Itineraries vary from cruise line to cruise line, with some cruise lines operating a back to back Panama Canal itinerary, whilst other cruise lines will include a full transit on their repositioning cruise itineraries, and are usually offered at the start and the end of the Alaskan cruising season. Panama Canal itineraries are often more popular throughout October through to April, with the rainy season ending in November. The weather tends to be hot, without being unbearable.
Make sure your alarm is set for a very early get up, to ensure a prime view towards the bow of the ship and windows are first to be taken and tend to be most popular. If you can, a balcony stateroom is a must. The larger of the cruise ships can just about squeeze through the canal, with literally 2ft or less on each side! So from the comfort of your very own balcony, you can begin to appreciate the complex manoeuvres that actually take place.
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