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Panama Canal & Central America Repositioning Cruises Cruise Reviews

Cruise Line
Ship
Panama Canal & Central America
Departure Port

Traveler rating

Excellent

87

Very Good

90

Average

42

Poor

19

Terrible

4

Cruise type

Senior Cruises

671

Family Cruises

544

Romantic Cruises

339

Repositioning Cruises

242

Entertainment Cruises

203

242 Panama Canal & Central America Repositioning Cruises Cruise Reviews


Kiro avatar

Kiro

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Carnival Miracle Still needs work out of Dry Dock

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We chose a aft balcony to come through the canal, hoping to enjoy the many sea days on the balcony and de-stress, relax and enjoy the break of the daily work grind. THIS DID NOT HAPPEN! We had oil droplets spewing ...
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Sail Date March 2020


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klitz

2 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

Panama Canal cruise after refurbishment

The March 5 repositioning was excellent from Miami to the Miracle's new home (we hope) in San Francisco. Although there was some concern about the novel coronavirus, it was the best ship in the world to sail on. ...
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Sail Date March 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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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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MIT72

10 Reviews Written

24 Helpful Votes

The ship was nice, but the shore excursion process was painful

We chose this cruise because we wanted to go through the Panama Canal and had been to most of the Mexican ports that would be covered by a cruise starting or ending in California. We were particularly interested in ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Lake Powell Guy

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

15 day Panama Canal Cruise

The Panama canal has been a bucket list trip for me for years and this one was priced right so I took it. Overall I had a great time. Going through the Panama canal was very well done with Panamanian official on ...
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Sail Date December 2019


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Vagabondvoyager

15 Reviews Written

40 Helpful Votes

21 Nights of Bliss on the Bliss

I chose this cruise for its length and itinerary. Week long cruises are just not long enough for me now that I'm retired and can cruise longer. I cruise solo a lot and NCL usually has the best solo prices, ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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mlgb

4 Reviews Written

16 Helpful Votes

Last minute Itinerary Switch, Ship is too big. Beware on Panama Canal Transits.

We arrived at 1pm and embarkation was smooth. However there were undisclosed problems getting some passengers from LAX to the ship, which delayed the sailaway for hours (until after dark).Disembarkation in NYC did ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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silverc243

13 Reviews Written

33 Helpful Votes

NCL Bliss 21 Day Panama Canal Cruise LA to NYC B2B with 7 day Florida/Bahama

Hi all! Now that I’m back from my 28 days on the Bliss and trying to recuperate before our January adventure I’ll try to give some of my thoughts. First of all I had a fantastic time. This was a B2B sailing ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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dmam

7 Reviews Written

7 Helpful Votes

Panama on a MEGA ship

We used NCL air/hotel arrangements and also transfers with great satisfaction. The Bliss is a very big ship, the biggest of NCL and also very recent, 2017. Very modern and luxurious it offers a lot of outdoor ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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barb12345

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Passing under the Bridge of Americas and just clearing the top of the ship

Wanted to see the new Panama Canal - Crossing was great. I was impressed at the way this large ship could dock in port so easily. The sailing was very smooth and would be a great way for people afraid of ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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mhzbrown

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Things I wish I would have known sooner

We were on a 21 day cruise from LA to Manhattan. Jersey Boys was the best show I have ever seen on the water so that is definitely worth seeing. Our balcony room was clean and comfortable. We got a bunch of the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Cutaqueen

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

The good, the bad, and the very ugly

We liked this cruise for the itinerary and the ship. We are fans of the newer and larger ships. The crew were friendly and the ship very nice. But sadly we were on the ship with the Norovirus. I got the ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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Chuckaby

2 Reviews Written

14 Helpful Votes

Norovirus, 1.5 hours. to get ON, 2 hours to get OFF, but a great ship & Crew.

16 day Panama Canal Cruise from Florida to Calif. Iincredibly beautiful ship, and our 1st experience w/ Haven. Embark/Disembark was a DISASTER w/ no communication re WHY we were standing 1.5 hrs. IN the Haven ...
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Sail Date November 2019


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custard75

17 Reviews Written

29 Helpful Votes

Great cruise along the Panama Canal

Embarked in Miami - was on board quickly and cabins opened by 1.15pm. We tried the assisted boarding as my dad has bad arthritis and struggles to walk far now. We waited in an area with an awful lot of others in the ...
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Sail Date October 2019


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pwtubbs

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Great Food & Service, Otherwise Merely Average

Traversing the Panama Canal had always been a "bucket list" for my husband and me ages 67 and 72, respectively); being veteran HAL cruisers, we chose the NIEUW AMSTERDAM 21-day Panama Canal Cruise, 28 September to ...
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Sail Date September 2019


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trikebabe

1 Review Written

6 Helpful Votes

Restful Panama Canal

We had experienced a partial panama canal transit and decided we had to do a full transit. The workings of the locks is just fascinating if you've never been through it. It was just a relaxing day watching our ship ...
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Sail Date May 2019


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ssbeagle

11 Reviews Written

23 Helpful Votes

Lovely Cruise

The Island Princess is a great ship to find your way. we had some rough seas one day but we barely felt it. Embarkation went well and smoothly. we were welcomed on board and went to the atrium until the cabins ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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TravelerinRenton

2 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

Some Good & Bad

We chose this cruise because we live in the Seattle area and love not having to deal with air travel at the conclusion, also because my husband can only walk with a walker. We were familiar with all the ports (only ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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richardsymms

1 Review Written

Great crew and service with cheap and poor quality food.

We chose this cruise because it started in Ft. Lauderdale and ended 21 days later in Seattle plus we got a very large stateroom #8140 w a wrap-around deck on the stern. The first day for embarkation we felt the ...
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Sail Date April 2019


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Rocklin Cruiser

5 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Awesome cruise through the Panama Canal

Panama Canal was on the bucket list, so we pulled the trigger. The price on the Volendam from Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco was to good to pass up. This was a 17 day cruise in April so there were kids on board ...
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Sail Date April 2019


Frandya avatar

Frandya

3 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Good but not our best cruise

It went through the "new panama canal". It was amazing to see and enjoy the passage. Other parts were not so amazing. The casino was the poorest we have ever seen at sea with very tight slots. Bingo was a ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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70 Mach 1

6 Reviews Written

10 Helpful Votes

Transiting the new Panama Canal on the largest (and best) cruise ship NCL Bliss

I booked this adventure as it has been at the top of my vacation priorities for a long time. This 15 day transit of the new Panama Canal exceeded even my lofty expectations (I am a seasoned cruiser). The crew and ...
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Sail Date March 2019


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tlc1972

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Reposition Cruise

THE FOOD Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind are amazing, both in quality of food and service. Main dining room and buffet also had great service, but the food was hit or miss (which is to be expected for mass ...
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Sail Date September 2018


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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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