait for you!
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If you book thru Princess they will be jsute exactly long enough! THey're not going to send you off the ship & then not wait for you!
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If you book thru Princess they will be just exactly long enough! THey're not going to send you off the ship & then not wait for you!
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This is for those of you experienced cruisers who have been on the partial transit of the Panama Canal.

My DW and I will be doing the 10 day cruise on the Island Princess that includes the partial transit of the Panama Canal. The itinerary calls for starting through the Gatun Locks at 7AM and then leaving Cristobal at 8PM.

My DW and I are looking at the Princess-sponsored excursions offered for Panama.

Knowing what we do about the official itinerary of the Island Princess, how do we judge which excursions are too long? None of the ship's excursions will be too long. They're timed to the ship's schedule.
Is there a way of deciding if the published duration time of the excursion leaves us a reasonable amount of time to get back to the ship before it leaves port? If it's a ship's excursion it will be back in time or the ship will wait.

If we take a Princess-sponsored excursion, will they wait for us, by definition? Yep!

All comments and experienced guidance will be greatly appreciated.
We sailed a similar cruise a few years ago and loved it! Have a wonderful time !
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If you are on the Princess sponsored tour, you have no need to worry - they won't leave without you.
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