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21 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from New York

21 Night Panama Canal & Central America Cruise from New York (Manhattan)

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1
    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • 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
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    San Francisco
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Victoria
  • Day 22
    Seattle

Norwegian Bliss

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


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: September 2019
We have been planning this trip since January 2019. We live in Nashville so we flew to ORD to catch Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle with a two night stay in Glacier National Park. This part if the trip was fantastic. We arrived in Seattle ... Read More
We have been planning this trip since January 2019. We live in Nashville so we flew to ORD to catch Amtrak from Chicago to Seattle with a two night stay in Glacier National Park. This part if the trip was fantastic. We arrived in Seattle and boarded the ship quickly, which is one of the best embarkations ever. Beautiful balcony room in 13th floor. Our room steward is pesky. Knocking on door when do not disturb was illuminated. But did not bring bottled water for two days after requested. We enjoyed the freestyle dining but most restaurants served the same food. So, choices were not what we had hoped for. Our first port was Juno, not much going on here. It’s like a manufactured cruise ship stop. Skagway was next and we loved this port. We had booked an independent tour and very much enjoyed this port of call. The town is very quaint and the people and shop owners are very nice. The weather wasn’t great but this was not the fault of NCL, but the beginning of weather issues for the remainder of the trip. Our third port was to be Ketchikan, AK. and we had a crab fishing tour scheduled that we had been looking forward to for months. We were awakened by an announcement at 7am that the stop was cancelled due to weather. Our money for the tour would be refunded. And they were trying to get an early arrival at our final port of call, which was originally scheduled for 2 pm until 11 pm when trip was booked but upon boarding the ship we noticed it was changed to 8 pm to 11 pm. So early arrival would be great especially after being coupled up for 3 days. No early arrival approved for Victoria, B.C. we arrived a bit after 8 pm in the pouring rain with not enough shuttle buses or taxis to get 4000 passengers off the pier and into town efficiently. We waited in line for about 20 minutes town decided it was pointless to pay $30 bucks r/t into a place we didn’t know in the dark and pouring rain. We were looking for a specific item that we had hoped to purchase in Ketchikan, but didn’t have any assurance that stores would be open once we got there and we would only have a little over an hour to look for it. Cruise Director did not know what if anything would still be open and we were directed to the tacky pier store. We were not looking for magnets or coffee cups and this store was mobbed with people. So, in a nutshell, we feel robbed of two ports ( half of the trip). We live on the other side of the country and it’s unlikely we will get back to Alaksa again. It’s not a cheap trip Read Less
Sail Date: September 2019
We wanted to go to Alaska. Our daughter picked this cruise. We were not disappointed. Easy on, easy off, impeccable service, loved the observation windows, beautiful new ship, the inside passage and glacier bay was awesome, Will at Mixx ... Read More
We wanted to go to Alaska. Our daughter picked this cruise. We were not disappointed. Easy on, easy off, impeccable service, loved the observation windows, beautiful new ship, the inside passage and glacier bay was awesome, Will at Mixx was our favorite, cannot say enough! Our room was beautiful, large shower, loved the balcony, especially when going through glacier bay. The drinks were awesome, good variety of food and entertainment, observation deck was great, lots of great excursions, and awesome staff. You can be as busy or relaxed as you want. We saw about 10 whales that stayed along the ship for 5-15 minutes! Was too cool. Everyone was so friendly. Cleanliness and hand hygiene was greatly promoted!! There really is something for everyone. So many activities to partake of. I will repeat, I really want to repeat this cruise again in the future. My husband and daughter agree!!! We all totally enjoyed ourselves to the max. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2019
The cruise itself was great due to the destinations, but the service of the onboard staff and the hidden fees ($15/person per day) were enough to turn us away from booking again. To think those fees are charged on the basis of service, and ... Read More
The cruise itself was great due to the destinations, but the service of the onboard staff and the hidden fees ($15/person per day) were enough to turn us away from booking again. To think those fees are charged on the basis of service, and to have experienced better service at McDonald’s, is enough to book elsewhere. Ship itself is fabulous, the staff just needs a crash course in basic customer service skills. Food was good when it was cooked correctly (had to send meals back). Staff constantly gave misinformation to guests on our cruise, including closing time of restraints and disembarkation times. Most staff appeared inconvenienced to be on shift. Go karts were fun but those also cost $15/person. Entertainment was more annoying than entertaining, the comedian shows were few and far between. Lack of things to do while at sea. Casino was good but closed constantly. Bar taxes kept appearing (even when on the drink package) depending on what waters we were over. Fees everywhere! Read Less
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