Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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442 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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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
73 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
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
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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
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
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darrmarr
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
61 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
Jimsr44
Member Since 2017
2 reviews
4 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was a Panama Canal through transit from Los Angeles, Ca, to Miami, Fl. It was on my wife's and my bucket list. The boarding process was easily done. There was only one hiccup. Actual boarding was delayed for three and one half ... 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
dennis49
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We've taken five cruises on NCL, all in the Haven going back about six years. We had certain expectations based on that past experience, and we were disappointed with a number of them. Let's start with the embarkation. My wife needs a ... Read more
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TTWestie
Member Since 2012
1 review
New ports that we've never been to made us book this cruise, and we always have been pleased with NCL. The ports were so interesting, our steward so caring, ship was lovely, though we use the ship more to get to destinations rather than ... Read more
Gerryleam
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
Having been through the Suez twice, we wanted to do the Panama, & were really pleased that we choose the 'Jewel". We had 3 days in Long Beach, staying at the Hyatt Regency, which was great, prior to boarding, which was a ... Read more
parshuuter
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
Sailed February 2017
We cruised the Canal 29 years ago and were anxious to do this cruise again. We had a very good experience. There was a 2 hour delay at embarkation as there was a surprise Coast Guard inspection so the cruise did not get off to a great ... Read more
SuzieeQ
Member Since 2005
1 review
77 forum posts
This was our 1st cruise on NCL and it was great. The service is outstanding. We really enjoyed meeting new people, going to the nightly shows, watching movies, being able to choose from a variety of dining options and taking part in some ... Read more
harlena
Member Since 2005
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Cruise was chosen because of length and destination. Buffet food was delicious, but ice cream machines were not always functioning. It would have been nice to have an ice cream machine near the pool. Coffee was too strong for our taste. ... Read more
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How much longer?
Member Since 2016
1 review
66 forum posts
We booked this cruise for the Panama Canal. Everything else was just extras. We are a married couple in our mid 50s and this is our 15th cruise overall, 7th on NCL. We live on the east coast, so we booked the LA to Miami route so we ... Read more
organist65
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2017
This was my 14th cruise-5th with NCL. GOOD: (1) The ports and shore excursions were great. My DH and I took the ship's excursions and didn't mind spend a bit more to ensure we returned to the ship on time. I learned a lot about the ... Read more
Spaniellady
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
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
presporak
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed January 2017
Partly because of price but not significance difference. Organization of boarding procedure in Miami - extremely poor - substandard. Service and employees - very good. Excursion vere very poorly organized mainly information to ... Read more
Gmfranklin
Member Since 2017
1 review
This was our eighth cruise and second on the Norwegian Cruise line. We chose this cruise because of the extensive port calls, 9 in 16 days including the full transit of the Panama Canal. First the Pros of this cruise. We had ... Read more
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