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Norwegian Jade Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 29

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Norwegian Jade

11 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 24, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Jade

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 9174

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This has been our favorite cruise; there is almost nothing we didn't enjoy about it.


5 out of 5
Easy breezy and fast

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Best food we've had on a cruise in the main dining rooms and buffet. Easy to get seating in dining rooms; buffet seating was hit-or-miss depending on time. The specialty restaurants were a nice change of pace.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
So many choices - the cruise director's staff did a fantastic job of scheduling lots of fun activities such as bingo, trivia, deal or no deal, hangman, walking on the promenade deck with them, etc.


5 out of 5
Very professional. The female performers, in particular, had great voices.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Room steward very attentive and quickly understood our daily patterns to be unobtrusive. A few servers learned our names and greeted us by name which is a nice touch.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
We wouldn't splurge again on this cabin as the balcony is not bigger than a standard balcony. The room itself was fine but wasn't worth the extra money.

Ship tip

Read the fine print and understand if you don't book a NCL shore excursion in Panama you can't get off the ship.

Ports of call

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5

Colon, Panama

5 out of 5

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

3 out of 5
It was "okay." Get away from the little touristy area where the food and drinks are horrible and get "local" cuisine which is much better and cheaper. Souvenirs are cheaper, too.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

4 out of 5
Very touristy but better than we thought.


3 out of 5
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