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About Panama Canal & Central America Cruises

A cruise on the Panama Canal through Central America can appeal to more than one type of passenger. The Panama Canal portion of the trip focuses on the transit itself,with onboard lectures as ships make their way through the locks. Within the rest of Central America, put on your hiking boots and head for the rainforest or kick off your shoes and hit the beach. Port highlights include Costa Rica's Puntarenas and Limon, with excursions that cater to adrenaline junkies.

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  • 15 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Acapulco
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Panama Canal
    • Day 13
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

    Cons

    Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

    Bottom Line

    A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Joy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Joy is packed with engaging activities and spaces, and while there's no doubt it has ...

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    2pedersens
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Most recent cruise to Panama Canal, Miami to Los Angeles
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    ofbp Walt
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Halfway through Panama and back...
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 15
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Los Angeles
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    WoodsieORL
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Panama Canal Daytime Transit was Overnight
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    mellow1
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Not the NCL of years ago-POOR!
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
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    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
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  • 16 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Los Angeles
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    16 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Los Angeles
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 13
      Santa Marta
    • Day 14
      Aruba
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    thiax13
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    21 Night Panama Canal Cruise booked 7 days before departure
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    Vagabondvoyager
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    21 Nights of Bliss on the Bliss
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 11 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Cartagena, Gatun Lake ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    11 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 5
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 5
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 6
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Roatan
    • Day 9
      Harvest Caye
    • Day 10
      Costa Maya
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Pearl - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of dining, nightlife and family options to easily accommodate short sailings

    Cons

    Unless you're onboard for a theme charter, evening entertainment might feel a bit dated

    Bottom Line

    Whether you're just taking a long weekend or sailing with superstars, Norwegian Pearl is a cheerful ship to call home

    Reviews

    Norwegian Pearl Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Pearl is a fantastically fun ship from its imaginative decor (blown-up photos of wild...

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    PegBK
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Been on better cruises, including other NCL ships
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    Rcastelli
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Worst cruise ship ever
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    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    San Diego
    Visiting:
    Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Quetzal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Diego
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cabo San Lucas
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 7
      Corinto
    • Day 8
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Panama Canal
    • Day 11
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 12
      Santa Marta
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

    Cons

    Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

    Bottom Line

    Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which ...

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    Penguin Spotter
    Sail Date Dec 2018
    Some Good and Some Bad
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    Reenthebean
    Sail Date Dec 2018
    Our very first cruise!
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    • Shore Excursions
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    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 17 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Curacao, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    17 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Curacao
    • Day 5
      Aruba
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 7
      Panama Canal
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
    • Day 10
      Corinto
    • Day 11
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 12
      Puerto Chiapas
    • Day 13
      Huatulco
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 16
      Cruising
    • Day 17
      Cruising
    • Day 18
      San Diego
    Ship Details

    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    Trixieng
    Sail Date Apr 2018
    Problems abound on ship straight out of dry dock, good ports
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    nana2many
    Sail Date Apr 2015
    Great Experience on HAL
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 12 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Puerto Plata, Curacao ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    12 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Puerto Plata
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Curacao
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Santa Marta
    • Day 8
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 9
      Gatun Lake
    • Day 9
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 10
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Encore - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    ** Ship astounds with top-notch attraction, dining and entertainment options

    Cons

    ** Mega charges if you want to do everything; little public outdoor space

    Bottom Line

    ** High-energy ship has plenty of choices for everyone, most at an extra fee; budget accordingly

    Reviews

    Norwegian Encore Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    The 3,998-passenger Norwegian Encore is a modern and sophisticated ship, with decor and public spa...

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    Jim Raffan
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not for us
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    RitaGS
    Sail Date Mar 2020
    Not fond of this ship design
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    • Select Dining
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    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Princess Cruises
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    10 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Princess Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Falmouth
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 6
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 7
      Limon Bay
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    Ship Details

    Crown Princess - Princess Cruises

    Pros

    Great layout for minimizing crowds; recent refresh makes the ship feel new

    Cons

    Fewer specialty dining options and bells and whistles than on new mega-ships

    Bottom Line

    A simple yet elegant cruise option for adults looking for relaxation or romance

    Reviews

    Crown Princess Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    One of Princess' Grand-class ships, Crown Princess excels at providing fun, relaxing and enrich...

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    Jphn38
    Sail Date Dec 2016
    Had a wonderful Christmastime cruise. The ship was beautifully decorated.
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  • 8 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Tampa
    Visiting:
    Puerto Limon, Panama Canal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    8 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Tampa
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 5
      Panama Canal
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Tampa
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    Carnival Legend - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Plenty of fun activities, free food options, a thrilling water slide and adults-only deck

    Cons

    Outrageous decor is not to everybody's tastes

    Bottom Line

    Family-friendly ship with American touches but an Australian vibe

    Reviews

    Carnival Legend Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Carnival Legend is the third ship in the Spirit Class, which introduced some significant firsts...

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    mreagleye
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    The Legend Continues
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    Cruising Photographer
    Sail Date Aug 2014
    Very Enjoyable, Best Carnival Cruise yet!
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Mobile
    Visiting:
    Panama Canal, Puerto Limon ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    10 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Mobile
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cruising
    • Day 5
      Panama Canal
    • Day 6
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Roatan
    • Day 9
      Cozumel
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Mobile
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    Carnival Fantasy - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Exceptional service/friendly crew and passengers; tasty food; clean, comfortable cabins

    Cons

    Only one main swimming pool; oldest ship in the Carnival fleet

    Bottom Line

    Ideal for families; excellent value for singles/couples and first-time cruisers

    Reviews

    Carnival Fantasy Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining3.5
    Service5.0
    Value4.0

    Carnival Fantasy may be the oldest vessel in the Carnival fleet, but it certainly has style, an...

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    ShipAshore
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    A Very Positive Surprise!
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    murkyterbear
    Sail Date Sep 2018
    Itinerary excellent, ship too outdated and small for the longer journey sailings
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    Fort Lauderdale
    Visiting:
    Aruba, Panama Canal ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Holland America Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Holland America Line)
    • Day 1
      Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Aruba
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal (Cruising)
    • Day 6
      Panama Canal
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Corinto
    • Day 9
      Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
    • Day 10
      Huatulco
    • Day 11
      Cruising
    • Day 12
      Puerto Vallarta
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      San Diego
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    Zaandam - Holland America Line

    Pros

    Easy-to-navigate ship with a spacious feel and grown-up vibe.

    Cons

    Few balconies, little variety in cabin categories, mediocre evening entertainment.

    Bottom Line

    Perfect-sized ship for port-intensive itineraries.

    Reviews
    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Zaandam is a classy ship that proves you don't need gadgets and gimmicks to have a good time. It's...

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    sgutierrez
    Sail Date Apr 2015
    No Service; Totally Dissatisfied!
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    KDMAGS
    Sail Date Sep 2013
    Panama2013
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  • 14 Night
    Cruise to the Panama Canal & Central America

    Leaving:
    New Orleans
    Visiting:
    Montego Bay, Aruba ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    14 Night Cruise to Panama Canal & Central America Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New Orleans
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Montego Bay
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Aruba
    • Day 7
      Bonaire
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cartagena (Colombia)
    • Day 10
      Colon (Cristobal)
    • Day 11
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 12
      Cruising
    • Day 13
      Cozumel
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      New Orleans
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    Carnival Glory - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Quality dining and great service

    Cons

    Despite updates, shows its age in places

    Bottom Line

    Carnival Glory showcases Carnival's "Fun For All" philosophy in a smaller space

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    Carnival Glory Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins5.0
    Dining4.5
    Service5.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Glory is the epitome of what Carnival aims to provide on all its cruise ships: fun for al...

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    Nini 8
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good cruise
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    philflow
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Good cruise need some work
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