We arrived early into Panama City airport, and the transport started with an impromptu tour of Panama City and a pit stop for breakfast as we couldn't arrive in Colon before 11. The ride to Colon was purely functional, and we didn't view much that was photo worthy. Embarkation felt like sort of a mess in Colon, and it was a relief to finally get on the ship.
My bucket list included full transit of the old locks in the Panama Canal. This cruise did not disappoint. Great viewing from several areas of the ship. We spent much of leaving the last of the first set of locks, and the Gatun lake portion on our balcony, and aft on 12 sipping margaritas. Like others suggested, it's good to view from different areas of the ship.
The Cirque show, and productions were good. Others liked the Comedian/Magician. Did not really enjoy the hypnotist. We aren't really into ship activities, but enjoyed playing cards with people we met. There were sudoku, crossword puzzle, and trivia sheets available to pick up in the library daily. Tried watching a movie in Atrium, but noise and activity were not conductive to an enjoyable experience. Many music performances we like started too late for us. Not their fault.
We booked a club balcony, and ended up with cabin 11***. This is just around the corner from the stairs and elevator to 12, which houses the Garden Cafe, and the bar/seating area aft. Easy access to pools, spa, card room, library, etc mid and forward also. We found this convenient. Being my first cruise on NCL, the cabin was comfortable, had plenty of storage space, a full sized shower with sliding glass doors, a balcony large enough for the two chairs and table. No noise from above that was bothersome. Staff was friendly and helpful.