Panama Canal breaks record with the passage of cruise of 5,000 passengers


The Norwegian Bliss, a cruise with a capacity for 5,000 passengers

The Norwegian Bliss, a cruise with a capacity for 5,000 passengers, in May 2018 crossed the expansion of the Panama Canal and marked a new milestone for the interoceanic route, since it is the largest ship of this type that has traveled through its waters in its history.

The Norwegian Bliss is "the largest passenger ship that has traveled the interoceanic road, has a total length of 325.9 meters, sleeve (width) 41.4 meters (135.8 feet) and a draft of 8.3 meters," said the Canal Authority of Panama (ACP). The vessel, operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines and whose weight exceeds 168,000 gross tons, entered first in the morning through the locks of Agua Clara, on the Atlantic side.

The cruise began the trip in Miami and after crossing the canal, it will visit the east coast of Central America and Mexico, until it reaches its final destination in Los Angeles, California. The cruise has a laser battleship and the largest kart track on the sea in the world.

The Norwegian Bliss is one of the last passenger ships that will cross the channel in the cruise season 2017-2018, which officially ends on May 24 with the passage of the Pacific Princess. The deputy administrator of the interoceanic highway, Manuel Benítez, mentioned that the ship also broke the established cruise ship entry mark of the Caribbean Princess ship, which paid $ 560,000 on its last pass, while the Norwegian Bliss paid $ 891,600 between tolls and other maritime services.

Container ships are the ones that pay the most with 1.2 million dollars per transit. The season will give revenues in tolls for about 56 million dollars.