Panama Canal Cruise in December

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Joined Mar 2012
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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Joined Jul 2000
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.

Petaluma, Ca. 94954
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Joined Jul 2000
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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Joined Jul 2001
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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