Many thanks for all the replies, most helpful to us and we can't wait for January 09'.
Fort Lauderdale in January is warm but a sweat shirt or cardigan (depending on your dress style) would be advisable especially for the evenings. The same applies to San Diego but apart from that light-weight clothes will be all you'll need for day wear and the usual dress styles for evening wear on board remembering that the ships are air conditioned and can seem cold at times. A really good time of year to go. Oh! Perhaps taking some light rainwear may be a good strategy ....Nei.
We did the canal in May 2005 and we found the weather on that ocassion a bit cloudy with ocassional rain showers but I have red reports of other finding it much warmer and drier than we did. So yes take something with you as some of the most spectacular views are when another ship passes you. We thought the most spectacular view was the west where you are starting from the east is not so great. The final word on the weather is this is area is in a rain forest environment and at some point in time you will be told how the canal uses the rain water to operate the locks. On our trip we received a certificate from the captain saying we had navigated the full length of the canal, in other words he certified us !
The only warm clothing you will need is for your trip to and from the airport in the UK. The weather in the area of the Panama Canal is hot all year roun.
We took the same cruise on Mercury in 2007. Fantastic cruise
weather hot and humid. No warm clothes needed here except to fly out of cold Britain.The Canal passage itself is awesome a wonderful feat of Engineering. We were on deck most of the day and unfortunately i burnt my scalp. Should have worn a hat it was over 100% so please do not make the same mistake use plenty of sunscreen also.Staff on The Mercury are wonderful this was our second trip on her and although now quite an old ship standards had not slipped and Celebrity are still the best Cruise line
Can someone tell me if any of the cruises to panama canal also takes in going under the california bridg.
Mr/Mrs/Ms Davies of Ruislip, You need to post your question as a new topic, I don't think you will get any replies to it on this.