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🎵Panama! 🎵 Vision of the Seas Oct. 30, 2019

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4 hours ago, TwinMamainMN said:

Thanks for all the great info and photos. The time lapse was extraordinary. How long did the actual passage take (start to finish)? Also, I'm curious if you would repeat this cruise again and why/why not?

 

We passed under the Bridge of the Americas at 6:55am and we passed under the Atlantic Bridge at 4:35pm.  

 

However timing can vary because they adjust ship speed based on other ships that day and reaching the locks at the right time.  

 

Our lock times changed twice in the 24 hours leading up to arrival.  The CD staff had to throw away and reprint the cruise compasses the night before and they were wrong by the time we woke up.  They were emphasizing to check the app and hit the refresh button in the app throughout the day.  Times for activities like Bill Benny's Q&A and the crossing ceremony changed as the day progressed.   So it's somewhat dynamic.  

 

Would I repeat this cruise?  Absolutely.  Royal doesn't often visit the West coast ports or those near the canal.  Grand Cayman is the only common Caribbean port on this itinerary.  I haven't posted about some of the ports yet in this trip report but I'd like to re-visit all of them.  

 

I wasn't sure how Vision would work out with no helipad or other forward areas to view glaciers or canals but having done the canal now she was a great ship to experience it on.  Next time I may just stay down on deck 5 for most of it and catch some upper views once in a while.  

 

I also feel that I could now do a partial Panama Canal cruise and not feel any FOMO from not doing the full transit so that's a possibility for a return cruise.

 

I'll add some more thoughts in my cruise summary.

Edited by twangster

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Just now, suesnake2002 said:

GatunLake has Crocodiles and Caiman.  

 

🤤  i used to regularly swim and snorkle in gatun lake. 

Remember your photo where you saw a small island and said it was the top of a hill. Well when they flooded the lake alot of stuff was left down there. One particular thing was a railroad with cars. Back in the day that was a popular dive spot. 

I was very surprised to see a bridge by gatun lakes. The only way across used to be a metal bridge attached to the doors on the ocean side. It was cool to see the ships approaching as you drove across. Also you would get "locked" out. And have to wait for a ship to enter to drive across. 

 

The Canal Authority removed the train from the Gatun Lake awhile back and some of the equipment is on display at Miraflores Locks.  The link will take you to a web page with pictures of the removal.

 

http://www.czimages.com/CZMemories/frtrain/frtr_index.htm

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1 hour ago, BillB48 said:

 

The Canal Authority removed the train from the Gatun Lake awhile back and some of the equipment is on display at Miraflores Locks.  The link will take you to a web page with pictures of the removal.

 

http://www.czimages.com/CZMemories/frtrain/frtr_index.htm

 

Thanks for that information! 

 

Is that the locomotive I captured in this photo?

 

o2CUKP9.jpg

 

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My wife and I will never forget our full transit from West to East,  looking back after going through that last lock is still nothing I we will never forget. To see the level of the water behind the ship from where we came is unbelievable.

 

So when doing the full transit, be sure to be at the back of the ship for the last lock.

 

Still to this day is on top of our list as best cruises every. Not as port extensive as a Caribbean Cruise but as far as a relaxing cruise and the amazement of the engineering it took to make the canal it is a great cruise everyone should take no matter their ages.

 

Our cruise was on Radiance of the Seas back in 2004.

https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=7522

 

Above is our review my wife wrote up.

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6 hours ago, twangster said:

 

Thanks for that information! 

 

Is that the locomotive I captured in this photo?

 

o2CUKP9.jpg

 


I honestly don’t know, but does look like the one removed from the lake. Where was the photo taken, that may not be an easy question to answer for someone on a tour. 

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