Panama Canal Visit

Nieuw Amsterdam Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Nieuw Amsterdam

14 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Ft. Lauderdale To San Diego)

Sail date: March 03, 2019

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 10002

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The cruise focused on the passage of the Panama Canal. This was great. The ship provided movies to explain the history of the original and the upgrade. The staff and crew were fantastic as was the food and dining arrangements. A bit of a long cruise at 14 days but great weather made for an enjoyable experience.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Food, service and presentation was excellant

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Ok. A bit of an older crowd. Activities at sea seemed somewhat limited.


3 out of 5
Not your top of the line talent. Some were ok, others just poor. Need to do a better job in this department

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All of the staff were top notch. Made the trip truly great/

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful ship. Not too big but not too small. Never felt overwhelmed by the other cruisers.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Exceed all my expectations. The room was large, the staff maintained it spotlessly and great view of the canal crossing do to the location.

Ship tip

A drink package may be worthwhile if it is a long cruise.

Ports of call

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Nice excursion. City was much larger than anticipated. Good informational guide.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Did not stop at the port, rather sailed through the canal from end to end. Quite the sight to see.

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Visit to the rain forest was great. Aerial tram was very interesting.Lunch quite enjoyable. Guide very informative. A bit of a long drive

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

4 out of 5
Visited the city of Old and Colonial Leon.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Visited the Old and Colonial city of Antigua. Guide(JP) quite good and lunch was very pleasant.

Huatulco, Mexico

2 out of 5
Not a good tour. The Capalito Arch was disappointing and the guide(Pedro) was not very informative.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Great tour of the city and local flavor. Guide made the trip quite enjoyable.


5 out of 5
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