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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Norwegian Joy

12 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 27, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Cabin number: 10962

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 10 months ago

Review summary

The Joy was a joy to cruise. The staff and the service was excellent. On top!


2 out of 5
Latitude members are supposed to get priority embarkation. With thousands of people, it was not the best organization I have seen. After so many years of experience you think Norwegian should have this process right but they do not.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
All was great!

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Dan Dan - Awesome!


5 out of 5
Very professional and entertaining!

Children's Programs

We did not bring children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Every single interaction was pleasant. I have to highlight the Somelier (forgot his name) and the staff at La Cucina. Excellent!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very clean for sure

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
A regular Balcony Cabin. Cannot complain about the space.

Ship tip

Please work on the embarkation and disembarkation process. It was not good at all!

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

5 out of 5

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

5 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
The traffic did not let us see much of the city. I would prefer more time in Cartagena and no time in Colon.

Cruise Gatun Lake (Inside Panama Canal)

5 out of 5

Colon, Panama

1 out of 5
Colon is depressing!

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Even though the excursion was entertaining, will not do another big masses excursion. Lot of unruly people, the crowds get crazy!!

Coxen Hole, Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

2 out of 5
Chose the excursion to Pristine Bay Resort. It was a fiasco! Nothing was included and the resort has so many biting ants. I am covered in bites. Spent the remaining part of the cruise itching all over.

Harvest Caye, Belize

4 out of 5
Chose the snorkeling excursion. It was not much to see. The water wasn't as clear as I was expecting. They said it was due to the earlier rain.,

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
Visited the ruins and the Blue Lagoon. The tour guide had a wealth of knowledge. The Blue Lagoon was really blue and the BBQ food was excellent.


1 out of 5
The computer systems on the boat failed and no one could leave for good 3 hours. Had made arrangements for transfers but had to take a taxi to rush to the airport.
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