Disney Cruise Line uses new Panama Canal Locks
Disney Cruise Line has become the first major cruise company to sail through the new and wider Panama Canal locks.
The Disney Wonder, which has the capacity for over 1,700 passengers, passed through the canal en route to San Diego during a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla.
“The original Panama Canal has been a cruise destination for many years,” said Panama Canal Deputy Administrator Manuel Benitez. “Today’s historic transit marks the beginning of cruise lines being able to include the new locks as part of their itineraries, opening up additional transit options and allowing cruise passengers to witness first-hand this feat of modern engineering.”
The Panama Canal Authority said lines have booked 18 trips across the new locks for the 2017-2018 season. By Sept. 30, cruise lines will send 233 vessels across, either by the old or new Panama Canal locks.
The Panama Canal Expansion was the largest infrastructure project since the Canal’s opening in 1914. The Expanded Canal provides the world’s shippers, retailers, manufacturers and consumers with greater shipping options, better maritime service, enhanced logistics and supply-chain reliability.
Since its inauguration on June 26, 2016, the Expanded Canal increases the waterway’s capacity to meet the growing demand of maritime trade using larger vessels, which means that the Panama route provides important economies of scale.