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Old 10-03-2017, 08:33 AM   #1
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Old locks Panama Canal: which line?

I was on the Wonder this spring for the WBPC cruise, and while it was a magnificent cruise, and an awesome experience, I did t want to go through the new locks (I booked the trip before the ducktail was added).

Can anyone offer input re: their experiences on Princess, HAL, or Norwegian? Iím considering a partial transit on one of theses lines because I want to see inches between our ship and the canal walls, not feet.

And what happens if I book a cruise stating it will transit the old locks, but it then announces a change to the new locks? Cancel-for-any-reason trip insurance will help, of course....but Iím really looking for an ironclad promise for the old locks.
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I did a full transit on the Coral Princess and loved it.

There is not guarantee which of the locks, or now-which locks. They are assigned by the canal authority. If you are on an old locks capable ship...they will decide. The only sure thing is that on a ship bigger than the old locks, only the new ones will be used. The magic and wonder can do either old or new.
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Actually, with their darned ducktails, the Magic and Wonder are now too long for the original Canal. That’s why I need recommendations. Thank you for yours!
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Actually, with their darned ducktails, the Magic and Wonder are now too long for the original Canal. Thatís why I need recommendations. Thank you for yours!
Thanks for the update. I did not realize about the new ducktails.
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No cruise line will guarantee old versus new locks as that is not up to the cruise line. In fact - no cruise on any cruise line guarantees a specific itinerary. There is the planned itinerary but it is always subject to change.
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Darnit. But thanks. I think I’ll just sail DCL again and get our cruise group back together. Fabulous people!
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