The first cruise of the 2018-2019 season, the Seven Seas Mariner, transits the Panama Canal today. The season expects a total of about 234 ships of this type until next May.
The Seven Seas Mariner, which travels from the east coast to the west coast of the United States, will pass through the Miraflores lock around 7:30 local time (12.30 GMT) this Friday.
The Panama Canal Administration (ACP) said last Wednesday that thisseason ten new cruises will travel for the first time through the panamax or neopanamax locks, operative since 1914 and 2016, respectively.
He said that the Norwegian Bliss, the largest passenger ship to transit the Canal, would return to the neopanamax locks this season, along with the Caribbean Princess, the Carnival Freedom and the Disney Wonder.
"The Norwegian Bliss, which transited the Panama Canal for the first time in May 2018, weighs more than 168,000 gross tons and can transport almost 6,000 passengers," the ACP said.
The Panamanian interoceanic highway, where about 6 percent of world trade passes, joins more than 140 maritime routes and 1,700 ports in 160 different countries.