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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4.5 out of 5
Norwegian Pearl

14 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: November 25, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Inside

Cabin number: 9505

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

First time on Norwegian. We mostly have gone on Celebrity/Royal Caribbean. Actually liked Norwegian better - it was classy, fun, ship atmosphere was wonderful. The staff all seemed to be happy in their job. Had great narration during Canal. Cruise Director Jodie and Asst. Tiara were extra special. Definitely will travel Norwegian again.


3 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Occasionally had a long wait after order was taken but overall good. Food was excellent - wish they had more vegetarian choices.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Bridge Viewing Room

5 out of 5

Fantastic - it was very nice to see the Captain and Crew outlook from the Bridge. Liked looking at their instruments.


4 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Don't be afraid to ask questions...especially about shore excursions. Instructions were not clear unless you had a tour to see if you could also leave ship if you did not have a tour. Did not have interactivie TV that would allow you to check your bill. Had to ask to have it printed out.

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5

George Town, Grand Cayman

4 out of 5

Ocho Rios, Jamaica

5 out of 5

Santa Marta, Colombia

4 out of 5
Most people did not speak English so if you go out on your own, be prepared.

Cartagena, Colombia

4 out of 5

Colon, Panama

4 out of 5
Not much time to explore but still nice.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Took local tour and it was very nice. Liked that they posted how much each tour would cost.

Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala

3 out of 5

Belize City, Belize

5 out of 5
Had to pay $20.00 for ferry to and from Belize because we docked at Harvest Caye resort...which was so commercial. Loved going to Provice, Belize. Gorgeous water and nice people.

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

3 out of 5
Way too commercial.


5 out of 5
Great because we walked off with own luggage; Again communication was not clear from cruise line how it would be handled.
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