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Panama Canal cruise question

Ok, so some of you have commented about how different this is now with the expansion and there's a lot more space for ships to get through. I've looked at photos of the Wonder going through the new locks. Has anyone actually done it and is it still impressive? I'm assuming it is, as it probably still looks tight from the ship itself, but I wondered if anyone had first hand experience?
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We've done both the old locks and the new locks, and they're different types of 'impressive'. The old locks are neat because of the tightness, I used to go do to deck 3 on one of the locks and watch out the window, just to see the closeness of the ship to the lock's wall. The new locks don't have that, but still the passage through the locks is a fantastic experience, feeling the ship going up and down, and watching the workings of the canal itself.

Plus, watching the scenery go back once you're through the locks is fun, and you never know if you'll see monkeys/crocs, etc.
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We did the new locks in April and it was an amazing experience. I've never done the old locks, so can't really compare. It would be wonderful to experience that as well, but... I think you and Mark would love this cruise, and, like your recent cruises, it is low on children and high on adults. Here are links to my 2 photo albums on FB concerning the transit.
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We've done both the old locks and the new locks, and they're different types of 'impressive'. The old locks are neat because of the tightness, I used to go do to deck 3 on one of the locks and watch out the window, just to see the closeness of the ship to the lock's wall. The new locks don't have that, but still the passage through the locks is a fantastic experience, feeling the ship going up and down, and watching the workings of the canal itself.

Plus, watching the scenery go back once you're through the locks is fun, and you never know if you'll see monkeys/crocs, etc.
Oh cool - thank you so much. That helps to set my mind at rest!
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We did the new locks in April and it was an amazing experience. I've never done the old locks, so can't really compare. It would be wonderful to experience that as well, but... I think you and Mark would love this cruise, and, like your recent cruises, it is low on children and high on adults. Here are links to my 2 photo albums on FB concerning the transit.
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Well, a lot of adults and very few children definitely works for me! So glad to hear you enjoyed the new locks.
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They are both amazing in their own fashion. The old locks were a bit more 'exciting' in that you felt you could reach out a window and touch the side. I think you probably could have, though I didn't try! Our first EBPC cruise was in 2008, and we actually scraped the side of the last lock as we came back into the Caribbean. We were sitting in Sessions at the time and it happened right below us. Quite scary! And the next morning in Colombia, the deck crew were out painting over the scratch!

But as I said in the other thread, it's a wonderful cruise and I would never hesitate taking it again. So much fun!
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They are both amazing in their own fashion. The old locks were a bit more 'exciting' in that you felt you could reach out a window and touch the side. I think you probably could have, though I didn't try! Our first EBPC cruise was in 2008, and we actually scraped the side of the last lock as we came back into the Caribbean. We were sitting in Sessions at the time and it happened right below us. Quite scary!
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And the next morning in Colombia, the deck crew were out painting over the scratch!
I bet they're used to having to do that, the amount of scratches we spot every time we cruise...

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