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We are going on the Coral Princess,Panama Canal cruise on Nov.22/06,have a balcony room on the bumpout mid ship Aloha Deck,is that a good spot to be for good viewing on the transit of the Canal,or is there better viewing areas on the ship on decks?? Thanks

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We are going on the Coral Princess,Panama Canal cruise on Nov.22/06,have a balcony room on the bumpout mid ship Aloha Deck,is that a good spot to be for good viewing on the transit of the Canal,or is there better viewing areas on the ship on decks?? Thanks

We have done a full transit and a partial like you will on the Coral. We like to wander around a view the transit from various points. In the morning going through the locks for the first time they will be four deep on the "over the bow" view points. We found in the afternoon the crowd got much less. So that might be a good time to take advantage of your balcony. But there are some things you might miss if you spend the entire transit (in and out) on your balcony.

 

On our full transit on the Dawn we had gone through the Pedro Miguel locks and it started to rain. So we went down to the promenade deck as we went through the Miraflores locks. We went to the stern of the ship as we decended into the locks and were able to reach out an touch the concrete walls. It was an interesting place to experience the transit.

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The view from the room didn't make it. we went forward on C deck to watch. then back to cabin. on return we went to the lounge and watched the sides of the locks go by. If your cabin is on the inside of the lock you see the other ships on the other side. There is a lot of people going back and forth to different vantage points.

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While I'm not disagreeing with the other posters, I've done a complete transit of the Canal twice both times on the Dawn Princess. Both times we barely left our balconey, took the opportunity to have the Ultimate Balconey Breakfast that day, room service lunch, and finally got dressed in time for dinner. Of course we were fortunate both times to be on the side of the ship where all the action was taking place. I don't think I missed anything (well except for all the people fighting to get space at the railings on the Promenade Deck - heard some horror stories about that).

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We just returned yesterday from Acapulco after a full transit of the PC on the Regal Princess. Since you are doing a partial transit you will be able to see most of the canal as your view will change on returning back through the Gatun locks. If you have a port side cabin you will catch the sun rise if you are an early riser. Also watch for crocs in the water and on shore when approaching or leaving this set of locks from the Colon side.

Of course you will only have a partial view towards the front and rear of the ship and I did get some nice pictures of the overall canal scene from the bow and stern lookouts.

Actually it was not that bad crowd wise and it was like a party on the viewing decks. The PM was better since by then it had dispersed for other activities ( casino was open during transit ).

For a full transit I wouldn't stay on your own balcony as you would miss a lot.

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We are going on the Coral Princess,Panama Canal cruise on Nov.22/06,have a balcony room on the bumpout mid ship Aloha Deck,is that a good spot to be for good viewing on the transit of the Canal,or is there better viewing areas on the ship on decks?? Thanks

 

Hi Bruexx,

We are currently on the Coral for a B2B, was in C727(last Leg) & Now E737, Starboard AFT's on side/end. The Views from the AFT is a Hidden Secret;) Try the Largest AFT Deck with Cover & Loungers & 15-20' Both side views also, with less than 12 people on it during transit, get some great shots of the Lock's Huge Doors etc! Try it,.. you're like it, I'm sure, I've sent alot of people up there from the Emerald Aft & and they never came back:D Also, You can go all the way forward on the Caribe Deck, through the doors Marked "No Admittance" OK to use them for the Transit, but a little more crowded & Much smaller deck also. TRY BOTH, & see which one you like, walk from one end of the Caribe to the other.:D It's a nice walk. (900+ Ft);)

 

My Best! Bill

 

LIVE ON THE LOVELY CORAL PRINCESS AT SEA TOWARDS GRAND CAYMAN!

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There is a wonderful thread right now with great information regarding the Panama Canal if you are interested.

 

"Panama Canal Crossing and Excursion Photo Trip Report + Tidbits" is the title; under Ports of Call.

 

We will be doing the Canal in April on the Princess Sun. The information on this thread has been most helpful with our planning.

 

Hope it is of some use to you too!:)

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Hi Bruexx,

We are currently on the Coral for a B2B, was in C727(last Leg) & Now E737, Starboard AFT's on side/end. The Views from the AFT is a Hidden Secret;) Try the Largest AFT Deck with Cover & Loungers & 15-20' Both side views also, with less than 12 people on it during transit, get some great shots of the Lock's Huge Doors etc! Try it,.. you're like it, I'm sure, I've sent alot of people up there from the Emerald Aft & and they never came back:D Also, You can go all the way forward on the Caribe Deck, through the doors Marked "No Admittance" OK to use them for the Transit, but a little more crowded & Much smaller deck also. TRY BOTH, & see which one you like, walk from one end of the Caribe to the other.:D It's a nice walk. (900+ Ft);)

 

My Best! Bill

 

LIVE ON THE LOVELY CORAL PRINCESS AT SEA TOWARDS GRAND CAYMAN!

Bill,

Thanks for all your wonderful information on your B2B cruise through the Panama Canal. - Your Live from the Coral thread has been closed :(

Only 2 more days for us.

Thanks again - Jill (Threejs)

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Bill

Thank You for your work and time on the Live from the Coral thread. Even with the thread beening closed I still can't get in to read it all I still have 200 post to read. Some day I will get in again.

 

Look forward to your next Live from Thread.

 

FryGirl

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Bill,

Thanks for all your wonderful information on your B2B cruise through the Panama Canal. - Your Live from the Coral thread has been closed :(

Only 2 more days for us.

Thanks again - Jill (Threejs)

 

Jill, Thank you so much,:) for your kind words! We will "Live From ... Again";)

 

My Best! Bill:)

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Bill

Thank You for your work and time on the Live from the Coral thread. Even with the thread beening closed I still can't get in to read it all I still have 200 post to read. Some day I will get in again.

 

Look forward to your next Live from Thread.

 

FryGirl

 

Thank you for your kind words,:) I'll lay back a few days if I can;) b/4 I start the "Live from the Golden" on 11/29 in Rome:D My Best! Bill Locked out - Live on the Coral!

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I so enjoyed reading your daily posts, I really don't understand why it was closed. Maybe a warning first would have been sufficient. We'll be sailing on the Coral in 170 days and "sailing" with you was great fun. Thanks and by all means start a new Live From, why not? Maybe someone on the next Coral trip will continue it. Happy sailing!!!!

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I so enjoyed reading your daily posts, I really don't understand why it was closed. Maybe a warning first would have been sufficient. We'll be sailing on the Coral in 170 days and "sailing" with you was great fun. Thanks and by all means start a new Live From, why not? Maybe someone on the next Coral trip will continue it. Happy sailing!!!!

 

Thank you for your kind words & support, I may tomorrow, I'll see if "they"

unlock it first!;) My Best! Bill Dead in the Coral Water

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I love your posts - thank you! We are doing the Coral in Feb.

Very excited :)

 

When you say: The Views from the AFT is a Hidden Secret;) Try the Largest AFT Deck with Cover & Loungers & 15-20' Both side views also, with less than 12 people on it during transit, get some great shots of the Lock's Huge Doors etc! -

 

On what deck is that? - any particular one?

Thanks for your help

Lisa

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