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Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Gem Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Gem
Panama Canal & Central America
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42 Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Gem Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews


KathnBri avatar

KathnBri

1 Review Written

Disappointed

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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 ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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BerkshireBob

2 Reviews Written

Second time is not a charm

We had done the Panama Canal cruise a couple of years ago from New Orleans to Seattle, this time we opted for San Francisco to New York. The canal itself is still fascinating, but most of the other ports leave much ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Bruges

1 Review Written

Good thanks to the crew.

This was our 3rd cruise with NCL, 15th in total. We choose this cruise for the itinerary. I must say, being European and living in a mediëval city our expectations are high. You can not surprise us with a 19th ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Casey2828

1 Review Written

Upgrade Bid to a Haven Suite

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the time of year. This was our first cruise in many years and our first on the NCL line. We originally booked a mini suite and put a bid on an upgrade about 30 days ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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kellianded

1 Review Written

Norwegian Gem - Cons outweigh the Pros

Overall the Gem is a nice ship but the poor quality of food and lack of interesting activities made for a rather ho hum three week cruise. My wife and I chose this cruise because the itinerary because the ship was ...
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Sail Date January 2020


theoz avatar

theoz

7 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal 21 day cruise

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact that it left San Francisco and ended in New York. Being from the East Coast, we only had to fly one way. This cruise had 13 port stops which was ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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BWCW3885

1 Review Written

Good Time - but not a luxury cruise

My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Although we have cruised about 20 times (about 6 with NCL - we are latitudes silver because two of our cruises were from the 80's before they had a ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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wobbiegongs

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

A Super Dooper Money Grab

I wanted to travel through the Panama Canal on my birthday as I had done the Suez Canal with Celebrity Cruises the year before. I now call Norwegian Cruises - NO Norwegian cruises because anything you ask the ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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dhult15

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Cruise Director staff difficult to understand

Luz and Joey, both from Philippines, were a joke. The morning tv show was them acting like small children. Couldn’t understand them. Since Luz was on the mic so often and then every night after the shows, most ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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beachcomberbill

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Just so-so

PART I : PORTS OF CALL We wanted to leave the cold northeast for the month. This itinerary seemed to fit the bill. We’re Platinum level members. This was our eighth cruise with NCL. We chose to fly from NYC ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Tailwind1

26 Reviews Written

107 Helpful Votes

Good cruise, but NCL has lost their way

This is my 26th review for Cruise Critic. Unlike some reviewers that join this group just to complain about a bad experience, I have, for the past 10+ years felt obliged to write about my cruise experiences. I am a ...
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Sail Date January 2020


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Bunkie2100

3 Reviews Written

22 Helpful Votes

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 ...
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Sail Date January 2020


howells avatar

howells

1 Review Written

Good Food, Great Entertainment, Disappointing Pool and Pool Deck

We chose this cruise because of the canal transit and that did not disappoint. Get a balcony state room as you get a real experience from the balcony of the locks and transit. We ate at all the specialty restaurants ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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allesca

3 Reviews Written

53 Helpful Votes

Great Itinerary, average ship-board experience

The big attraction of this cruise was the itinerary: LA to New York taking in the Panama Canal and the ABC islands and lots of other places along the way, plus 19 days in the sun in mid-winter. I've cruised ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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yobro24

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

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

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 ...
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Sail Date February 2019


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WYB!

2 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

44 day journey from NY to LA, LA to NY Jan-Feb 2019 Panama Canal with Bike

So first off, I’m the guy that brought the bike. I boarded the ship in New York on January 02nd and got off the ship February 15th 2019 in New York. This was my escape from wither in the north east and chance ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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JIMESOPUS

4 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal was on our bucket list .

Panama Canal was on our Bucket list and with 19 days aboard the Gem, we couldn't resist. First a little information about us, I would consider us Newbies to cruising since we only sailed on NCL ( this was our ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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MKA76

2 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Beyond my Expectations

We booked this cruise because we liked the itinerary and wanted to see the entire Panama Canal. My father was stationed there during WWII and I wanted to travel the canal from the Pacific to the Atlantic. We ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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7155913X

2 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great Ship but food was just OK

After cruising in many ships worldwide, we decided to take our first cruise with NCL because the route with NCL Gem was fantastic; The Panama Canal! In general terms the cruise was fine. The ship is great with ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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abcdkess

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Cruise of a Lifetime

Our first experience on a "frestyle" cruise. Not a fan because it often meant long waits in the main dining rooms. Average age on this sailing was 65 and so most activities were focused on that age group, which ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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SteveHutchinson

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Amazing trip

It was my wife's 70th birthday and we wanted to do something grand and special so this fit the bill. A trip through the Panama Canal had always been on my "bucket list" and this was a chance to visit many different ...
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Sail Date January 2019


Lipka avatar

Lipka

1 Review Written

Panama Canal 19 days

It was our sewenth cruise with Norwegian. We were three times on Star, two times on Spirit, one time on Geteway , and this time on Gem. We decided for this cruise, because, after Geteway, we concluded, that we ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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trisandfred

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

We had a great time

Overall very pleased. Lovely ship, not too huge. Really enjoyed the entertainment, both the shows and the musicians in the atrium and elsewhere. Brad Stevens, the pianist, was fantastic and we listened to him almost ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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dservetter

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Relaxing

From embarkation, tenders, excursions, food, and debarkation, it was a fabulous trip on the Gem. Even when things went wrong, which they did, the staff was always there to help you, give you guidance, and in some ...
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Sail Date January 2019


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NancyLynn13

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Great staff; good itinerary; mediocre food and public spaces

My friend and I chose this cruise for a winter getaway to some new places and to revisit others. We both speak Spanish and are comfortable on our own in Spanish-speaking countries. Embarkation was organized out ...
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Sail Date January 2019


Norwegian Gem Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.53.9
Public Rooms3.54.1
Fitness Recreation3.53.9
Family4.03.6
Enrichment3.03.4
Service5.04.1
Value For Money5.03.7
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