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, Florida.
“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.