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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 11

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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17 Night Panama Canal Eastbound (San Francisco To Miami)
Sail Date: October 01, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 5529
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

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!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Delicious food, I even requested recipes and received them ( though they are for massive quantities!!)

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We loved the shows - especially opera singer, Swing, and Abba songs. Dancers are great!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
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!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Very new due to renovation, exceedingly clean, well-appointed and interesting decor, and well laid out - never too many people in one area.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Small but very functional. We did not tire of it over the 18 days. It seemed cozy.
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