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Norwegian Gem Review

4.0 / 5.0
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2515 reviews
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Panama Cruise; New York to L. A.

Review for Norwegian Gem to the Panama Canal & Central America
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2019
Cabin: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

I chose this trip because of the timing primarily but also because of the itinerary. The longest cruise we had been on before was 7 days so at day 7 it was so nice to know we still had 11 more days.

I really enjoyed the activities by the pool on the "sea days" so you could enjoy the pool and sunshine!

With 10 "ports of call" there was ample opportunity to enjoy shore excursions mixed in with relaxing by the pools.

Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

Cabin MA

The cabin was spacious, clean and had ample closet space and drawers. Our room butler, Johnathon was friendly and extremely accommodating.

Port Reviews

New York (Manhattan)

New Years Day and very busy but the Marriott Marquis was an excellent choice.


We just did a little shopping and explored the many shops near the ship.


We just did a little shopping near the ship.

Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)

We just walked the shopping vicinity near the ship. It was disappointing that we had to take a bus to town, which was a 30 minute trip. Another ship took our spot in town.


We probably should have book an excursion because the area near the ship was pretty ""iffy" We just walked the area near the ship.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

We took an excursion to Antigua Guatamala, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Mount Fuentes, the Jade factory and Antigua were indeed special.

We may consider a return visit to Guatamala some time to see more!

Puerto Vallarta

Took a cab to Old PV, which was pretty good. We did some shopping and relaxed on the beach but it's very busy there.

Cabo San Lucas

We just walked around downtown and did a little shopping. We really enjoyed Cabo!

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