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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 26

Overall rating:

4.4 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

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9136

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

The cruise was well-worth the time and money. We met some great people, both on and off the ship. We relaxed, laid in the sun, read, and still enjoyed the entertainment and time in the ports.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Eat in the Dining Rooms and let yourself be pampered by the wait staff. It also helps you to regulate the amount of food you eat.

Ports of call

New York, New York

4 out of 5

Kralendijk, Bonaire

5 out of 5
Snorkling was the best!!!

Oranjestad, Aruba

4 out of 5
Fun place to shop

Santa Marta, Colombia

2 out of 5
No excursion here. City was dirty and not much of interest.

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Hop-on/hop-off bus with walking tour of the old city. Interesting old city, but the rest of the city was nothing special.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Excursion on an old train, a bus and a river boat. Very interesting and good guide.

Puerto Corinto, Nicaragua

4 out of 5
Excursion to a botanical garden--not very interesting. Too far from the port.

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Excursion to Antigua. Antigua was awesome! Worth the bus ride there.

Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Mexico

3 out of 5
No excursion. Not alot to do in the city.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
Beautiful city, but the tour of the city was long, with not much to see. We would have rather explored by ourselves.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5
No excursion--just explored by ourselves. Beautiful, just very touristic.

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

4 out of 5
We explored on our own and enjoyed the city.

Santa Barbara, California

5 out of 5
We explored on our own and saw that it was a beautiful city with alot of money!!!

San Francisco, California

4 out of 5
We took a bus tour from the ship to the airport. It was a 5 hour overview of the city. It was boring! And the guide was terrible. We had much better guides in developing countries!!!


5 out of 5
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