Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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366 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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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
1,071 forum post
3 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
267 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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dafcpa
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our first time with NCL and we sailed with them because of their itinerary. We had always wanted to do the Panama Canal so we selected this cruise because we could also hit Columbia, Costa Rica, Belize and another Mexico port. ... Read more
newbie68
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
30 forum posts
5 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
2 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
8 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
tricia1234
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
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
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achistory46
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
19 forum posts
10 helpful votes
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
11 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
24 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
3 forum posts
16 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
ibcasper
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
163 forum posts
4 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
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T.S.Grove
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 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
425 forum posts
9 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
1,491 forum post
6 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
9 reviews
10 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
Teramo48
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
We got a great deal at $999 for an inside cabin and had always wanted to see the Panama Canal. The ship's decor is at first disconcerting as there doesn't seem to be a theme. But by the end of the cruise we were used to it. Our cabin ... Read more
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