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Panama Canal, Panama

First transit of 2019-2020 cruise season
Friday, October 4, 2019, Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal [has] announced the transit of Princess Cruises’ Island Princess, marking the beginning of what is expected to be a busy cruise season.

According to Senior International Trade Specialist, Albano G. Aguilar, the Canal will facilitate approximately 258 transits over the next few months, including a record-breaking number by Neopanamax vessels.

“We will see about a 10% increase in cruise ship transits at the Panama Canal this season in comparison to last year, a boost largely driven by Neopanamax vessels” said Aguilar…

…The Canal expects 29 transits by Neopanamax cruise ships this season, including at least one by the Norwegian Bliss, which remains the largest cruise ship to pass through the waterway. It will be preceded by its sister ship, the 3,883-passenger Norwegian Joy, which will pass through for the first time later this month. Ten other vessels will also make their inaugural transits this season…

(For information about operations in Panama, contact GAC Panama at operations.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Panama Canal Authority (www.pancanal.com) press release issued on 3 October 2019

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