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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall rating:

4.6 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

12 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 27, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 14768

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

We had a blast!! The food was delicious, the staff was great! The ports were nice, and we felt safe.


4 out of 5
Embarkation went pretty well. Port of Miami is very organized

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Delicious food and service. The “specials” were changed out pretty regularly

Q Texas Smokehouse

4 out of 5

Good food. The BBQ is decent, the ribs are delicious. They give you way too much food! The pecan pie was amazing!!

Maltings Whiskey Bar

5 out of 5

My husband loves this place! Great selection of whiskeys.

Le Bistro French Restaurant

5 out of 5

The best specialty restaurant on the ship! Small and intimate. Wonderful service. Our friend wanted a baked potato (not on the menu) with her filet mignon, they made sure to get her one! The best desserts!!

Food Republic

5 out of 5

So worth the cost! I’m not normally a sushi fan, but this place changed my mind.

Atrium Bar

5 out of 5

The best bartenders!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
The pool was lovely. I didn’t use the exercise area


5 out of 5
Footloose was very good.

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Our room steward Gusti was wonderful. Everyone was so friendly.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
The ship was set up a lot like the Bliss, but the shops were smaller. I missed the gelato shop from the Bliss, and wished that the shops had more NCL gift items ( magnets, hats, etc)

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Large concierge balcony suite. Very clean, large bathroom

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

4 out of 5
We swam with the pigs, fun!!

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
We did the hop on hop off. Never again. The city is too crowded, and not enough buses

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5
Beautiful! A must see!

Colon, Panama

4 out of 5
We just shopped. It was a short visit.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Get some coffee to bring home!

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

5 out of 5
We went to the Gumbalimba Preserve. Macaws, and monkeys!!! So cool!

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Nice port. We went to a place where they made chocolate, and learned the culture of the Mayans. Very interesting. They fed us a Belizean lunch. Delicious!

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Fun port! Lots of shopping. We also went to the Mayan ruins.


4 out of 5
There was a small glitch on disembarkation, but once it was cleared up, it was fine.

Traveler Photos

Bananas Macaws Monkeys Grinding the corn Belizean lunch-rice and brand, chicken, slaw, and plantains Roasting the cocoa beans Mashing the cocoa bean
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