The Panama canal had recently upgraded their lock system so that more ships can efficiently pass through. Carnival Cruise Line will now take it’s new ship Splendor through the canal to show it’s new capabilities. The ship was too large to pass through with the old lock system si this will open things up for future opportunities. The Panama Canal was created to open up a safe passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Previous voyages had to be done through the dangerous seas between South America and Antarctica.
The ship is capable of holding over 3,000 passengers. The voyage will begin in Miami and end in Long Beach, California. The entire voyage will last 13 days and mostly take place in the Caribbean. It will stop at the ports in Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The Splendor has been in service since 2007 for various routes. The ship includes services such as on board restaurants, theater plays, nightclubs, spas, water slides, on board casino and more. Many of the routes go through the Caribbean and Latin America and typically lasts 4 to 8 days.
Other cruise lines to offer routes through the Panama Canal include Princess Cruise lines, Disney Cruise lines and Norwegian Cruise line. The Caribbean Princess was previously too large for the old canal but now it is capable of going through. The massive 4,000-passenger Norwegian Bliss has plans on going through the new Canal in 2018.