May 17, 2018.
Princess Cruises fall 2019 through spring 2020 season went on sale today, and it includes the line’s largest deployment ever to the Panama Canal, featuring the maiden season of Emerald Princess sailing through the new locks. A bit of cruise trivia: In 1967, Princess Cruises was the first cruise line to sail through the Panama Canal locks.
Emerald Princess will be the cruise line’s second Neo-Panamax ship, after Caribbean Princess, to be modified during a scheduled spring 2019 drydock. The ship will traverse the new Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side of the canal as well as the new Cocoli Locks on the Pacific Side, that opened in June 2016, as part of the 10-year, $5.4 billion “Neo-Panamax” expansion.
Princess Cruises offers three ways to visit the Panama Canal – roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, roundtrip from Los Angeles, or a full transit that sails ocean between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles or San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C.
The 2019-2020 line-up features five ships, with 10- to 21-day options, also visiting other ports in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America.
Each Princess Cruises transit of the Panama Canal includes live narration from the bridge offering a glimpse into the history and insight that went into this engineering feat, as well as a day of scenic cruising through Gatun Lake.
Program highlights for the 2019-2020 Panama Canal season include:
- Five ships offering six itineraries and 36 departures onboard Caribean Princess, Coral Princess, Emerald Princess, Island Princess and Pacific Princess.
- Six unique itineraries from four departure ports – Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.
- Visits to 24 destinations in 12 countries, including eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Cartagena’s walled Old City.
- Featuring 21 transits through the historic original locks on Coral, Island or Pacific Princess and 15 transits through the new locks on Caribbean or Emerald Princess.
- Shore excursion offerings including the Animal Planet Exclusive tour of the Sloth Sanctuary of Costa Rica, where guests may even meet sloth superstars featured on the Animal Planet. (No autographs please, but selfies are fine)