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Norwegian Star Cruise Review to Panama Canal, Central America

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 14

Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
Norwegian Star

14 Night Panama Canal Westbound (Los Angeles To Miami)

Sail date: April 08, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Star

Cabin type: Suite

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

Overall, we loved our cruise. We had a suite so it came with benefits I would have hated to not have like being able to eat in the specialty restaurants at breakfast and lunch. The specialty restaurants were excellent! O'Sheehan's was really good too. Excellent bartenders! And our Beverage Package was absolutely worth it!


5 out of 5
We had priority embarkation, so we didn't have to wait in line and after receiving our card, were escorted to a private lounge with food and drinks before boarding the ship.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
We loved all of the specialty restaurants, the food was excellent! I wish every dining option was up to their high standards.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5
All of the performances were excellent and they offered a real variety of shows.

Children's Programs

4 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our steward was excellent - friendly, always smiling and using our names when he saw us, kept our room perfectly clean!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We were thrilled with our balcony suite! I don't think I'd change anything about it. It was aft facing and we loved watching the Panama Canal from there. It was amazing!

Ship tip

If you're a pool lover, you'll need to eat breakfast early in order to grab a prime lounger on the pool deck. You snooze, you lose.

Ports of call

San Pedro (Los Angeles), California

5 out of 5

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

4 out of 5
Beautiful place, but you can't swim in the ocean here because of the currents. We took a short sailing trip and saw whales and their famous arch then went into town on our own. Very safe and folks are friendly.

Acapulco, Mexico

4 out of 5
We saw the cliff divers who were spectacular!

San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

4 out of 5

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

5 out of 5
Beautiful country and friendly faces! I was worried about mosquitos, but used bug spray and never had an issue.

Panama Canal Transit

5 out of 5
This was an amazing experience I'll never forget! We had a Canal employee on board narrating as we went through and the information and history given was informative and interesting - a definite highlight of the cruise!

Cartagena, Colombia

5 out of 5
This port caught us totally by surprise because it wasn't what we were expecting at all. It's a little Miami in the new town - all white condo buildings and sky scrapers. And in the old town, the walled city is a must see! There was so much history to hear about see. The only downfall was the unrelenting vendors trying to sell us hats and everything else, they never stopped! But upon return to the cruise ship terminal, there's a free small zoo and Juan Valdez store and they were so nice to go through before getting back on the ship - macaws, peacocks, black swans, pink flamingos!

George Town, Grand Cayman

5 out of 5
We love Grand Cayman and have been there before. Stingray city is a must if you haven't been, go! 7-mile beach is close by ($4 cab fare) and beautiful. You can't go wrong with any of the excursions, but the island is easily explored on your own. We love this place!

Miami, Florida

4 out of 5


1 out of 5
We weren't able to connect with our concierge for priority disembarkation. We were able to get off with the excursion tour groups who were called fairly early in the process, but once we got our bags in the terminal (easy process) we ran into a huge line waiting to go through customs. That was the worst part, waiting to go through customs. They didn't have near enough custom agents for all of us, and it took over an hour. Once we reached an agent, the processing part went quickly and smoothly.
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