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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Panama Cruise; New York to L. A.

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by kehpop

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jan 2019
  • Destination: the Panama Canal & Central America
  • Cabin Type: 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.

We had only been to Cabo San Lucas before so the other 9 ports were all new to us and real treat to discover. We especially enjoyed Guatamala. Who'da thought? And of course the Panama Canal was extra special.

We added an extra day in New York City to begin and L. A. at the end and really enjoyed this addition to our trip. It really added extra relaxation and excitement to our trip.

Overall, I believe our experience with Norwegian was great and I'm really happy that we upgraded to a mini suite for that little extra cabin space. I had booked a balcony and then submitted bids to upgrade and managed to get upgraded.

We will forever remember this cruise for the people we met and all of the fabulous experiences on ship and on shore. In addition, we would like to thank the wonderful crew members!!

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11594

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

Port & Shore Excursion 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.

City Tour

The tour of the old city was awesome!

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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!

We were able to spend about 4 - 5 hours at this all inclusive resort. They had a great lunch buffet, cocktails and pool complex. It seemed like another vacation within a vacation.

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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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