Highlight-Panama Canal

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

20 Night Panama Canal Westbound (New York To San Francisco)

Sail date: January 04, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Enjoyable cruise. Free sulking is fun. Ports of call varied and should be reviewed by Norwegian.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Food was ok in the main dining rooms. Could have been better.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


3 out of 5
The performances at the main stage were inconsistent....some wonderful, and some who should be singing in a bar.

Children's Programs

No children.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Common areas were clean and well maintained, but cramped.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Had a balcony. Very appreciated on this long cruise.

Ship tip

It was a problem that the ship did not have a laundry room. Laundry service was available by the piece, or at times for $19 for whatever could be put in a paper bag. Talk about nickel and diming.......

Ports of call

Kralendijk, Bonaire

3 out of 5
A quiet island.

Oranjestad, Aruba

5 out of 5
Great excursion to see the best of Aruba.

Santa Marta, Colombia

1 out of 5
Local people were relentless in selling items.

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Went on a tour of the city. It was ok.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
Highlight of the cruise!!!!

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
Port was far from anything. Jungle tour by tractor was a disappointment...very few animals to see. The tour guide indicated that animals don’t come out in the heat of midday, so why offer it?

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

1 out of 5
This port should be avoided by cruises. Not safe.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

3 out of 5
I took an excursion to a jade factory and Antigua. It was interesting. The port itself is far away from anything.

Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico

3 out of 5
Nice town but apparently has a corrupt police force. Armed soldiers were everywhere to keep tourists safe.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

4 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
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