Panama Canal cruise season to start next week

By ,   September 27, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Panama Canal 2015-2016 cruise ship season will officially start on October 3. The transit of Costa Luminosa is first in line, on around the world voyage from Italy.

International trade specialist Albano G. Aguilar of Vice Presidency for Planning & Business Development, said that around 220 cruise ships were expected to transit through Panama Canal during the season spanning from October 2015 through April 2016. He added that the number of vessels transiting through the waterway was similar to past seasons.

The main cruise lines, such as Holland America Line (HAL), Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Princess Cruises and Celebrity Cruise Line, will offer itineraries of ten or more days, including Panama Canal as part of the unique experience.

Smaller cruise ships, including Star Breeze and National Geographic Sea Lion, will also offer Panama Canal transits with shorter 7- and 8-day itineraries along Central America's west coast.

During this season, Holland America Line and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises will have vessels transiting through the Canal in new itineraries. Pearl Mist, operated by Hapag-Lloyd, will transit on 16 January 2016, while and HAL's Nieuw Amsterdam - on 14 April 2016.