Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

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388 Norwegian Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews
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mkesolo
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed November 2016
I always want to see the Panama Canal and the price and timing of this cruise was perfect. I went as a solo traveler and NCL is the best with solo travelers. Jeff Guallar on the Cruise Director staff was great, he organized dinners and ... Read more
Sail Away Annie
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Choose to cruise this line again after a very enjoyable cruise to Alaska. Sailed out of Miami and the ship left on time. Two days at sea with less than stellar entertainment (going and coming). For someone who does not sit in the sun all ... Read more
Peachypooh
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
161 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We are a married couple in our 60's. We had sailed on the Pearl to Alaska a few years ago and had such a fantastic experience that we were thrilled that we could take her again this time to the Panama Canal. This cruise was perfect and ... Read more
fltam
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
7 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Overall, we had a very nice cruise to the Panama Canal on the NCL Pearl.. This was our first time on NCL- normally we choose Holland or Princess. NCL Pearl is a very casual ship, including the décor. It all looks a lot nicer in ... Read more
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JMS52
Member Since 2013
1 review
55 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
At first I was concerned that two weeks on a cruise would be too long. On the 13th day we couldn't believe it was almost over. From the first day to the last, everything was great. We went to the Cruise Critics Meet & Greet and meet ... Read more
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Cruiseagles
Member Since 2017
1 review
Review for two adults. We are not cruise fans, but this was the only practical way to transit the Panama Canal. I am so pleased we did. Norwegian was recommended by several colleagues and proved just right. Jewel is not large I guess by ... Read more
Andy B
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
16 helpful votes
I read a lot of reviews before boarding the Jewel - hear are the thoughts / views of a man from England..... The cruise itself was excellent value for money. Free food and drinks for 14 nights visiting Mexico (x2), Guatemala, Nicaragua, ... Read more
langsner
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We embarked on the 14 night Panama Canal cruise on the Norwegian Jewel on November 25, 2016. Previously, we have cruised four times - moving from inside to outside cabin and to a mini-suite. For the first time, we chose to stay in a ... Read more
chrisgill54
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
32 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Norwegian jewel Nov 24 Panama Canal cruise First trip on Norwegian line so what was good and bad. Annoying - a near two hour wait to get on board despite giving us a check in time. They don't allow you to bring bottled water on ... Read more
patbrogan
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We wanted to go again tot he Panama canal and visit ports we had not visited before (Belize, Honduras, Columbia). We did this over Thanksgiving and had a great time with the exception that we ran into hurricane Otto which cancelled our ... Read more
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CruisingtheBays
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We are loyal cruisers with NCL and this was our 7th cruise, 2nd on the Pearl. We choose this itinerary because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and the other Central America Ports (Cartagena, Puerto Limon) that we had not been too. ... Read more
MrChocoholic
Member Since 2012
9 reviews
95 forum posts
6 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
6 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
4 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
6 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
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bondoobie
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 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
mjfun78
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 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
17 forum posts
4 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
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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
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
4 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
3 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
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