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(1) I think this is the all time record for a ship sponsored excursion since the ship was scheduled to leave port at 6 PM but our group from Equinox (dozens) re-boarded the ship at 7:30 PM (ship was held for our return) The bottom line cause of this was being held up in the locks for 3 hours because the Panama Canal control is in the hands of Panama instead of the USA and they were holding 2 tour boats hostage for 3 hours (waiting for a big cargo ship paying big bucks to use the canal) under the premise that water is so precious that only big ships warrant dumping the umpteen million gallons of water (readily available) to allow ships to go thru locks. This is nothing less than an act of being held hostage by their country for their financial benefit and crapping on tourists with no regard whatsoever for their comfort (NO A/C ON CANAL CRUISE BOATS) and makes one wonder if someone with a medical emergency would receive help in time or just be written off as a casualty of Panama Canal misfortune. (2) X-Rails: Are you willing to endure hours of driving an oversized go cart? (no power steering - requires brute strength to turn these i.e. most women not strong enough) also, rather than needing a bandana to screen out dust on trail thru tropical forest - after torrential rains days before - this excursion involved driving thru huge deep mudpuddles (dozens and dozens one after another) BOTH WAYS on trail to and from Jade Caverns. On the trail many breakdowns (ours lost front wheel - mechanic guy was provided apparently because such things happen often - another one lost a back wheel) and for repeat off course incidents they must throw lever at rear bumper to get reverse - no gear controls in buggies. When they say "strenuous" with this excursion that's a gross understatement. (3) This was our FIRST one with Celebrity after having 8 cruises on Royal Caribbean sequentially moving up to ever larger ones as they were built: (biggest of 8) Explorer - Mariner - Freedom - Independence - Oasis - Allure - also did Sovereign 3 day with grandkids, and last year a 10 day on Vision of the Seas. We will likely go back to RCL and the new Solstice class ship with our next cruise.

Cruise with 11 hour Panama Canal Excursion & X-Rails Dune Buggies to J

Celebrity Equinox Cruise Review by MegaShipCruiser

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(1) I think this is the all time record for a ship sponsored excursion since the ship was scheduled to leave port at 6 PM but our group from Equinox (dozens) re-boarded the ship at 7:30 PM (ship was held for our return) The bottom line cause of this was being held up in the locks for 3 hours because the Panama Canal control is in the hands of Panama instead of the USA and they were holding 2 tour boats hostage for 3 hours (waiting for a big cargo ship paying big bucks to use the canal) under the premise that water is so precious that only big ships warrant dumping the umpteen million gallons of water (readily available) to allow ships to go thru locks. This is nothing less than an act of being held hostage by their country for their financial benefit and crapping on tourists with no regard whatsoever for their comfort (NO A/C ON CANAL CRUISE BOATS) and makes one wonder if someone with a medical emergency would receive help in time or just be written off as a casualty of Panama Canal misfortune.
(2) X-Rails: Are you willing to endure hours of driving an oversized go cart? (no power steering - requires brute strength to turn these i.e. most women not strong enough) also, rather than needing a bandana to screen out dust on trail thru tropical forest - after torrential rains days before - this excursion involved driving thru huge deep mudpuddles (dozens and dozens one after another) BOTH WAYS on trail to and from Jade Caverns. On the trail many breakdowns (ours lost front wheel - mechanic guy was provided apparently because such things happen often - another one lost a back wheel) and for repeat off course incidents they must throw lever at rear bumper to get reverse - no gear controls in buggies. When they say "strenuous" with this excursion that's a gross understatement.
(3) This was our FIRST one with Celebrity after having 8 cruises on Royal Caribbean sequentially moving up to ever larger ones as they were built: (biggest of 8) Explorer - Mariner - Freedom - Independence - Oasis - Allure - also did Sovereign 3 day with grandkids, and last year a 10 day on Vision of the Seas. We will likely go back to RCL and the new Solstice class ship with our next cruise.
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Cabin 1591
Although we had a nice cabin and it came with nice amenities (champagne & fruit on arrival) daily afternoon canapes and our own specialty restaurant (BLU) we had noted that the food served in BLU vs RCL dining room was not all that much different. We felt that paying about 50% more for the upgraded AquaClass probably was more justified to those who used the Spa privileges daily that also came with the class upgrade.
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