The ACP (Panama Canal Authority) on Thursday, October 26, hailed the passage of the first neopanamax cruise ship of the season to cross the waterway.
Caribbean Princess set sail from Fort Lauderdale Florida, and entered the canal on its Atlantic side, to continue her voyage to ports of call in the Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cayman Islands, and Panama.
A total of 235 cruise ships are due to cross the larger waterway during this winter high season. The largest cruise ship expected to traverse the waterway is Norwegian Bliss, still under construction and due to carry 4,200 passengers.
The expanded Panama Canal was inaugurated in June last year to accommodate today's bigger seafaring ships, dubbed neopanamax to honor the larger waterway.