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New York (Manhattan) to the Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

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NYC to SF the long way
"This was our 11th cruise on NCL. We chose it because we wanted to do a full transit of the canal. First off, the cruise was 20 days. We booked a port balcony cabin on deck 10 somewhat forward. This was our third..."Read More
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Bunkie2100

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

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NYC to SF the long way

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Bunkie2100

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This was our 11th cruise on NCL. We chose it because we wanted to do a full transit of the canal. First off, the cruise was 20 days. We booked a port balcony cabin on deck 10 somewhat forward. This was our third time on the Gem, a ship we really like because it has excellent public spaces (Spinnaker lounge, outdoor fantail dining, promenade deck) that the larger NCL ships don’t seem to have. ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony


First time with NCL and we rank it bottom of the pile

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yobro24

6-10 Cruises

Age 50s

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary - full traverse of the Panama Canal and lots of stops in countries other cruise lines don't stop in. We have travelled with other companies, Celebrity, RCI, Cunard, P&O and now NCL. The reason for the low score for NCL is that there were lots of little things which were not as good as other cruise companies and they added up to make a big difference. ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


Great itinerary but felt we were consitently being fleeced. Food very poor.

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Erman

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

My wife and I have just returned from the Panama Canal cruise out of New York in January 19. We travelled with adult friends and no children. The embarkation in New York was easy to get to, well organised and very smooth - not the same could be said for the disembarkation in LA - what a disaster. Whilst the cruise itinerary, restaurant and bar staff were great, the food lacked variety and was ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside


Panama Cruise; New York to L. A.

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kehpop

2-5 Cruises

Age 70s

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 ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


We met interesting people from all over the world!

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jrobertdart

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

This was our first cruise, so most folks asked us : Why an 18 day cruise? Our answer was we're from Alaska and we want to be gone from the cold and dark, and of course to see the Panama Canal. New York to LA. was also in the mix. Freestyle cruising fit our plan as we didn't want to dress up every night, although we did a couple of nights. As newbie cruisers, I would say it's all about the ship and ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


Fabulous itinerary spoilt by terrible catering

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Marshamallow555

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

We chose this cruise for the exciting Panama crossing and ports to visit, we were not disappointed. We have cruise 12 times or more, three times with NCL. We enjoy the buffet on cruises as there is usually a wide selection of healthy options to cater for most tastes. Something was very wrong on this cruise, Foid was very often warm or cold , most dishes in heavy sauces, plain fish mon ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony


past prime

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zekewolf

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

This ship definitely due for a refurbish as evidenced by railing on top deck having been replaced by unpainted patch work 2x4 planking. First ship ever to offer splinters while leaning on railing. Theater seating uncomfortable and entertainment well below prior sailings with NCL. Food was mediocre and the Big Screen TV area had seating for about 80 people on a ship transporting over 2000...go ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window


Experiences on Norwegian Gen

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LODOLLY37

10+ Cruises

Age 80s

We wanted a cruise that included the Panama Canal. The trip though the canal was amazing and more exciting than I anticipated. Overall the shore excursions were excellent and that includes the itinerary, the bus, and the guides. We hesitated to tour Nicaragua since we had to fill out a health form for that country. The entertainment was better than I expected as well. However, each ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


Best Vacation

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costarico

2-5 Cruises

Age 60s

My goal in life is to see as much of the world before I leave this good earth so I choose this cruise because it went to South America a place i've never been and stopped at 11 different ports which would have cost me a fortune had I taken these trips individually, one cruise 11 different countries; We also went thru the Panama Canal which was just place i heard and read about and wonder what that ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window


18 day Panama Canal from NY->LA

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TsTucker

2-5 Cruises

Age 40s

Our booking agent Janet at NCL was also fantastic and always answered our questions promptly. Overall, the ship staff, amenities, and dining were great. Being new to having limited mobility I found that the ship and the staff - aside from the shore excursion team - were fantastic at managing mobility issues. Lots of disabled restrooms, staff was always eager to assist. The room was clean, and ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

Traveled with children

Traveled with disabled person


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