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Los Angeles to the Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Jewel
Panama Canal & Central America
Los Angeles

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40 Los Angeles to the Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Jewel Cruise Reviews


Jimsr44 avatar

Jimsr44

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

A Trip of a Lifetime

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This was a Panama Canal through transit from Los Angeles, Ca, to Miami, Fl. It was on my wife's and my bucket list. The boarding process was easily done. There was only one hiccup. Actual boarding was delayed ...
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Sail Date February 2017


TXGreenhorn avatar

TXGreenhorn

1 Review Written

Awesome Family Vacation - 11/2016 Panama Canal

We stayed in the Garden Villa, 5 people. Very comfortable and definitely a trip to remember. over 4000 sq foot villa. has every thing you could ask for. My wife had a small motorized scooter it worked very well. ...
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Sail Date November 2016


Madmax164 avatar

Madmax164

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

I'm still waiting in line to get on .

This was our 5 th cruise with ncl. 3 of them on this ship. We are latatude members because we have traveled with them so many times. We are awarded certain perks. Standing in line for over 2 hours is not one of ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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edzucker

3 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Very enjoyable cruise

I wanted to see the Panama Canal. We have been on several jewel class NCL ships and like them. The layout of these ships works for us. I can't stand the smell of smoke and find it easy to avoid it on these ships. We ...
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Sail Date February 2017


dennis49 avatar

dennis49

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

The "Haven" loses some of its luster.

We've taken five cruises on NCL, all in the Haven going back about six years. We had certain expectations based on that past experience, and we were disappointed with a number of them. Let's start with the ...
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Sail Date February 2017


Petersburgher NY avatar

Petersburgher NY

1 Review Written

Panama Canal Cruise

My husband had the Panama Canal on his bucket list so off we went with a group of 13. NCL did the travel arrangements and that went very well. The food was excellent. I have always said Carnival has better food ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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TTWestie

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

NCL Pacific Coast (Central America, Panama Canal & Colombia)

New ports that we've never been to made us book this cruise, and we always have been pleased with NCL. The ports were so interesting, our steward so caring, ship was lovely, though we use the ship more to get to ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Gerryleam

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Panama vs Suez

Having been through the Suez twice, we wanted to do the Panama, & were really pleased that we choose the 'Jewel". We had 3 days in Long Beach, staying at the Hyatt Regency, which was great, prior to boarding, ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Jammingjoe

1 Review Written

Staff great, activities below par

Staff members, great, especially assistant who booked our Valentine's Day dinner and Tarynn, in the internet shop. Say hello...Very sweet person with the most terrific smile and laugh. She made my cruise. The ship's ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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parshuuter

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A Very Enjoyable Cruise

We cruised the Canal 29 years ago and were anxious to do this cruise again. We had a very good experience. There was a 2 hour delay at embarkation as there was a surprise Coast Guard inspection so the cruise did ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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SuzieeQ

1 Review Written

A great time on the Panama Canal cruise

This was our 1st cruise on NCL and it was great. The service is outstanding. We really enjoyed meeting new people, going to the nightly shows, watching movies, being able to choose from a variety of dining options ...
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Sail Date February 2017


harlena avatar

harlena

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Norwegian Jewel Panama Canal Cruise Feb. 5-19th

Cruise was chosen because of length and destination. Buffet food was delicious, but ice cream machines were not always functioning. It would have been nice to have an ice cream machine near the pool. Coffee was ...
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Sail Date February 2017


How much longer? avatar

How much longer?

2 Reviews Written

2 Helpful Votes

Friendliest crew on the high seas!

We booked this cruise for the Panama Canal. Everything else was just extras. We are a married couple in our mid 50s and this is our 15th cruise overall, 7th on NCL. We live on the east coast, so we booked the ...
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Sail Date February 2017


organist65 avatar

organist65

7 Reviews Written

27 Helpful Votes

A Mixed Bag

This was my 14th cruise-5th with NCL. GOOD: (1) The ports and shore excursions were great. My DH and I took the ship's excursions and didn't mind spend a bit more to ensure we returned to the ship on time. I ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Clemkif

1 Review Written

Overall good value - could be excellent with minor tweaking - like smaller ships

Destination was to travel through Panamal Canal...great experience! Long day, but worth it in every way. A smaller ship which we love...easy access to activities and some variety...a few more activities would be ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Spaniellady

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Fun with limits

We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Panama Canal and had cruised on NCL before and had good experiences with the line. I'm not saying this was a bad experience, I am saying it was generally "blah." I ...
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Sail Date February 2017


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Brabus08

6 Reviews Written

17 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal, January 2017

We chose this cruise as it was calling at ports we had not visited before and wanted to transit the Panama Canal from the other direction (Pacific to Caribbean) as we had been through the canal in the past from ...
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Sail Date January 2017


TravelDude2017 avatar

TravelDude2017

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

So so cruise...

Booked this Panama Canal cruise from L.A. to Miami to cross off my bucket list. Got a great price inclusive of air and transfers. Embarkation at San Pedro went relatively smoothly. Food at Garden Cafe was average ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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quiltlady65

1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Trip of a Lifetime

This was an item on our bucket list. We had heard so much about cruising the Panama Canal that we decided that would be our next trip. What a great decision. Our room was at the very back of the ship, and we ...
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Sail Date January 2017


topcat326 avatar

topcat326

2 Reviews Written

9 Helpful Votes

OK. Better than some comments suggest.

We flew in from London and stayed that night at an airport hotel before being transferred to the ship. My wife and I chose this cruise be cause it gave us the opportunity to do some whale watching, travel the ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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jlhclkha

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Some Tips I'd Like to Share

We just finished our Panama Canal cruise. It was our ninth cruise, 4th with NCL. I would like to share some tips for those traveling on the Jewel through the Panama Canal, full transit. If you are traveling from ...
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Sail Date January 2017


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JRC2523

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal Cruise 6-20 Jan 2017

My wife and I had never been to the Panama Canal and some of the other ports. This was a bucket list trip. We went with a group of 54. Norwegian's subcontractor for port transfers SMS Shore Operations did a ...
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Sail Date January 2017


JMS52 avatar

JMS52

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Two Weeks was not too long.

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2016


Cruiseagles avatar

Cruiseagles

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

First time: great itinerary, very pleased

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2016


Andy B avatar

Andy B

2 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

We had a great cruise; thanks NCL!

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 ...
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Sail Date November 2016


Norwegian Jewel Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins3.04.1
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.04
Public Rooms4.04.2
Fitness Recreation4.03.9
Family4.03.9
Enrichment1.03.4
Service3.04.1
Value For Money4.03.8
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