Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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dugnhomie
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Panama Canal,Columbia sounded interesting. After booking and paying for the cruise,we received noticed that there would be an additional service charge of $15/person/day at checkout. Seems dishonest. Cruise went well. How can you change ... Read more
Yorkie0109
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Reservations: Overall the cruise was ok. We'd originally planned to do a transatlantic cruise, but it had sold-out, so this was the only cruise that fitted around the dates. We had been on the Pearl before, so knew more or less what to ... Read more
heavyoiler
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
24 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because we love sailing on Norwegian and had never seen the canal. Our room had an excellent view of the locks and entering Gatun Lake was the highlight of our cruise. Getting on and off the ship went extremely well; ... Read more
gmomt4
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
The Norwegian Pearl is a beautiful ship! Of course we didn't know that when we booked this cruise almost 2 years ago. We wanted the freedom of freestyle dining & our destination of choice was the Panama Canal. It also had taken me ... Read more
White Plains Chick
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Norwegian offers "Freestyle" Cruising. Smaller ships, and a more intimate experience. The food is excellent, the staff warm and friendly and the amenities and shore excursions are wonderful. Easy on and off for excursions. Lots ... Read more
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Tom the Builder
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
This is our first time on NCL on the 11 day Panama Canal cruise. Ship: Larger than most ships we cruise on. We always book a ‘mini suite’ regardless of the cruise line or the size of the ship. We enjoyed the larger ... Read more
Meg1234
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We live in Miami and like to go on cruises because it is super economical since we don't have to book flights. And Norwegian has the best deals going. We picked this cruise because of the amazing itinerary and we have enjoyed Norwegian ... Read more
EllieinNJ
Member Since 2009
1 review
488 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Originally booked an inside cabin but got an up sell to a balcony two days before sailing. So glad we did. The bow was too crowded but we could see the locks from our starboard balcony if we looked over the railing. Especially with ... Read more
Shynook11
Member Since 2012
4 reviews
13 forum posts
8 helpful votes
I booked this cruise with my husband and 13yr & 10yr old daughters. I knew the crowd for the length and ports would be mostly an older crowd. Let me tell you, they are so much fun! We have sailed in the past on Carnival, Princess ... Read more
Esperanza7
Member Since 2009
8 reviews
976 forum posts
As usual a little late with this review, but, better late than never!! Like any cruise, everyone’s opinions and experiences are different, which is what makes the Cruise Critic reviews so interesting. This was our 7th NCL cruise. ... Read more
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noni6
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Unfortunately, this cruise started out poorly and never really got much better. My husband has an issue with standing for extended periods of time, so we requested an "assisted boarding". I made sure we had the documentation ... Read more
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algebrateacher
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
I have wanted to sail the full Panama Canal cruise for years. Now that we are retired, my husband and I could do it! We flew to Miami two days before departure, so we could have some fun in Miami. We cruised the Bay of Biscayne-a great ... Read more
fjkjr
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
SImply a great cruise - The ship was fantastic, the crew incredibly attentive and polite, the food delicious, and the entertainment top notch. Loved all restaurants except Cagney's atmosphere did not do the food, or the other Cagney's ... Read more
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topdog11
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
69 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I always wanted to do a full transit of the Panama Canal. The Jewel was sailing on the dates of my 45 anniversary, so that is why we picked NCL Jewel. I usually sail with Royal and Carnival. The Jewel built in 2004 and went into dry ... Read more
coreyglab1955
Member Since 2017
1 review
Even if you know the history, have seen the documentaries and understand the engineering, a full passage of the Panama Canal is a MUST for any lover of history, science or travel. The senior crew members were very assessable and were ... Read more
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sprkysrn
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
My Husband has always been a Panama Canal Buff. So when I saw this cruise I gave it to him for our 38th wedding anniversary. Actually we spent our 39th for this cruise. Everything was great from our cabin steward Priscilla to the ... Read more
WIEBER
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
It was our 25 wedding anniversary, we chose going through the Panama canal. This was our first cruise. We disembarked on every stop. We enjoyed the sunshine, the itinerary was geared to the older folk, but we found things to do in the ... Read more
JohnAK
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We had an amazing experience. The staff were incredible. Never saw a grumpy face. Every day on board we were made to feel very special. The specialty restaurants provide a quality meal. I am 74 and the just had the best Lamp Chops at ... Read more
mr.blessed
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
62 forum posts
Sailed February 2017
We chose this cruise because it was Her turn to choose! It has been on Rachel's bucket list for awhile now. Mine too, a win win I call it! This was our first time on Norwegian and It was not a disappointment. I enjoyed the choice of food ... Read more
Lancsgirl52
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed February 2017
We chose this particular itinerary because of the unusual ports of call, especially Central America. This did not disappoint in the least. However, the NCL experience could have been better. First of all, embarkation was complete chaos ... Read more
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catlib55
Member Since 2002
1 review
155 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
For our fiftieth wedding anniversary, we decided to do a full transit of the Panama Canal. We had done a round trip partial transit ten day cruise several years ago, but this time decided to do a full transit. We embarked on the cruise ... Read more
debbyjg
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
10 friends celebrating one our friends birthday. Some of the group have cruised before but it was our first big cruise. We really enjoyed our experience on the Jewel. The staff made us feel very special, and were so perfessional and fun ... Read more
darrmarr
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
58 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
We wanted to experience a full transit of the canal and booked this trip with friends. We had a great time and the canal experience was unforgettable in every way. The ship is beautiful and the staff was very good. NCL has some ... Read more
Madmax164
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
This was our 5 th cruise with ncl. 3 of them on this ship. We are latatude members because we have traveled with them so many times. We are awarded certain perks. Standing in line for over 2 hours is not one of them. No more bringing soda ... Read more
edzucker
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
I wanted to see the Panama Canal. We have been on several jewel class NCL ships and like them. The layout of these ships works for us. I can't stand the smell of smoke and find it easy to avoid it on these ships. We sailed on the Sun a few ... Read more
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