Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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3 out of 5

Miami to LA Panama Canal Cruise on NCL's The Pearl

Sail Date: April 16, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

First off I'd like to say that 17 days on a cruise boat is way too long, but to do the Panama Canal right there was no way around it. We loved our cabin, a mini suite #11150 top cabin floor on the very back of the ship, little wind and fantastic views.

The day going through the Panama Canal was wonderful, especially since you could sit on the balcony and watch the entire process. The TV in the room had a channel with a web cam showing the ship from the front so we could see both ends at the same time, pretty great.

Freestyle cruising is the way to go, eat anytime (we never had to wait for a table and only 2 of the restaurants require "dressing up" (capri's for women, men in pants-jeans OK with a collared shirt, no open toed shoes for the guys, otherwise shorts and flip flops were good for all the other restaurants.

The crowd on the ship was older, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, scooters, so sometimes things go slow, a little too slow.

We were excited about the ports in Columbia, Guatemala and Costa Rica, but they were not that great and the distance to do anything was far. The ports in Mexico were much better except for Puerta Chiapas (which we have no idea why they stop there).

If you need a LONG vacation but only have 17 days... go on a will feel like you have been gone for 2 months.



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Our cabin was the top far right room when looking at the back of the ship. Our floor plan was reverse of the one in the photo, bed on right wall and the seating area was when you walked in, bed closer to the balcony, our floor plan was much better for when people came to visit (since they didn't need to maneuver around the bed).


Lotus Garden a restaurant on the ship had amazingly good Chinese food, the pot stickers were delicious. Cagney's had the best filet I had ever eaten. Two pools plenty of room for everyone.

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