Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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376 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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Spaniellady
Member Since 2013
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed three weeks ago
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and had cruised on NCL before and had good experiences with the line. I'm not saying this was a bad experience, I am saying it was generally "blah." I say that ... Read more
Ganna02
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed January 2017
My husband has always wanted to traverse the Panama Canal so this was a "bucket list" cruise. Overall, the Jewel is a great ship - easy to navigate, friendly crew, good food, excellent shows and a comfortable cabin. We had ... Read more
TCHQ
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first time with Norwegian. Honestly, I was very disappointed with everything, from food to entertainment. For 15 days, we had the same menu in the Garden Café, in specialty dining venues like Chin Chin, Teppanyaki, ... Read more
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RWS1211
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Average cruise with limited daytime activities and below par evening entertainment On board costs extravagant with a cost of 4,000 usd for a medical issue which could have been resolved in 30 minutes but took 4 hours Excursions are ... Read more
waltonfarms
Member Since 2012
1 review
21 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
Going through the canal was great. Having to go clear to Catagena is terrible. The NCL personnel are great. Food was good. Some entertainment was real good some not very good. We were ripped off on some excursions through NCL. We went on ... Read more
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Traveling 12s
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed January 2017
This was a really terrific cruise. Spent a few extra days in Miami prior to sailing and went into every port of call. The crew and staff were fantastic. Food was great minus a few small problems. Entertainment was great and we enjoyed ... Read more
Brabus08
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise as it was calling at ports we had not visited before and wanted to transit the Panama Canal from the other direction (Pacific to Caribbean) as we had been through the canal in the past from Caribbean to Pacific Ocean. ... Read more
TravelDude2017
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Booked this Panama Canal cruise from L.A. to Miami to cross off my bucket list. Got a great price inclusive of air and transfers. Embarkation at San Pedro went relatively smoothly. Food at Garden Cafe was average at best. Breakfast was ... Read more
topcat326
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
We flew in from London and stayed that night at an airport hotel before being transferred to the ship. My wife and I chose this cruise be cause it gave us the opportunity to do some whale watching, travel the Panama Canal and get some ... Read more
quiltlady65
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
This was an item on our bucket list. We had heard so much about cruising the Panama Canal that we decided that would be our next trip. What a great decision. Our room was at the very back of the ship, and we enjoyed many an hour sitting ... Read more
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JRC2523
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
8 helpful votes
My wife and I had never been to the Panama Canal and some of the other ports. This was a bucket list trip. We went with a group of 54. Norwegian's subcontractor for port transfers SMS Shore Operations did a terrible job at both LA and ... Read more
Seven Cruises
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary- one port in Mexico, four ports in Central America, and one port in South America, and the length of the cruise - eleven nights. Watching the ship go through the Panama Canal was very ... Read more
Elijah598
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Ok, the first time I went on a cruise, I sailed on the NCL Dawn with my new wife. It was then that I fell in love with cruising. However, since then, we have sailed on a number of other cruise lines and I must say I have been spoiled. ... Read more
tgtcat6
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We originally chose the cruise because it went to the ports we wanted to see and we were able to get it for a pretty cheap price. This was my first NCL cruise and liked the fact that you could do things when you wanted and not on a ... Read more
twils2006
Member Since 2011
1 review
46 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Pros: Embarkation the best, lunch then cabin was ready. Disembark a little chaotic as we left at 9. Advice leave earlier to avoid lines. Excellent ports of call. Did all our own research on ports and tours and was not disappointed in ... Read more
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M1chiganGirl
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We choose this cruise because it was on sale and wanted to visit some new locations, such as the Panama Canal and Cartegena, Colombia. Went with a group of family members and friends between the ages of 30 - 70 and there seemed to be ... Read more
mitakart
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We like small cruise ships, about 2500 passengers. The food at the dinning room was great and so the food in all the specialty restaurants. The buffet, indoor and on the pool deck, was ok, just ok. Best is to eat the dinning room, two ... Read more
toseawego
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
I'm sorry to have to report this was the worst experience on a cruise we have ever had. This is my 17th crusie and I've used several other crusie lines including a Norwegian crusie once before. From the start things we questionable. ... Read more
FloaterGirl
Member Since 2013
9 reviews
65 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised on the Pearl several times and we have always enjoyed the smaller ship "feel" of it. The Pearl did not fail us this Christmas. And, as always, we attribute the success of NCL to the staff so I'll start there. ... Read more
ToddKTT
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This was our third cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We chose this itinerary because it sailed into ports we have never visited. The ports we hit were Oranjestad, Aruba, Cartagena, Columbia, the Panama Canal and Colon, Panama, and ... Read more
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jmd718
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Overall, I gotta tell ya, this was a great cruise experience. The incredible crew, delicious foods and wonderful entertainment. We are both retired, in our 60s, excellent health and have many years of international travel experience. We ... Read more
ejb cruiser
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I love Norwegian! I traveled with my aunt who is disabled and I was also on crutches. I love the ship, the people, the ports, the length of cruise! We were given a free upgrade to balcony, but this moved us from mid-ship to all the way ... Read more
Boschmann
Member Since 2014
1 review
527 forum posts
6 helpful votes
My wife and I decided to take a long holiday cruise vacation this year since our adult children were going to be staying with their partner’s families. While we usually prefer NCL’s style of cruising and passenger makeup we ... Read more
tigergirl1019
Member Since 2017
1 review
One thing that surprised me that is dramatic different from the Royal Caribbean cruise is the ballroom dancing music perform by the bands. Each band only perform an hour so we always had to switch from one band to the next. It's like we ... Read more
davies
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
We flew into Miami and had no trouble getting through passport control not like last time. We then had a night in an airport hotel and the next morning had transfers to the port. It took about an hour to get on the ship and our cabin was ... Read more
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