Today, with the crossing of the Island Princess through the Panama Canal, the cruise season begins and will run through the middle of next year, expecting the crossing of more than 200 hundred passenger ships through the interoceanic highway. The island Princess, from Los Angeles, California heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, marks the beginning of the 2011-2012 cruise season. This cruise ship, owned by the Princess Cruise Line, will make a 14-day voyage. According to Jaime Castillo, international trade specialist from the Panama Canal Research and Market Analysis Office, approximately 205 cruise ships are predicted this season, which will run through the middle of next year.
Among the main cruise ship companies that are considering Panama as a destination and the Panama Canal crossing experience are the following: Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line, all of which have duration itineraries of 10 days or more.