Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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4 out of 5

On the Pearl to Panama

Sail Date: December 31, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

We had very rocky seas during the first two days, after which it was smooth sailing.  Cartegena and Panama were oppressively hot and humid.  In Cartegena there were pitiful beggars who would not leave us alone.  At Cristobal it was difficult to get a good perspective at 6 AM or so as we entered the locks, but many people were on deck observing.  The visit to the locks by bus didn't have accommodations for people with mobility issues.  The Two Oceans by Railroad was an excellent excursion, as was the Puerto Limon Train, Boat, Bus Adventure.  We enjoyed the great beach day at Maya Key Roatan and seeing the animals & Mayan ruin replicas.  Starfish Island was very nice at the Belize Port of Call, and the Beach Club at Costa Maya wasn't as nice as one we had visited before, but still fine.  Norwegian did a good job getting people on & off the ship, the buffet offered a good variety, our cabin steward Victor was excellent, and the entertainment was pretty good overall.  We would like a place for "older couples dancing" which isn't available, but we could dance to Avalon, a terrific Latin Music band, if we went early before the younger crowd got there.

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