The 2,680-passenger Carnival Spirit pass marks the start of the Panama Canal cruise season. More than 200 cruise ships are expected to pass through the Panama Canal in the coming months, 17 more than in 2019, and the season won’t end until May next year.
The cruise ships scheduled to transit the Panama Canal this season include ships from most major cruise lines, including Norwegian Joy, Celebrity Edge, Caribbean Princess, Emerald Princess, Carnival Freedom, Ruby Princess, Carnival Glory and Carnival Freedom. The largest cruise ship to cross the Panama Canal will be 169,116 gross tons Breakaway Plus Norwegian Encore when it crosses the Panama Canal twice.
Although the Panama Canal faced enormous obstacles during its construction, the waterway has been a major attraction for millions of people since the first passenger ship passed through the canal in 1914. With its construction, ships no longer had to take the dangerous and long way around Cape Horn.
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