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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:44 PM
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Default Panama Canal Cruise in December

I am looking at sailing from San Diego through the Panama Canal in December; but would like to know if the seas in the Pacific Ocean are rough at this time of the year. I would appreciate any input as to the best time to sail if they are rough. Thanks.

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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:46 PM
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The answer is you just don't know and it's not because it is December. The seas may be very calm or it could be a little rough and no one can be sure what to expect. I would not hesitate to book the cruise.

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Old August 4th, 2012, 10:51 PM
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Keith is correct (as usual ). You are sailing on the ocean. It could be rough, or calm, or somewhere in the middle.

Typical Panama Canal "season" is Oct 1 to mid May. Cruise lines don't go thru in the other months. As April/May is Spring, it might be calmer then, but no promises.

The Canal is an awesome special event. I wouldn't (and we have sailed the Canal 3 times) put a rough sea in front of going to the Canal.

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Old August 5th, 2012, 08:35 AM
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Welcome to Cruise Critic.

Have done the full transit of the Canal several times. It is a sight to see.

We have experienced all kinds of weather in the Pacific and at different times of the year.

Since weather is unpredicable -- book the cruise and go and enjoy the canal.
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