Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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444 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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littlegit
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
31 forum posts
The Pearl is a nice sized ship and we enjoyed our full transit Panama Canal voyage. The food was good enough that we both gained a lot of weight. If we had used the excellent fitness center perhaps the scales would have been kinder ... Read more
JRBurwell
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
We wanted to see the new locks of the Panama Canal and get a respite from the cold of the northwest. Our travel agent offered an exceptional value for our cruise. We enjoyed our mid ships mini suite very much and our cabin steward was a ... Read more
Molson04
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We choose the The Haven on the Pearl, a very excellent choice. All of the crew took excellent care of us, from JonJon, Bencar, Budi and Yahira to the friendly staff in the restaurants. They are all great ambassadors for NCL and should ... Read more
nursegator
Member Since 2015
1 review
8 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We wanted to travel through the Panama Canal. The consultant that talked to us as we were going through was excellent. We liked the fact that we could view from the big screen in the Atrium, go outside on the 12-14th floors, as well as the ... Read more
froggy1313
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
18 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
I wanted to compare NCL to the 12 Carnival Cruises (and 4 other lines) I have taken. Buffet A+ - Far Better than any ship I have been on. Great variety - Bakery also A+++ Main Dining C- (lack of quality meat, service MEH, took to ... Read more
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jadavidson46
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Our embarkation in Miami was very easy and well organized. Check-in was quite smooth with minimal fuss. Once on board, we were able to visit the buffet for a light lunch while we waited for the call that staterooms were ready, which ... Read more
CGMCruisers
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
458 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We had been looking for a Panama Canal transit cruise for some time and this cruise seemed like a good fit with the various ports of call and ending in Seattle (it was actually a 17 day cruise not a 14 day). We had sailed on NCL many years ... Read more
esc
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
35 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
For the first time ever, we decided to go "all the way to the top" and booked a Haven cabin. With our own pool, hot tub, sauna, butler(s), room steward, concierge, exercise area, shower/changing area, eating area, and upper sun ... Read more
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Smooky
Member Since 2005
9 reviews
1,728 forum post
1 helpful vote
We recently returned from our 10 night cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl to the Panama Canal. We chose this trip due to the itinerary and also to celebrate a birthday. Hopefully my review will cover most aspects of our trip. The ... Read more
VineyardsGal
Member Since 2012
1 review
25 forum posts
2 helpful votes
What a great cruise! This is our 8th NCL Cruise. We have cruised other lines but find we like NCL best. We like the Freestyle experience where we can go to dinner any time we like, not get dressed up. We like the very casual feel. ... Read more
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reader3
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We have traveled on 7-8 NCL cruises over the past 15 years. Most were just OK. This month we took a 10 day, Panama Canal cruise out of Miami, April 3-13th. It was so bad, I'm not sure where to begin. We booked a balcony and opted for ... Read more
sarajean
Member Since 2008
1 review
264 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We have sailed on a few different cruise lines. Enjoyed them all some better than others. Note they were all of the mega ships 3,000+. The Pearl was the smallest, first time in a mini suite, 10 day Panama canal. embarkation and ... Read more
dugnhomie
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
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
6 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
25 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
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kdmbluerzr
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise because we had sailed with NCL in the past and truly enjoyed it and we wanted to go to the Panama Canal, this particular itinerary was very appealing and it did not disappoint. The Pearl is our new favorite ship, loved ... Read more
gmomt4
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 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
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
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EllieinNJ
Member Since 2009
1 review
543 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
978 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
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
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