December 2015 - 11 Night Panama Canal & Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Pearl
11 day Panama Canal Cruise
Overall, the cruise was great & very relaxing. Enjoyed the unlimited beverage package & having prepaid the gratuities for drinks & all other services. The food was pretty good. I was disappointed that on the seafood buffet night in the cafe, they did not have any peel & eat shrimp or any crab legs offered, just seafood mixed into other dishes. We attended the 2 specialty restaurants on board & they were OK, but not sure they were worth the additional $35 per person charge (with tip) to attend.
The entertainment on the ship...some shows were good, others not so good. The man from the 4 Seasons group that did the show by himself, George, could not carry a show by himself very good (all 6 adults in my group agreed). The main problem with most of the shows on the cruise is that the music overpowered the singers at every show, the music should accompany the singers, not overpower them! (we attended the offered show each night). The comedy magician, Chip, was just OK...he did tricks you see every magician do (rope tricks, magic silver locking rings, 3 card monty card trick. tear the newspaper & put it back together again)...nothing that made me think, "Wow!" The "Variety Show" night, did not have any variety...it was all singing & dancing...I was expecting a variety of different types of acts. I would like to see acts that featured more than 1 person for the show, offering different types of talent...not just one night all singing, one night dancing, 1 night magic. We did enjoy Nadeen's hypnotist shows & Bud Anderson's comedy act. We really enjoyed listening to Jim Badger, the piano man...we listened to him most nights he performed. We also enjoyed the Legends in Concert night, as again, it featured more than just 1 person. The Michael Jackson impersonator was the best of the 3.
Also, the one bad thing about cruising, is that you only get to spend part of one day at each port. After traveling such distances, I would like to see more of each country than just one excursion per day. My favorite excursion we attended was the Jolly Roger Catamaran Sailing & Snorkeling in Honduras.