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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

18 Night Panama Canal Westbound (New York To Los Angeles)

Sail date: January 02, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10070

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Great cruise. I highly recommend it.


5 out of 5
Very easy and quick process.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
The service was great but food quality and variety was average.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Lots of things to do on board.


4 out of 5
The main stage had a mixture of excellent shows and a few that were more average. One of the cocktail lounge acts (Angel Mac Oso) was fantastic. We sought is act out most every night

Children's Programs

No kids on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room steward (Tede) was fantastic. 95% of the wait staff was top notch. We especially enjoyed talking with Marla in the main dining room.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Nice size ship.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very nice cabin.

Ship tip

The only area that seemed to be crowded was around the pool area. Get there early!

Ports of call

New York, New York

5 out of 5
Great view of the Statue of Liberty as we left port.

Willemstad, Curacao

4 out of 5
Hato Caves and City Center.

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Best of Aruba

Santa Marta, Colombia Did not visit port

Stayed on the ship.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Discover Columbia.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Great to see this engineering marvel in action. Considering it was built over 100 years ago is amazing.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Scenic Costa Rica.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

5 out of 5
Flor De Cana Rum Distillery. Nice, fun tour.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

4 out of 5
Easy Antigua.

Manzanillo, Mexico Did not visit port

Stayed on the ship. Have visited before.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Town, Country, and Tequila. Very nice tour.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Nice port of call. No tour but felt save exploring on our own.

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

3 out of 5


3 out of 5
Very slow through customs
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