Another First for Seabourn Odyssey: Transiting the Panama Canal

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Odyssey Transiting the Panama Canal

Odyssey Transiting the Panama Canal

On the morning of January 10th, Seabourn Odyssey started her maiden transit of the Panama Canal on her way from Cartagena, Colombia, to Puerto Caldera in Costa Rica as part of her inaugural World Cruise. Despite the rain showers, many guests chose to watch from the forward deck whilst others sat in comfort in the Observation Bar and around the Sky Bar area. Hotel Manager Vitor rigged a tent on the forecastle to serve the guests tea, coffee and pastries so that they need not leave their vantage points. There were some wonderful photo opportunities during the transit.  This photo shows us entering the first chamber of the Gatun Lock as we entered at 7 a.m. in the morning.  A Panama Canal commentator gave us a talk on the history of the canal which was most interesting. It will take us eight hours to pass from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Captain Mark Dexter Seabourn Odyssey

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Destination Manager Carol Frey emailed from on board to note another first: The Canal was the first time Odyssey "tasted" fresh water! bgood

My daughter, Amy Kirchmann, was lucky to be a crew member during the Seabourn Odyssey passage through the Panama Canal. She is from Umzumbe in South Africa. See you at the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Paul Kirchmann

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