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Panama Canal & Central America Norwegian Gem Panama Canal & Central America Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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2461 reviews
9 Awards
NCL GEM
thermal suite.
Balcony extremely nice
Cabin 15500 - Deck
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3.5
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Good cruise, but NCL has lost their way
"This is my 26th review for Cruise Critic. Unlike some reviewers that join this group just to complain about a bad experience, I have, for the past 10+ years felt obliged to write about my cruise experiences. I am a..."Read More
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Norwegian Gem - Cons outweigh the Pros

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kellianded

2-5 Cruises

Age 50s

Overall the Gem is a nice ship but the poor quality of food and lack of interesting activities made for a rather ho hum three week cruise. My wife and I chose this cruise because the itinerary because the ship was scheduled to stop at many ports, most of which we had not yet visited. After boarding in L.A. and a quiet day at sea, our first stop was in Cabo and that was an exciting port - ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Inside


Good thanks to the crew.

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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Bruges

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This was our 3rd cruise with NCL, 15th in total. We choose this cruise for the itinerary. I must say, being European and living in a mediëval city our expectations are high. You can not surprise us with a 19th century church. So history/culture and nature are the things we want to see. (CC why no history/culture in "Which of the following apply to your review?") We booked a balcony on deck ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Balcony


Upgrade Bid to a Haven Suite

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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Casey2828

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the time of year. This was our first cruise in many years and our first on the NCL line. We originally booked a mini suite and put a bid on an upgrade about 30 days before the cruise. We won the bid and were excited to have been placed in the Deluxe Owner's Suite #15500. The service there was wonderful and we had a delightful time. The Butler, ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony


Panama Canal 21 day cruise

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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theoz

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact that it left San Francisco and ended in New York. Being from the East Coast, we only had to fly one way. This cruise had 13 port stops which was wonderful. The ship was almost all senior citizens which we expected due to the length of the cruise. We met some wonderful people from all over the world and it was so interesting talking ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony


Good Time - but not a luxury cruise

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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BWCW3885

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Although we have cruised about 20 times (about 6 with NCL - we are latitudes silver because two of our cruises were from the 80's before they had a loyalty program), there were numerous ports on this cruise we had not seen before. And it's a great time of year to get out of the winter for three weeks. We got a good deal on the ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Balcony


A Super Dooper Money Grab

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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wobbiegongs

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

I wanted to travel through the Panama Canal on my birthday as I had done the Suez Canal with Celebrity Cruises the year before. I now call Norwegian Cruises - NO Norwegian cruises because anything you ask the staff except for our cabin guy is a NO. Or they say yes and then you find out later its a NO. I asked if I could save a space for viewing the Panama and was told Yes, the 13th floor is ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Inside


Cruise Director staff difficult to understand

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dhult15

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

Luz and Joey, both from Philippines, were a joke. The morning tv show was them acting like small children. Couldn’t understand them. Since Luz was on the mic so often and then every night after the shows, most Americans complained to each other about her horrible accent. More than 1/2 passengers were European and Asian. Don’t know how they could understand. Did not enjoy the bands who were very ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window


Just so-so

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beachcomberbill

10+ Cruises

Age 70s

PART I : PORTS OF CALL We wanted to leave the cold northeast for the month. This itinerary seemed to fit the bill. We’re Platinum level members. This was our eighth cruise with NCL. We chose to fly from NYC where we live to SF in order to get the air travel over at the beginning. The air was included in the cost of the cruise, so I guess you can’t complain too much about “free”. However ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Good cruise, but NCL has lost their way

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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Tailwind1

10+ Cruises

Age 60s

This is my 26th review for Cruise Critic. Unlike some reviewers that join this group just to complain about a bad experience, I have, for the past 10+ years felt obliged to write about my cruise experiences. I am a professional writer in another life which tends to make my reviews long and thorough. If you want to know simply if we liked our time on the Gem, just count the stars. If you want to ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window


Disappointed

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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KathnBri

6-10 Cruises

Age 60s

The Panama Canal transit was something I rely wanted to do and as a bonus this cruise sailed from San Francisco. We booked with a 2 night stay there before we sailed and that was well worth it. Embarkation was quick and the luggage was soon delivered to the cabin. It is probably the smallest cabin we have had compared to other cruise companies though we look on it as just somewhere to sleep. ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


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