Coral Princess is one of just two cruise ships in the Princess Cruises fleet specially built to sail through the Panama Canal. She, along with her sister ship Island Princess, was launched in 2002.
The Panama Canal cruise ship season has officially started today by her passing through the Canal.
Approximately 200 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2014 to April 2015.
The main cruise lines including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line offer itineraries of 10 or more days, which include the Panama Canal as part of the experience.
Other cruise ships transiting through the Panama Canal include the Tere Moana and the Wind Spirit, which have shorter seven-day itineraries along the west coast of Central America.
During this season, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and Costa Cruises will have ships transiting in new itineraries through the Canal. Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2 will transit on January 20, 2015 and Costa Atlantica on April 24, 2015.
World Maritime News Staff, October 2, 2014