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Norwegian Joy Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Norwegian Joy

16 Night Panama Canal (Los Angeles To Miami)

Sail date: January 17, 2020

Ship: Norwegian Joy

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

We are addicted to cruising and NCL is our favorite.


3 out of 5
It was chaotic. We were surprised with the long lines, long wait

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
NCL’s crew & staff have consistently been very good to great. Their friendliness and enthusiasm to please overcome any negative issues encountered on the cruise.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
For the ship size & passenger capacity, it almost never feel crowded (except for the buffet at breakfast during port days which is understandable)

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
The area between the bed and TV box is way too narrow (maybe only 12 inches?) And this is the high-traffic area where you pass to go to the sofa, balcony, table, muni-fridge.

Ship tip

Don’t sweat the small stuff. This is YOUR vacation.

Ports of call

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5

Mazatlan, Mexico

5 out of 5

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5

Acapulco, Mexico

5 out of 5

Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala

5 out of 5

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

4 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5


4 out of 5
It was a a breeze getting off the ship but the baggage collection area was chaotic. Luggage tag colors did not match the signs on the carousel nor area. Had to walk back and forth to the different carousel and area to find our bags.
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