This weekend marked a milestone for the cruise industry when the Disney Wonder transited the Panama Canal as the first passenger vessel to go through the canal’s new set of locks.
It was a momentous occasion for everyone onboard as the ship completed its passage through the recently expanded waterway. My team was there so we could share the excitement with you, and we captured some amazing footage of this once-in-a-lifetime journey. Check it out …
The Disney Wonder Panama Canal crossing is part of a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Fla., to San Diego. The ship entered the Panama Canal from the Atlantic, beginning its journey at the new Agua Clara Locks. From there, the ship headed south through Gatun Lake and the Culebra Cut, passing through the new Cocoli Locks and under the Bridge of Americas before exiting to the Pacific.
Before and after our summer season in Alaska, the Disney Wonder will sail from San Diego to Baja and the Mexican Riviera. The ship departs the West Coast on Oct. 27 and will pass through the Panama Canal again to begin our Halloween on the High Seas cruises from Galveston, Texas.
I was so proud to be on this historic voyage. The fact that we were the first passenger ship though the new canal was only annoounced to us the day before. Unfortunately there was no “first passenger ship though the new canal” swag offered in the shops — just generic “Panama Canal 2017” items. However, every cabin got a special certificate and limited-edition print placed in their cabing after the passage. Too Cool!
Yes, bring the Wonder back to LA or Long Beach. It’s a bigger market than San Diego. What happened to the terminal that was supposed to be built? We went on the Magic for the Disneyland 50th and it was great! Headed to FL in December for Christmas cruise, but would prefer to go out of LA.
Yes bring back wonder to LA. Since 2012 I have been on 10 disney cruises. I just got back today from aulani beautiful but I have to admit, I’m addicted to disney cruises. My next cruise is in October for Halloween on the High Seas. So excited can’t wait….
Bring the Disney Wonder back to the Port of Los Angeles or Long Beach!