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Old 04-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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Transatlantic or panama canal??

Post which one u preferred and why...or which one you'd like to go on!
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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I am going to try both.
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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I am going to try both.
I've done both. And I'd do both again!
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I've done both. And I'd do both again!
Pros and cons of both??
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:59 PM   #5
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I did transatlantic. I am looking to do Panama Canal if I can find someone to split the cabin with. Otherwise, I will be doing another transatlantic.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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From what research my 10yo has done, it seems the excursions on the Panama canal cruise are "too amazing" and "must do" The TA (at least to Barcelona) has a lot more at sea days and the stops are few and far between.

The cost is another consideration because the TA seems a lot less expensive than the PC cruise.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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Pros and cons of both??
Transatlantic
many sea days (could be either pro or con, depending on whether being on the ship that long bothers you or not)
Weather could be a problem (not on our cruise, however) Springtime usually tends to have less rough seas, fall usually rougher.
Westbound - 25 hour days; Eastbound - 23 hour days (5X)


Panama Canal
Regardless of time year, could be humid/rainy
Again, WB - gain an hour, EB lose an hour (3X)


Both cruises - long (14 night), but that's what we like. Others don't really like being on the ship that long.
14 night cruises - different menu/shows every night.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:35 PM   #8
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I've never considered the TA because of the airfare cost to and from CA. Doesn't the flight to or from Europe add considerably to the cost making it overall more expensive than the PC?
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I have done the PC and am taking my first TA this May. Both are one way airfares, 4 of them, so they are much more expensive than "normal" fare. I suggest one uses points or miles if you have them..the cost for airfare - not always more expensive for TA.

Time is an issue! While the cruises are 2 weeks Once you are in Europe and spent the money for air, you can visit DL Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome etc or take a med cruise. So you can make it a 3+ week vacation..

For the PC , there are things to do in CA and certainly DL/DCA is a must but not the same and one can "get away with a 2 week and a few days vacation....

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Back to the original question:

I would do both..the canal is something to see, when I went there were lots of ports, so it was a great trip. I took one that left from LA, went to Cabo, PV, Acapulco, the canal, Cartagena, Aruba, Castaway Cay. Would I do it again? YES

For the EBTA 2013, there are only 2 ports and Castaway Cay. But I love being on the boat and there will be lots planned. plus I will spend 5 days in Barcelona. For the WBTA 2014, we will visit 5 ports and I will spend time in San Juan after the cruise and 1 week before the cruise in Paris or London or?.
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With the Panama Canal cruise you get to see the Panama Canal. It's actually kind of cool to view it from many different places. On my youtube channel I have a couple of videos I took from my cabin window and you can see the ship going through one of the locks. The wall of the canal was maybe about a foot away from me.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...eature=mh_lolz

As of the time this was posted I am adding some video's I fort to add to the playlist.
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I've never considered the TA because of the airfare cost to and from CA. Doesn't the flight to or from Europe add considerably to the cost making it overall more expensive than the PC?
From California, that could be a huge consideration. I am doing the TA next May and I plan to Priceline the flight home, ATL. However, you can get a 1 way ticket from LAX to MCO for $175 (sometimes less) on Southwest or Airtran. It would be more difficult to get a flight from Barcelona to CA for less than $800 (I think) I don't often price that out. Another thing would be to do book it separately. That might be a significant cost for West Coasters
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:17 PM   #13
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I've been on four Panama Canal cruises, and six Transatlantic cruises. If I were to pick just one, I would pick PC because it is such an amazing engineering feat.

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Old 04-19-2013, 12:44 AM   #14
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Did the Panama Canal with Princess Cruise Lines and loved the cruise because we left Puerto Rico and sailed to Acapulco spending 14 days. We stopped in two Caribbean islands and every country from Columbia north. We got to see lots of different cultures.

Did the Disney Trans-Atlantic Cruise and cannot wait for price of Airline Flights to go down were we can do it again. We loved all the sea days and then we got to see Portugal, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Seville and Barcelona. I see now they do not do as many stops going over. They loaded the ship with entertainment and the entertainers were on the ship for several days so they did lots of things that are not in their normal shows.

If I had to pick one it would be the Disney Trans-Atlantic cruise.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:47 AM   #15
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PC twice, and going again next month, WBTA once, probably going next year. If you haven't done the PC, it is a MUST DO at least once.
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