Trip to the Panama Canal cruises is the most thrilling and adventurous outing of a lifetime. It is too different and exciting from the topical cruises of the Caribbean. It is around fifty one mile passes through the canal with enriched American history experience. You will get the opportunity to witness the mechanics of sailing ship through this water body. If you want your canal trip to be a successful and smooth one, then observe the following pointers for optimum and satisfactory results.
- You need to first find out a travel agent or a cruise line which offers cruise ships. Ensure that it takes maximum 700 passengers. If you take a canal on a small ship then it will be friendlier and smoother as you will get a chance to interact with other sailors too. Bigger ships become way too cumbersome and also cause scratching of the canals and ports.
- It is important to book the cruise way in advance preferably sometime between September and April. Once you have booked your cruise, plan on the things you need to take for the canal ride and research a bit about the canal you will be taking.
- Have a detailed discussion with your travel agent to get the maximum information about the canal cruise you are taking. Ensure you find out all about what you would have wished to get out of the trip.
- Also make sure that the travel agent arranges the best itinerary so that your cruise must run smooth, relaxing and care free. For instance, if you are taking a ride to the Panama Canal Cruise then you must ask your agent to include a trip to the Panama City. The drive through the rain forest and sight of the old ruins of the old capital city, founded in 1519, along with an excursion to the colonial city Casco Antiguo would be extremely enriching and informative too.
- It is also important to book the cabin with a veranda or a balcony at the back of the ship. The are usually for an entire day so you can easily relax and enjoy the scenery with your drink.
- Make a list that you need for the cruise trip. Usually cruise lines provide the passengers with a list of standard procedures. Have a look at the list thoroughly and add anything in case you think something is missing.
- Start off by packing two days before boarding the cruise as you might have to do last minute shopping. Make a checklist of everything you need to ensure you do not miss out anything. This is important because things at the cruise is mostly for double or triple the price from the market.
- Check the weather conditions prior to your boarding. If you are going to a tropical place then the climate is likely to be hot and balmy with cool evening and rain storms occasionally. For clothing carry loose fitting cotton garments and sandals as they keep you comfortable for the day. Carry a light pull over or sweater for the chilly evenings. It is safer to carry a compact umbrella in case rain storms hits you.