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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Norwegian Jade

11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 05, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10570

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was one of the best cruises I have had in along time. The ship and its crew made this the best vacation. Loved the itinerary and 11 days. The Panama Canal is something everyone should experience, the captain was awesome and explained everything and gave us history on the Canal and everything that was going on.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Very Organized

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly, the ships officers were around watching all the employees. Matre D's in specialty restaurants came up to our table everytime, buffets were great and all the people in it.

Jasmine Asian Restaurant

5 out of 5

Very nice and always good

Magnum's Champagne Bar

5 out of 5

Bartenders and Waiters were wonderful

Mixers Martini Bar

5 out of 5

Should get 10 Stars !! Best Bartenders at Sea. Knew our names from Day 1 and always greeted us with our names and smiles and knew our favorite drinks...Wish I could take them on every ship

Garden Cafe

5 out of 5

Tables always were cleared promptly, very friendly staff and very well staffed

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

Always great, the Matre'D was excellent. Always greeted us with a smile. The Hostess not matter where we saw her in the ship always had a smile and said hello to us

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Best Cruise Director Vincent and his staff were the Best. Best ones I have seen in a long time. Stayed along time at the parties, didn't just pop in for a few minutes like most of them do and leave.

Pool

5 out of 5

Lots of room and nice to have 2 pools. Plenty of places for people to sit and get a chair

Entertainment

5 out of 5
DJ was great, played music based on the ships age crowd. Blazing Boots show was awesome as were the professional shows

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Everyone was friendly and professional and did a great job !

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Jade has the best layout, especially the Buffet area. Never appeared to be crowded. Always love the Great Outdoors area. Love there is still 2 pools with plenty of space.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Just enjoy the wonderful ship. Big is not always Better....

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5
Took the ferry to old town, and was constantly hounded by locals. Where the ship is docked there is a animal sanctuary that is free with beautiful birds, monkeys, anteaters, peacocks, etc. I rated it a 4 just because of that, plus a nice gift shop. Stay at the port, forget the tours.

Colon, Panama

3 out of 5
The locks were awesome, would have rather just stayed on the ship and go thru the remaining locks. We did do a monkey island tour but the bus ride and boat ride was 1.5 hr each way. Rated it a 3 because the monkeys were awesome, jumped on our boat and came up close to us, apparently are use to the daily tours and they get fed.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

2 out of 5
Took a beach tour, more bus ride than beach...1.5 hr to Beach.....1.5 hr only on the beach...half hour to shop next to the beach (different stop) another 1.5 hr back to port.

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
Love Roatan. Favorite Port....Did own excursion to Little French Key which is always excellent.

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
1st time at this port and love it. Will take a cruise to Belize just to spend the day here, could have spent 3 days here. Will try the superman zip line next time. Has everything. Enjoyed the swim up pool bar. Pool and Beach are amazing. Lots of shops as well.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
Did own excursion to one of the All Inclusive beach clubs. In Mexico you are going to constantly get hounded by the locals. There is a giant free pool with chairs at the port, so if you want to save money just do that along with a very small beach. Lots of shopping in port, has really grown in 1 year since the last time I was there

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
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