Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Pearl

12 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 23, 2016

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 8512

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Review summary

My favorite part was the Panama Canal crossing. It was an amazing experience,

I loved the landscape of the place and in the tech side, the complexity of the engineering was mind bugling.

Loved the history of Cartagena also, the old city with it's walls and the fort was reminiscence of my Old San  Juan with it's old Spaniard culture.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Tasty food. was looking for some hot spice, could not find, not even when I tried the indian food. However quite a diversity made it always an adventure.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Did not get to too many of these. So I wasted money on the Casino, exactly what the cruise line likes. Found out that no one was winning. Everything is rigged in their favor, was told by staff, big money making, don't they get enough from us everywhere else. Ok so this is our choice so they know we are a bit more liberal during vacation time and they take advantage of us!


5 out of 5
It was good but our favorite latin band was at The Atrium the majority of the time, not a dancing place, had to dance on carpet, harmful to the knees and ankles.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Service staff was as expected, super nice, cordial, friendly, efficient, lovely, friendly, willing to serve, polite and some of them were fun to talk to, specially Natii in the crystal lounge bar, he knew I love to dance and every time he saw me will have a shimi move, fun, fun.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
I did not feel this was a nicely designed ship compared to Holland and princess, it was not even as nice as Carnival.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
The ugliest, plain, poorly designed, most unpleasant, not cozy cabin I have had on my five cruises!

Ship tip

I like the summer place with a good diversity of dishes. I did try the Lotus Garden and that was ok. Too much sugar on their food, I did mentioned this to them. The 2nd time there I paid for a sea bass dish which was ok.

Ports of call

Santa Marta, Colombia

1 out of 5
This was our unpleasant experience with the taxis, after 3 tries, decided we had had it with the locals, too hot to keep on waiting, vendors were on our face every 10 seconds, we did understand there is a need and I did acquiesced and made a purchase to contribute to local economy.

Panama Canal (Cruise Into Canal)

5 out of 5

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
My favorite, with it's green landscape and amazing engineering!

Colon, Panama

3 out of 5
Very poor city, nothing to see, sad, my experience with a lot of these places. However my daughter who flew from Costa Rica to Panama City and who I have not see all year, met us here, best 2 hours of my cruise. There is always a rainbow in every place visited.
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