Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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5 out of 5

Wonderful Ports, Crew, and Ship

Sail Date: October 01, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

HappyThe NCL Pearl cruise from San Francisco to Miami through the Panama Canal was a delight. Going under the Golden Gate Bridge was an awesome start and the pots in Western Mexico were very nice. One exceptional excursion was to the Las Caletas Hideawy. Best day we've had in awhile - the staff on the catamaran to get us there was spectacular, as was the beach and lunch when we got there. Highly recommended. Going through the canal was amazing; we learned an enormous amount of info about the canal and had a bird's eye view. Didn't know that only few cruise ships go through. We were a sensation - a filled viewing terrace and pictures taken by the workers. I loved watching the trains pull us and seeing how we narrowly fit! The crew & staff on board the ship were so personable! NCL is doing something right with them! The ship was super clean, newly renovated, and well laid out. We saw the captain frequently and he was very accommodating. Great trip!

Cabin / Stateroom
Small but very functional. We did not tire of it over the 18 days. It seemed cozy.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Very new due to renovation, exceedingly clean, well-appointed and interesting decor, and well laid out - never too many people in one area.
Destinations and Excursions
Cabos San Lucas boat ride, Las Caletas Hideaway, and Ziplining in Costa Rica were amazing! High quality professional people and fantastic activities and scenery!
Onboard Activities
We loved the shows - especially opera singer, Swing, and Abba songs. Dancers are great!
Service and Staff
Wonderful servers in the Summer Palace: Marley, Pravin, Ambrose, Mario, Rodrigo, Julius, Jowel, Alan Laviolette, Whitney, Maricar. All made our dinners memorable - so personable and willing to cat, and they remembered us again and again! Such personalized attention!
Food and Dining
Delicious food, I even requested recipes and received them ( though they are for massive quantities!!)

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