Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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318 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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MrChocoholic
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
78 forum posts
4 helpful votes
The sales rep from NCL, assured me when I booked this cruise that no passport was necessary. Trusting him and his training, I plunked my money down and started planning shore excursions--two weeks before departure. As I started my online ... Read more
Mdurso
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
From the beginning we did not have a great experience at embarkation in Miami. It took at least 30 minutes waiting in line just to check our passports. Then we went through security which took another 25 minutes. But wait the fun was just ... Read more
chatuga
Member Since 2004
1 review
3 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I was a solo traveler on the Norwegian Pearl and really impressed with the entire staff on this ship. In particular there was an activities person assigned to us who planned daily activities that we could join in on if we desired. I ... Read more
Wuburt
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The itinerary included the Panama Canal and Belize on dates that fit into our schedule. Embarkation and disembarkation were the usual. In the buffet restaurants the hottest item was the plate! Most everything served was bland and ... Read more
bondoobie
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Norwegian Pearl is a pearl of a ship, she is clean, friendly and full of really good vibes. We went on a 12 day cruise and just returned today. I have learned that having a good cruise is having a great ship not just the port of calls. ... Read more
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mjfun78
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose Norwegian Sun ship because of the itinerary. NCL is our cruise choice. We left out of Miami. We like to visit Miami. We went to South Beach for the day. We got a inside cabin in the 8th floor, aft. We arrived at the dock at 10:00 ... Read more
Stonymtncruiser
Member Since 2012
5 reviews
113 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our second time thru the canal and the second time on this ship. We choose this cruise because of the itinerary as it had three ports we had not being to before. As Latitude members we were able to get on board rather quickly ... Read more
north112
Member Since 2011
1 review
14 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Overall impressions – Generally, the ship was clean and well maintained and the staff were generally upbeat and friendly. The special 15-day dining room menu had good variety but the buffet offerings were average. There were only ... Read more
Melscocoa
Member Since 2011
1 review
15 forum posts
Panama Canal cruise... Cruise was great. The Pearl is due for an update this February which it needs. But overall the shows were great, with exception of the Elvis, Madonna, and Tina Turner look alikes. WE LOVE TIM KOMINSKY and have ... Read more
Breezy53
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 19th cruise, 8 with NCL. Not good from the start. We had priority check in, but so did everybody else. Waited over 30 minutes to do so. Sailed 2 hours late because NCL couldn't get bags loaded efficiently. They were obviously ... Read more
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Cobbydale
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had cruised Norwegian before & loved it, this one not so. We thought the crew were not so friendly (excepting cabin stewards), particularly bar staff! Stardust theatre shows were mostly average.....except for Duo Balskatt ... Read more
ganlem
Member Since 2014
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
The Panama Canal was the highlight of the tour. Other than that, everything was average. The food was the same every day....boring and mundane. The onshore excursions offered by NCL were pricey and not interesting. The worst part is ... Read more
rpiwonka
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We had gone through the Canal in 2014 and we wanted to do it again. Last time we had an Aft facing cabin and this time we did a forward facing. Two entirely different perspectives of the Canal. We had been on the Pearl before for an ... Read more
Gregwhiz
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was our 1st cruise with NCL. I think we will likely be cruising with another line in the future. Before I go blasting away, I do want to say that for the most part, this is a nice ship with a great crew. Before we even got on the ... Read more
rolsen222
Member Since 2015
1 review
13 forum posts
I was traveling with my 81 year old mom who has limited mobility. We wanted a cruise with interesting ports we haven't seen before. We both enjoyed the cruise immensely. It was a great blend of interesting places and relaxing sea days. ... Read more
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Lady Longhorn
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
57 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I went to San Diego on Thursday, one day before departure. Wyndham San Diego Bayside provided a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel, which is directly across the street from the departure port. The hotel was very nice, the area ... Read more
firegal2539
Member Since 2013
10 reviews
895 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Norwegian Sun Cruise 9/30 to 10/14/16 Panama Canal Easiest transfer from San Diego airport to cruise port. My flight arrived on time, I had purchased transfers through NCL. Retrieved luggage and immediately an NCL representative ... Read more
BitznDar
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
We are retirees- cruising the Panama Canal was a 'Bucket List' adventure for us and we weren't disappointed. This was just our 2nd cruise...first time we had a balcony cabin which we enjoyed but we booked this Panama Cruise only a month ... Read more
tg52tg52
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
I was looking for a cruise through the Panama Canal that ended in Los Angeles. The Norwegian Pearl was the only cruise ship to start in Florida and to end in Los Angeles with free style dining. My husband does not want to cruise on a ... Read more
atomax
Member Since 2012
1 review
251 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We wanted to check out the Panama Canal since it's one of the manmade Wonders of World. We did not realize that this was a repositioning cruise until we were on it (the Pearl is headed up to Alaska for the spring/summer). The itinerary was ... Read more
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jimread33@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We like the value. Good cruise for a decent price. We like the smaller ships, i.e Sun, Pearl, Star. Entertainment was very good. Our mini-suite was very good, except we would have perferred two easy chairs instead of the sofa. Stateroom ... Read more
Retiredsailor
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
26 forum posts
4 helpful votes
10 DAY PANAMA CANEL FROM MIAMI (ROUNDTRIP) We depart from Ottawa On, on the 03 Apr 2016 to fly to Miami. On arrival in Miami we flagged down the shuttle to Embassy Suite at the Airport, we had gotten the Cruise Package which included ... Read more
cruisinlibrarian
Member Since 2008
5 reviews
167 forum posts
7 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
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
jmmabq
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
Embarkation was smooth and efficient. The Miami NCL folks have plenty of experience and it shows. Disembarkation was even easier. We used the easy walk off and were through customs by 8:30. We had an interior room. It was clean and ... Read more
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