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Norwegian Pearl Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

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Reviews: 2
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Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Norwegian Pearl

14 Night Panama Canal Partial Transit (Tampa Roundtrip)

Sail date: December 09, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Pearl

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8520

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We've been on 17 cruises and by far this was the best. Would highly recommend this cruise.


5 out of 5
very fast and efficient

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Specialty restaurants were fantastic. The buffets were very good. Main dining room was very good, but much too slow for me. O'Sheehans a very nice surprise. Great food, fast friendly service, and a nice variety not available at other dining venues.


4 out of 5

Good food and entertaining

Great Outdoors Bar

5 out of 5

Quiky lunches at the pool. Great hamburgers and fries

Garden Cafe / Kid's Cafe

5 out of 5

The buffet is always ready for you

Cagney's Steakhouse

5 out of 5

WOW!!!! Fantastic

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Enjoyed the pool, however would have enjoyed it more if they would have played something besides elevator music. When the bands played or the dj, it was very nice. Did dancing with the stars, sing it if you can, bingo, and several of the pool contests. The entertainment lineup was fantastic, best we have ever had on any cruise.

Art Gallery and Internet Cafe

4 out of 5

A lot of complaining, a little slow, but our experience was very good. Was nice to be connected when we wanted

Jogging / Walking Track

4 out of 5

Jogged every morning to work off the buffet

Hot Tubs

4 out of 5

Could have been a little warmer, but very relaxing

Bridge Viewing Room

5 out of 5

Very relaxing


5 out of 5

Spinnaker Lounge

5 out of 5

Lots of good times and good shows

Bliss Ultra Lounge

5 out of 5

Karaoke was great

Children's Programs

No kids

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Fantastic as always

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
We were on the Pearl 2009 and enjoyed it then. It is even better now

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Don't spend much time in the room, but it was comfortable, clean, and a nice view

Ship tip

Participate and have fun

Ports of call

Tampa, Florida

5 out of 5
Really not a port of call....we got on and sailed and we disembarked and returned home

George Town, Grand Cayman Did not visit port

Too windy and couldn't tender in

Ocho Rios, Jamaica Did not visit port

Been there before and it was raining so we just enjoyed the activities onboard

Santa Marta, Colombia Did not visit port

The daily recommended to travel in groups and be discreet about showing money.....not that important to us

Cartagena, Colombia Did not visit port

Again, not high on our list of priorities

Colon, Panama

4 out of 5
Enjoyed the shopping in the port terminal.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Again, shopping was close to the port and people very friendly

Harvest Caye, Belize

5 out of 5
Loved this one. Been to Belize several years ago and this was a pleasant surprise. Private island with lots of sun, sand, chairs, and umbellas

Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala

5 out of 5
Again shopping was very close to the dock and live music so my wife could shop and I could kick back and listen. Biggest marimba I have ever seen. Took six fellas to play it

Costa Maya (Mahahual), Mexico

5 out of 5
The first time we went there was only the swim up bar and a stage for entertainment. Wow has this place grown. Lots of shopping and plenty of places to relax


2 out of 5
We opted for lattitudes disembarkation and the color was yellow and supposed to be at 9 am. It was a little later than that, which didn't really matter, but they called four different colors at the same time. Needless to say a whole lotta folks were trying to get off at the same time....very slow
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