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Costa Luminosa transit to open Panama Canal 2015/16 season

Costa Luminosa transit to open Panama Canal 2015/16 season
The Panama Canal cruise ship season 2015-2016 will officially begin on October 3 with the transit of Costa Luminosa, on a round the world voyage which started in Italy.

'Approximately 220 cruise ships are expected to transit through the Panama Canal during this season that spans from October 2015 to April 2016,' said international trade specialist Albano G. Aguilar of the vice presidency for planning and business development. The number of cruise ships transiting through the waterway is similar to past seasons.
Just like previous years, cruise lines including Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line will offer itineraries of 10 or more days, including the Panama Canal as part of the experience.
In addition, smaller cruise ships will also transit through the waterway, including the National Geographic Sea Lion and Star Breeze, with shorter seven- and eight-day itineraries, respectively, along the west coast of Central America.
New ships featuring the Panama Canal include Pearl Mist which will transit on January 16, 2016.