This is our second Grand Panama Canal cruise. In April 2009, our cruise on the Pacific Princess was effected by the H1N1 outbreak, which forced an itinerary change bypassing all of the ports in Mexico. This resulted in five consecutive sea days to San Francisco. Unfortunately, the sea days were not the relaxing variety as cool weather and bumpy seas made them seem longer than they were. In addition, the transit through the Canal took place on a rainy and cool day so we couldn’t spend the time on the deck seeing the sites.
The H1N1 pandemic is pretty much in control so we are looking forward our 15 day cruise aboard the beautiful Island Princess. This time around our expectations are for a sunnier, warmer, Panama Canal transit, and finally stopping in Mexico.