Princess Cruise Line Marks 50th
Anniversary of Panama Canal Voyages with its First Mega-Liner Crossing
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (November 9, 2017) – Princess
was the first cruise line to take guests through the Panama Canal in 1967, one
of the world's most coveted engineering marvels. Fifty years later, the cruise
line marks another major milestone with the very first mega-cruise ship,
Caribbean Princess, to
traverse the newly expanded "Neo-Panamax" Locks.
Marking the 50th anniversary in 2017,
Caribbean Princess is the first post-Panamax cruise ship to take more than
3,000 guests through the newly opened Agua Clara locks on the Atlantic side of
the canal that opened in June 2016, as part of the 10-year, $5.4 billion
Previously, only vessels with a maximum width
of 106 feet could enter the locks. Caribbean Princess with a width of 118 feet,
112,894 tons and carrying 3,200 guests, sailed through the expanded locks for
the first of 13 scheduled crossings on October 26, during the ship's 2017-2018
Panama Canal schedule.
"Marking our 50th anniversary taking
guests to the Panama Canal in 2017 is a huge milestone so it's equally
thrilling that we will also observed the occasion by being the first cruise
line to sail a mega-ship through the newly expanded locks," said Jan Swartz,
Princess Cruises and Carnival Australia group president. "The widely
anticipated expansion of the Panama Canal allows us to showcase this
engineering spectacle to more guests than ever on our larger ships."
guests sail through the epic waterway that shaped the course of history by
linking the world's two mightiest oceans with an industrial feat that, even 100
years later, remains so breathtaking and monumental that it was named a "Cruise
World Wonder" by Condé Nast Traveler. Onboard, expert narration
enlightens guests as Princess ships pass through the locks and authentic
Panamanian cuisine is served in the dining rooms. With port calls in Central
America, South America and the Caribbean, ashore there is everything from Costa
Rican rainforests to old world cities like Cartagena that recall the age of
The only cruise line to offer a full season
of voyages from fall through spring, Princess Cruises delivers the most
itinerary options and sailing dates with three ways to experience the Panama
Canal - roundtrip from the East Coast on 10-day sailings, roundtrip from the
West Coast on 19-day sailings, or a full transit from ocean to ocean on 15-day
Caribbean Princess recently underwent a
multi-million-dollar renovation that included seven new food and beverage
offerings, an updated youth & teen Center – Camp Discovery, more
interconnecting staterooms, and updated décor.
information about Panama Canal cruise vacations aboard Caribbean Princess,
Coral Princess and Island Princess can be found at princess.com/panamacanal.
Additional information about Princess Cruises
is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS, or
by visiting the company's website at princess.com.
# # #
About Princess Cruises:
One of the
best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour
company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their innovative
design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and amenities, all
provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. Princess carries
two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations around the globe on
more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to 114 days. The company
is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE:CUK).
media information is available at princess.com/news.
For further information contact:
Brea Burkholz, 661-753-1542, firstname.lastname@example.org