Absolutely Fantastic Panama Canal Round Trip Cruise!

Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Norwegian Jade

11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 26, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10104

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Overall, it was a wonderful cruise. The only part we didn't rate highly was disembarkation. Despite the ship leaving a day late, NCL made up for it fairly. We would sail on the Jade again.


5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was always good, sometimes fantastic. The included Ultimate Drink Package made this like an all-inclusive cruise. Ate and drank way too much, and loved it!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Always a lot to do. Enjoyed the pool deck, the shows, the casino, and even the fitness center (occasionally!). Prices for Bingo and other prize games seemed high, and the cash prizes low compared to previous years we've cruised, but still fun to play at times. Music at the pool area was too loud, and the bands were of questionable quality.


4 out of 5
Shows were good. Bands were some good, some not. Music was too loud in pool area.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Outstanding service and friendly staff all around!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cabin was fine and was as expected. A bit small...go for suite if you can.

Ship tip

Get the drink packages, shore excursion credits and all the internet time offered as part of any deal you can make!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia Did not visit port

Due to mechanical issues on the ship, this port was canceled. The ship left Miami a day late. But NCL refunded us a full day and gave each stateroom an onboard credit. It was a fair deal.

Colon, Panama

5 out of 5

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5
NCL owned and built resort. A bit expensive, but nice.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5


2 out of 5
Stood in line for a long time to get through customs. Put my wife into a medical crisis. NCL responded with a wheelchair, but withdrew it before going through customs. The process to board post-cruise transportation was crowded and chaotic.
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