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Jewel of the Seas Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Jewel of the Seas

16 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Diego To Miami)

Sail date: March 13, 2019

Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The Panama Canal is an engineering marvel considering how many countries tried and failed and when it was attempted. Going through the canal is much better than just going up to it and looking.


5 out of 5
easy, peasy

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Great service in the dining room and Windjammer. Did not do any specialty restaurants.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Did not partake.


3 out of 5
Most of them were good. Did not go to all. Do not like hypnotists.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Excellent service from all ship personnel.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Older ship, time for renewal, but always clean and maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Beautiful, spacious grand suite.

Ship tip

One of our favorite ships.

Ports of call

San Diego, California

5 out of 5
Came in early and toured the Maritime Museum next to the port.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

2 out of 5
Did not like the port very much. Every shop has the same merchandise and owners somewhat aggressive.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

2 out of 5
Port is too far from town. Did a boat excursion which was too long for what we saw and boat was overloaded.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Excursion to Antigua was great. Don't miss Casa Popenoe.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Guide made this tour great. Lots of information and sights.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
All day going through the canal with a narrator was the best! So fascinating!

Colon, Panama

2 out of 5
Not much to do at port. Did not feel safe to walk very far.

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
The Oasis park at the end of the walkway was great! Saw peacocks, parrots, anteaters, Toucans, and more. Dancers performed to music, nice gift shop, and all free.

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5
Only got off and went to rental car agency.


5 out of 5
Very easy.
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