The Celebrity Millennium, with capacity for more than 2,000 passengers, started this year's cruise season by navigating from the Pacific side of the Panama Canal over to the Atlantic to continue on its 15-day journey from San Diego, California to the port of Fort Lauderdale, in Florida, U.S.
Albano Aguilar, an international trade specialist in Panama Canal's Commercial Planning and Development department, says they expect over 200 crossings this season, on par with previous years, which confirms that this route continues to be appealing to tourists in this country.
The leading shipping lines will send their boats on itineraries lasting over 10 days towards Panama and its main attraction of the waterway.
Other cruise ships that plan to transit the Panama Canal include National Geographic's Sea Lion and Windstar's Wind Spirit, which will ply the west coast of Central America on short routes.
Three cruises will be going on their first trip through the Panama Canal, starting with Carnival Imagination.