Panama Canal Cruise

Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Star

Sail date: October 20, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Star

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Review summary

This was our third cruise and our third cruise line. For the first three days we weren't sure we were going to survive because the food was terrible. Overcooked, undercooked, cold, brown lettuce, etc. We spoke to the person in charge and immediately noticed changes. By the end of the cruise we were really pleased with the food.

We enjoyed how this cruiseline organized the guests for port trips, by having us meet at certain times and then going off the ship together. We really appreciated the cold washcloth and cold drink offered on the pier upon out return.

Security was great on the piers - including the sniffer dogs and security with machine guns.

Too bad smoking is still allowed on the ship.

We didn't appreciate being hit with the tip at the end of the cruise - somehow we had thought it was included. The staff were good at negotiating the amount of tip we wanted to pay.

Lots of variety in the programs offered on the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Some problems with poor meals initially, but that was resolved and the food ended up being quite enjoyable by the end of the cruise.

Onboard Activities

Lots of variety.


5 out of 5
Enjoyable evening performances.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All staff went above and beyond every time we encountered them.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Ship was clean but is showing it's age.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Amazingly tiny and we could hear all the entertainment....

Ship tip

Best place to sit in the shade is under the lifeboats on the non-smoking side! They need more chairs there, though.

Ports of call

Miami, Florida

3 out of 5

Cartagena, Colombia

3 out of 5
Beautiful county. BE careful of your footing when walking the streets.

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

3 out of 5
Took a scenic bus ride to a small town where they had children dance, etc. Short, but restful.

Puerto Chiapas (Tapachula), Mexico

5 out of 5
Ruins! I loved them!

Huatulco, Mexico

5 out of 5
Great ruins! Loved to see them. Be prepared for mosquitos. Vendor prices are very high. Never bought a thing and they didn't seem to want to bargain.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

5 out of 5
We hired a cab with another couple for $20.00 a person plus tip for four hours. The cabbie showed us a great time, lots of scenery and shopping. He knew good eateries as well but we didn't want to spend time eating.

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

5 out of 5
Trip toTodos Santos was amusing. How many times will we ever get to eat breakfast in the Hotel California?
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