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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 21

Overall rating:

3.5 out of 5
Norwegian Jade

11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 24, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9662

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall the Cruise was good. The cruise staff was not remotely as efficient was other NCL cruises. Captain did not communicate as effective as needed when a port was skipped. Food was average.


4 out of 5
Embarking was very smooth. Got onboard rather quickly after 12:00 pm.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The 3 stars are for the main dining room. Food was repeated everyday. I’ve been on other NCL cruises and lunch had a different twist daily. Not here. Food itself was good, just limited. Ate at all specialty restaurants in the evening and they were all excellent.

Magnum's Champagne Bar

4 out of 5

Great place to relax. It’s warm, comfy and drinks are good

Topsiders Bar and Grill

4 out of 5

Loved hanging outside. The staff did not clean enough here. But overall loved being here daily!


4 out of 5

Love this restaurant. Service is always great!

Mixers Martini Bar

5 out of 5

Loved this place!!! Service was great and had the best specialty drinks!

Grand Pacific Dining Room

5 out of 5

Service and food was excellent

Garden Cafe

3 out of 5

Main dining room. Food average. Just repeats the same food toooooooo much

Atrium Bar

5 out of 5

Great service and it’s a good place to relax. This locations also warm ;)

Alizar Main Dining Room

1 out of 5

This restaurant is loud and the food was not very good. Tables are also too close.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Onboard activities were good. They did t place them in areas that made sense. However, overall good.


5 out of 5

Always wonderful. Could use more updating. But still excellent!

Shore Excursions Desk

1 out of 5

Bad customer service. As I asked a question the person kept answering before I asked. Of course, it meant her answer was wrong. I finally asked to speak with someone else.


3 out of 5

Service was ok. I’ve had much better with NCL


2 out of 5
One band was aweful. I don’t even want to name them! They couldn’t play reggae or anything. They didn’t start on time. I finally got tired of trying to give them excuses. The stage shows were very second rate. I’ve been on other NCL cruises and the live shows were top ranking. In this case, it was very cheap and aweful.


3 out of 5

Venue dated and shows were just ok.

Spinnaker Lounge

5 out of 5

Really fun venue. Bring a jacket or sweater as it’s always chilli in here

Children's Programs

Didn’t bring children

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
The staff was not very good overall. Again, on other NCL, the staff were the best. Here, service improved the closer we got to our last day on the ship. Really bad for a cruise. The service was just ok.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was very clean and well maintained. It’s just an old ship and needs to be updated. Most of the entertainment rooms were too small to accommodate.

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The room was nice (as always). The Stewart was very good.

Ship tip

Enjoy the time off the boat. Get involved while on the boat with activities. I always love the spa ;)

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Colon, Panama

5 out of 5

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5


4 out of 5
Overall good and smooth
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