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Panama Canal, Panama
World Holidays: 7-20 May 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017, Worldwide
Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
8 May (Mon) – Bank Holiday (Russia)
8 May (Mon) – Kazakhstan Defenders Day
9 May (Tue) – Victory Day (Russia)
9 May (Tue) – Kazakhstan Victory Day
10 May (Wed) – Wesak/Vesak Day
12 May (Fri) – General Prayer Day (Denmark)
16 May (Tue) – Norwegian Constitution Day
18 May (Thu) – Turkmenistan Revival and Unity Day
19 May (Fri) – Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day (Turkey)For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found at http://gac.com/gac-worldwide

First cruise ship through new locks
Saturday, May 6, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama

The Expanded Panama Canal welcomed on April 29 its first passenger vessel through the new locks: the Disney Cruise Line Disney Wonder. The milestone signals the further diversification of traffic through the Expanded Canal and, with it, introduces new repositioning opportunities for the cruise industry and benefits to its customers…

…The Disney Wonder transited the Expanded Canal in a southbound direction from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean this marks part of a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla., to San Diego, where the ship will sail cruises to Baja, Mexico, before a summer season from Vancouver to Alaska…  …The Disney Wonder is one of several cruise ships to have transited the canal during the 2016-2017 cruise season that ends in May…

…By the close of fiscal year 2017, ending on September 30, the Panama Canal expects 233 passenger vessels, which represents a total 237,298 passengers, to have transited both the original and new locks. On April 1, the Panama Canal began accepting booking requests by passenger vessels for the new locks. To date, 18 reservations for the 2017-2018 season have already been made for passenger vessels to transit the Expanded Canal, a number which is expected to increase in the coming months.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority Monthly Canal Operations Summary – APRIL 2017

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