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  1. The ones off PC/Cocoa Beach are about 4 to 6 miles offshore. They appear to be anchored, the depth of the water is not deep enough that would make anchoring a challenge.
  2. Not too many AFAIK. HAL has a couple of their R class, Amsterdam and Rotterdam, Royal Caribbeans Radiance class ships, Brilliance, Radiance, Serenade and Jewel. NCL's Norwegian Dawn can do 25. Those are the ones I can come with.
  3. There are a couple of names that pop up on this forum once in awhile like Robtads and My Friend Mario, but they always seem a bit ephemeral. I don't have any names that I could throw out. Just see if you can find anything current on Trip Advisor or see what the hotel you are staying at may have to offer.
  4. She is scheduled to be transferred to Pullmantur in early 2021, but will sail with RCI until then. At least that what the plans were.
  5. I see that Perico Island had to photo bomb what would have been a great Pacific sunrise!😉 Oh well, just a minor inconvenience😁.
  6. Actually passenger ships pay a premium for a daylight transit. Previously ships with beams near the maximum limits were required to complete passage through the locks and Gaillard Cut during daylight hours. Gradually the daylight requirement for wide beam ships at the locks was dropped and as the Cut was widened daylight requirements were greatly reduced. While the locks and Gaillard Cut are very attractive on a night passage, cruise passengers want to see it in the daytime. A ship wanting to transit during the day will pay an additional $30,000 on top of the regular tolls for a daylight transit. For the Canal's purposes a daylight transit is to arrive at the first lock after sunrise and clear the last lock by sunset.
  7. The pilot would enter the ship at about the same point passengers would tender off the ship when not docked. They are then taken to the bridge by a crew member. At a point near the locks the Canal would then also board Canal seamen to handle the cables from the mules, normally the Canal seamen disembark after the ship clears the locks and then another group is placed aboard to handle the locks on the other side of the Isthmus. A ship the size of the Zandam would probably use 14 to 16 Canal seamen and at least two pilots. Also from what I can tell from pictures to bridge is totally enclosed, so they would in contact with the bridge crew for the transit. Just a side... the R'dam and the Z'dam according to marine traffic are anchored in the anchorage that is normally used for vessels with hazardous cargo.
  8. Capt. Capt Ole-Johan Gronhaug was captain on the Brilliance for the March 7 sailing. Don't know if that is when the rotation took place or not as Capt. Ante was on for the cruise that ended on March 2.
  9. Normally the ship will arrive at the Cristobal breakwater (Atlantic entrance)5-5:30ish. From there it will about an hour or so to reach Gatun locks The return passage through Gatun can take place anytime from 11-12 or after. The only reason I do not care for an aft cabin for a canal transit is all the narration is given with a forward perspective. Otherwise view is wonderful.
  10. Yes, the bigger ships use the new locks due to their size. Normally if a ship can fit in the original locks, those are the locks the ship will use. However, there are occasions where a ship that can use the original locks will be accommodated in the new larger locks. This will happen from time to time for Canal "convenience". To the best of my knowledge there has not been any substitution of the new locks for a cruise ship that can use the original locks.
  11. Should have included the link. Don't worry, you won't have to use Google Translate, it is the English version! http://www.pancanal.com/eng/general/reporte-anual/2019-AnnualReport-Rev02.pdf
  12. If anyone is looking for a bunch of tables and other assorted info that could possibly put you to sleep, I highly recommend the 2019 Annual Report for the Panama Canal. There are however, some interesting nuggets of info that I thought might be of interest. First the passenger/ cruise ship items... A total of 242 cruise ships transited the Canal in FY 2019. The Canal's FY runs from Oct. 1 to Sept 30 in the following year. 188 of these transits were full transits and 54 partial transits. There were 14 less cruise ship transits this FY than in FY 18. There were 12 transits using the new locks. A decline of 12% in total passengers and a 10% decline in toll revenue from Cruise ships. General Canal Info... Total of 12,291 ocean going transits during the period. 20% of the transits were through the new locks, however the new locks accounted for 50% of the tolls collected. Petroleum and petroleum products, followed by container cargo then grains are the top commodities shipped through the Canal. Asia to East coast US, West Coast South America to Europe and West Coast US to Europe account for 90% of all container traffic. Trade between Asia and East Coast of the US account for 61% of total cargo through the Canal. Another tidbit I found fascinating and really doesn't surprise me except I had never seen any official documentation of it. First we have always have the question on Cruise Critic, "which locks will my ship use?" The answer that is normally provided here is if it fits the Panamax Locks (original locks), that is the locks the it will use. That still is the most accurate answer. Many times when I have answered that question I have frequently prefaced my answer by pointing out that the original will be used unless there is some sort of anomaly that would necessitate a deviation. In the Annual Report reports there were 88 transits by Panamax vessels (vessels that fit the original locks) through the new locks for Canal "convenience". Of these 88 transits 22 of the transits used the new locks exclusively, in other words used the new lock for the entire transit. The remainder of the transits used a combination of Panamax Locks and Neo Locks, For example Gatun and Cocoli or Miraflores/Pedro Miguel and Agua Clara.
  13. Your reply intrigues me. Just wondering which way it is going to go... no more CLs and only SLs or CLs will return in earnest and open the doors to the D+? I think I already know😁!
  14. The mall I am referencing is at the pier, this is the only place at this stop you should go on your own. Do not venture outside the walled area of the parking lot and it is not uncommon for locals to remind you not to go any further.
  15. There are a number of shops to peruse in the shopping area connected to the pier. Walking across the street towards the ship there are a few more shops as well. Food and drinks won't be any problem, there is also a grocery store.
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