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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.
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.
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.