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Panama Canal, Hot Spot for Cruise Ships

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More than 200 cruise ships crossed the Panama Canal in the 2011-2012 season which ended in May, making for a record number of cruises.

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200 Cruise Ships Transited the Canal in the 2011-2012 Season

A total of 200 cruise ships with more than 220,000 passengers crossed the Panama Canal in the recently concluded 2011-2012 season, reported this Monday, May 21, officials said. The cruise season ended last May 17 with traffic Celebrity Millenium, a ship of Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, detailed the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in a statement.

The Celebrity Millennium, which went through the interoceanic waterway from Miami , on the east coast of the United States, made ​​a 15-day journey to San Diego (California) in the U.S. West Coast. According to Jaime Castillo, Office of Research and Market Analysis of the Panama Canal, between October 1, 2011, when the season started, until 17 May, there were 200 cruise transits 222 000 203 passengers on board.

According to Castillo, the routes of these vessels are usually of short duration, covering the islands of the Caribbean and the east and west coasts of Central America. In this season we recorded the first transit of the Panama waterway Norwegian Jewel cruise ship operated by Norwegian Cruise Line, on 5 May. This ship, with capacity for 376 passengers 2000, sailed from New York in late April bound for Los Angeles, California.

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