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Norwegian Gem Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Review for Norwegian Gem to the Panama Canal & Central America
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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jan 2020

The Panama Canal transit was something I rely wanted to do and as a bonus this cruise sailed from San Francisco. We booked with a 2 night stay there before we sailed and that was well worth it.

Embarkation was quick and the luggage was soon delivered to the cabin. It is probably the smallest cabin we have had compared to other cruise companies though we look on it as just somewhere to sleep. There was a surprising amount of storage for a small space.

The ports of call were frequent and an interesting mix of sights. We mostly booked excursions through the ship and they were reasonably priced. The organisation of getting cruisers out on excursions was shambolic.

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Santa Barbara

A lovely walk from the port through the town to the Court House.


Another inaccurate tour description. There was a visit to a coconut plantation and then on to the archaeological site.

Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)

We visited the coffee plantation. A very informative visit ending in coffee and amazing biscuits.


We did a trip out to Chnandega. We visited the towns church and went on to a ranch to see local artisans at work. We were able to have a go at some of the crafts too.

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