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277 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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cruisinlibrarian
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
166 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Since the Panama Canal was on my bucket list of places to see, this partial transit cruise from Miami fit our schedule perfectly. While this was our first time on the Pearl, we have done all the other "jewel" class ships and ... Read more
Pastor Gary
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our 5th cruise with NCL. Loading and unloading went smooth as normal. Our room steward was great and kept our room neat and clean with some new towel animals. entertainment was way below par from previous cruises. Do not order ... Read more
newbie68
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
30 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our fourth cruise in two years. We had previously sailed on the Reflection (Celebrity) the Getaway, the Sky and this cruise. Embarkation was smooth and reasonably quick. We arrived at the pier around 11:40 A.M. and we were on the ... Read more
elliemae69
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
I have never seen so many morbidly obese, immobile senior citizens in one place in my life. I was shocked at the demographics of the passengers on this cruise. Having said that, we did meet several super nice folks on this cruise with ... Read more
datdat11@verizon.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
The best cruise we've had yet. Awesome entertainment,great itinerary nice clean ship. A wonderful crew on this ship. Everyone was friendly and more visible than on previous cruises. The activities director seemed to be everywhere making ... Read more

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tricia@silverpen.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
This was my third cruise, and my first with NCL. I was part of a third-party tour group, and our group embarked later in the afternoon. There were no lines, and the process was quick and easy. Our cabin was ready when we arrived, and our ... Read more
achistory46
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
19 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my 10th cruise with Norwegian and my second aboard the Pearl so I pretty much thought I would be experiencing things that I am generally used to and happy with.. However I must say that the itinerary and staff on this cruise were ... Read more
Justno
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was my first and last cruise. I cruised on the NCL Pearl to the Panama Canal. I prefer paying for my vacation and vacationing without the worry of penny pinching. Unfortunately, for this vacation I felt like I was watching my nickels ... Read more
oladyrobin
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
19 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was our 24th cruise and the 4th with Norwegian. after a terrible trip on the escape I was skeptical about this trip but had already booked. However it was a whole different story with this ship and in a good way. my negatives were ... Read more
jivey30528
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
I have cruised exclusively with NCL and have completed 7 cruises. NCL has a new boarding policy that is horrible. On all my other cruises you boarded when after you checked in. NCL now issues group boarding numbers. We waited after check ... Read more

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ibcasper
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
80 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Ship was extremely well managed. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food was better than the average. Evening shows were mixed. Some very good shows and some were not so good. Ports visited were not as good as what we have experienced in the ... Read more
T.S.Grove
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I just recently returned from a Panama cruise that started in Miami and ended in LA on the Jewel. We where both pleasantly surprised at how well the ship has been maintained. The exterior white surfaces show little signs of ... Read more
Zen88
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
406 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
The Norwegian Jewel is a wonderful ship. Lots of great meeting places including the Martini bar, the Fizz lounge and the Atrium Java bar. The entertainment was excellent especially loved the show band and Randon. I did not enjoy the Garden ... Read more
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daryleann
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
1,404 forum post
4 helpful votes
I read with interest the reviews about the 'old Jewel' but you would never know it was old as the signs were interactive and the colors were bright. Yes, our cabin showed wear, but it is bound to show wear after all the many cruisers. We ... Read more
Steve551
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I just returned from a 14-day Panama Canal cruise on the NCL Jewel (Feb 28th – Mar 13th). We flew in to MIA. The process of getting us to the ship went very smoothly, we used NCL transfers. BUT once we got to the port ... Read more

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evvvvv
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Destination(s): Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Acapulco, Mexico Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala Corinto, Nicaragua Puntarenas, Costa Rica Panama Canal, Panama Cartagena, Colombia Miami, Florida Embarkation: Quite ... Read more
tonyjo
Member Since 2014
1 review
10 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Nice stay in the LA airport Hotel, shuttle from Hotel back to airport should of had better info we searched until a security guard took us to our pick up point for the ship, from port to ship smooth. Our internal cabin was laid out in ... Read more
JsEscape2
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
159 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our 6th cruise on NCL and 2nd cruse on the JEWEL. We were on the Jewel three years ago for the Alaskan cruise. Embarkation: We took a shuttle from our hotel in San Pedro to the port. We checked our luggage right there ... Read more
LucyGaye
Member Since 2012
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We enjoyed our time on the Jewel. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 9, starboard. Shore excursions: Took four ships tours. Cabo, Guatemala and Puntarenas - no complaints. The shore excursion to Leon could have been better. The guide ... Read more
Blond60
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
The food and the entertainment were the best! The Norwegian in house band was the best we have seen. Even the lunch BBQ around the pool was very good. On the negative, people were saving chairs and sun beds with towels, so there was no ... Read more

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Luckyswife
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This was our first time cruising with NCL. Sadly it was a cold day in Tampa when we were departing and due to the norovirus being found on the ship, we had to stand outside for 2.5 hours while they cleaned. We were so cold and hungry ... Read more
sandiditto@aol.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We have used NCL so many times we are platimum members. This cruise was not so up to par so to speak. We were to receive choclate and strawberries in our rooms upon checkin. Four days later I had to call and ask for them. I was told I ... Read more
brothermac1
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We had read numerous reviews about this ship, and were frankly a bit apprehensive before boarding. The embarkation process was painfully slow, but once we finally got on board, here's what we have heard, and our response to it: The food ... Read more
Steven1971
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
My wife and I were looking forward to this trip and were very disappointed in the quality of experience on the NCL pearl. We have taken 5 cruises in the last 9 years, the last three with Norwegian. I expect to continue to cruise ... Read more
kellenz
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
I have cruised with Norwegion before, and several other cruise lines, but probably will look for another cruise line next time. When I first got on the boat I had high hopes for a wonderful cruise. My first experience with ... Read more

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