Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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Seven Cruises
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
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
4 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
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
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mitakart
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 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
bethash
Member Since 2017
1 review
My first cruise was Destiny with Carnival, second; Valor with Carnival, Third Freedom with Royal Caribbean and the fourth was Norwegian Pearl. I booked this cruise with my husband, some friends came from Puerto Rico. The embarkation was ... Read more
toseawego
Member Since 2012
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
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
72 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
8 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
562 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
3 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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Ree5676
Member Since 2016
1 review
95 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This is our 2nd time on the Jewel! We enjoyed it so much in 2015 for Alaska. We booked the same suite for the Panama Canal! Priority embarkation went smoothly and very fast! We stayed in 10004 Haven Owners Suite with Large Balcony H3. ... Read more
jcjky
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
501 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation was fine. Cabin-8092 OX obstructed ocean view was adequate for our needs. Food-they have had better menus in the past but we did not go hungry. Service was in general very good. Ports ... Read more
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sharpedan2
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
My wife and I booked a 2 week Norwegian Cruise through the old locks of the Panama Canal and came away highly disappointed. The biggest disappointment fell in two categories. First, almost all of the food served at the “Freestyle ... Read more
Buffett Chick
Member Since 2007
1 review
12 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Overall, it was a great cruise. Embarkation went smoothly and crew greeted us with smiles and were helpful in guiding us around the ship. First, I might say that we are not picky cruisers. This was our 18th cruise on various cruise ... Read more
BeyondtheSeas
Member Since 2016
1 review
First timer on NCL, first time on this route. Positives - inside stateroom, good size esp. the shower (no poolng from inadequate drainage) compared to Princess outside window room my only other cruise trip. Programs and entertainment ... Read more
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Wardma
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Norwegian Jewel has a great crew that works hard to meet the cruisers needs. The service and food for our Ultimate Dinning Package was amazing. The varied entertainment was interesting and added to an outstanding cruise experience. ... Read more
kolrxing
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
The crew were great. The food was very good in the dining room and buffet. The food was over the top in the specialty restaurants although the Teppenyaki was a bit noisy when the food was being prepared. Particularly enjoyed La Bistro. ... Read more
frenchlovers
Member Since 2008
1 review
3 helpful votes
Looking for new destinations and got a good deal on this cruise......we thought. Mini-suite is roomy enough for 3 people, the food is pretty good and we enjoyed our wait staff in the Summer Palace. Norwegian Pearl has a very poorly ... Read more
Cuizer2
Member Since 2005
22 reviews
36,045 forum posts
12 helpful votes
NCL Pearl - Partial Transit of the Panama Canal - December 8 -> 19, 2016 Wednesday, December 7 - Travel Day Before I start reviewing the cruise, I thought you would like to know a little about the person writing this. This is my ... Read more
tmcgillivary
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Excellent value for money cruise that started with a smooth embarkation process in Miami. Great mixture of ports of call the highlight being the Panama Canal transit & on-board ship narration plus cultural Cartagena, Costa Rica for ... Read more
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