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Panama Canal (and vow renewal!)

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

HAL does the Panama Canal very well. The day before the transit, there were presentations on the history and the building of canals in general, and the Panama Canal specifically. The day of transit, all ship schedules were adjusted for the transit. All deck areas were opened for people to view the locks, special foods (Panama Rolls, etc) were made and served on deck areas. The cruise ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Good not great

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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Rider470
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Weakest link in our cruise has been the excursions, not as described, bus broke down in Costa Rica w a 2 hr delay. Tour Cartagena Columbia listed as 3.5 hrs lasted over 4.5 hours w no food or cafe stops available. Onboard bars running out of my favorite beer and 12oz waters is disappointing. Despite purchasing Have It All package my account has been charged incorrectly for drinks several times. ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Wonderful Time Through Panama Canal

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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CruisingPoof
10+ Cruises • Age 40s

This was a 14 day Panama Canal journey from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale. Zaandam is a smaller ship and doesn't have a lot of "bells and whistles" but has a lot to offer. Passengers were on the older side and only 14 or so children on board. Staff and crew were excellent. Never a long wait for a drink or to get something from the Lido buffet. Pools and hot tubs were never really very ...
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Sail Date: February 2023

Cabin Type: Neptune Deluxe Verandah Suite


Yes, it is literally "the worst ship I've ever been on."

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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jim87
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Chose this ship for the itinerary. Big mistake. Dated in all ways.So lacking in accessible features I can't believe it's ADA compliant. They are carrying wheelchair guests off the ship by hand. In the tiny casino you may earn enough points to qualify for free drinks while playing. But.... Good luck finding a server. Few activities on seadays. You are expected to amuse yourself. Entertainment ...
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Sail Date: February 2023

Cabin Type: Large Ocean-View Stateroom

Traveled with disabled person


Didn’t expect to like it so much!

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Zaandam

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Jotravels
10+ Cruises • Age 50s

This is long overdue! We’ve been on 3 cruises in 12 months and have used cruise critic for so much information. I decided it was time to jump in and give back! The three ships we’ve sailed on in the past year were Holland Americas Zaandam, Seaborne Oddessy, and Oceania Vista. We sailed on the Zaandam with a group of 8 people, family and friends. We wanted the iconic experience of going through ...
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Sail Date: February 2023

Cabin Type: Verandah Suite


No explanation why we didn’t stop at Nicaragua, which was what we paid for.

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

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jmallen04
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

Plus Food was normally pretty good Staff were mostly polite and accommodating Minus Not stopping at Nicaragua changed the dynamic of the cruise. Too many days at sea. Also, no explanation or apology, just a note on arrival. Not acceptable The constant announcements through the canal starting at 6am, and going all day, was a real distraction. Entertainment was somewhere between ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony


NCL Jewel: Panama Canal with Mexican Riviera & Central America

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

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Sitting here
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

The Travelers: Early 50's empty nesters. This was our fifth cruise, third with NCL, and the second time we’ve cruised without the kids. I’ll say going in that overall I was pleased with NCL, and especially with the Jewel and her crew. It wasn’t perfect, no trip ever is, but it sure was a great vacation. The Cruise: NCL Jewel 12-night, San Diego to Colon, Panama via the Panama Canal with port ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


Comfortable ship, great service

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

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disudds
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Our cruise from San Diego through the Panama Canal was almost perfect. With only 1600 passengers aboard, the ship was full of life and still had plenty of room to avoid lines and dance the night away. The most surprising part of the cruise was the quality of the food, which has always been good and was even better than usual on this cruise. The menu changed each day, repeating itself later in ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


Mostly Great, but some Major Glitches

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

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NH_Wave_Rider
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because we had not visited any of the ports of call before, and we have always wanted to see the Panama Canal. The Issues: We were disappointed that Nicaragua was cancelled, due to Covid Protocols. We were not told about this until we were on board. More notice should have been given to all passengers. I think NCL knew well in advance about this situation, and could ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


We Had A Great Trip1

Review for a Panama Canal & Central America Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

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Keyboardlady
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

I am taking a few moments to write a review as several I've read since returning from our trip are rather negative. Our experience was very positive. I should note, we have cruised on other lines (Celebrity, Carnival, Holland America, etc) and this is not our first boat ride. Also, traveling when we did the ship was not sold out (in fact, it was at about 60% of guest capacity) and the "crowd" ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


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