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Old September 14th, 2008, 12:41 PM
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This will be our first RCCL cruise. We're going December 19 to the Panama Canal via Jewel of the Seas. We have previously cruised on Carnival, NCL and Princess.

Any info about Jewel and/or shore excursions would be welcome. Our itinerary includes Labadee (Haiti), Cartagena (Colombia), Panama Canal, Montego Bay (Jamaica), and Georgetown (Grand Cayman).

Does anyone know if you actually go through the Canal? The itinerary just says "cruising".

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Old September 14th, 2008, 03:33 PM
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Hi Marvia,

We went on Brillance of the Seas (sister ship to Jewel) to the Panama
Canal and went thru 2 locks. However, our cruise tours were different in 2007. You will love going thru the Panama Canal. It is quite a long process and the ship has to wait for daylight before it can start thru the locks.

We just loved cruising on RCCL. We did try Carnival, but preferred RCCL.

You will have a great time!!


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Old September 14th, 2008, 09:38 PM
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You are going to be doing what they call a partial crossing. You will go through the first set of locks and dock at the pier, then back thru and return to Miami. This remains as one of my favorite cruises. You will love the ship and the cruise, very interesting
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Old September 16th, 2008, 09:35 PM
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We will be going on the same cruise but a different date in feb.
i hope you post a review .
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Old September 21st, 2008, 10:51 AM
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I am going on the Panama Canal Cruise on Jewel of The Seas on January 19, 2009. It is the 12 night cruise that goes to Aruba instead of Haiti. We will then stop in Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and the Grand Cayman
Islands. (Cruising out of Miami). I booked a pre-cruise room at a hotel in Miami the day before the cruise in the event of bad weather or
flight delays. Can't wait. I am a true cruise addict. I usually wait until I am on the cruise ship to book excursions. Enjoy. I know you will.
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