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January 2020 Cruises to the Panama Canal & Central America

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10 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Falmouth, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Falmouth
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

Reviews

Caribbean Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

15 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Cartagena, Panama Canal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Huatulco
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

Cons

Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

Bottom Line

Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

Reviews

Emerald Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

10 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Grand Cayman, Cartagena ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 7
    Limon Bay
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Falmouth
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Caribbean Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Varied selection of dining venues, daytime activities and evening entertainment

Cons

Not a lot of active pursuits available onboard

Bottom Line

Port-intensive itineraries and regionally themed activities offer an immersive experience

Reviews

Caribbean Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins3.5
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

15 Night
Transcanal Cruise

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Huatulco
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Fuerte Amador
  • Day 12
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Emerald Princess - Princess Cruises

Pros

Friendly crew, well-crafted shore tours, improved specialty dining

Cons

Long queues to enter main dining rooms and upselling in the spa

Bottom Line

Relaxed atmosphere with dining and entertainment options for all ages

Reviews

Emerald Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.5
Service4.0
Value4.5

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Dining

16-day
Panama Canal

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Huatulco
  • Day 7
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 8
    Corinto
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 11
    Panama Canal
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Aruba
  • Day 14
    Curacao
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Rotterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

Pool deck never feels overcrowded

Con

Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

Bottom Line

Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

Reviews

Rotterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

Launched in 1997, Rotterdam VI is the sixth in a line of Holland America flagships and it shows...

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Dining

16-day
Panama Canal

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Curacao, Aruba ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Curacao
  • Day 5
    Aruba
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Panama Canal
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 10
    Corinto
  • Day 11
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 12
    Huatulco
  • Day 13
    Cruising
  • Day 14
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    San Diego
Ship Details

Rotterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

Pool deck never feels overcrowded

Con

Older ship showing signs of age, particularly in non-suite cabins

Bottom Line

Simple ship with a laidback atmosphere

Reviews

Rotterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best Overall

18-day
Panama Canal

Leaving:
San Diego
Visiting:
Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo ... see more
Cruise Line:
Holland America Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    San Diego
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 5
    Manzanillo
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Huatulco
  • Day 8
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 9
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 10
    Corinto
  • Day 11
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal (Cruising)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Aruba
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Cruising
  • Day 18
    Half Moon Cay
  • Day 19
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Ship Details

Oosterdam - Holland America Line

Pro

The addition of the line's signature Music Walk has reinvigorated nightlife onboard

Con

Lacks attractions for active cruisers

Bottom Line

Good service and excellent evening entertainment combine to please

Reviews

Oosterdam Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

First thing's first: Plenty of features onboard Holland America's Oosterdam might elicit an "oo...

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Shore Excursions

18 Night
Panama Canal Cruise

Leaving:
Miami
Visiting:
Cartagena, Colon ... see more
Cruise Line:
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Miami
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 5
    Colon (Cristobal)
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 8
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 9
    San Juan del Sur
  • Day 10
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 11
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 12
    Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
  • Day 13
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 14
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 15
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 16
    San Diego
  • Day 17
    Pacific Ocean (Cruising)
  • Day 18
    San Francisco
  • Day 19
    San Francisco
Ship Details

Seven Seas Mariner - Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Pro: Cruise fare covers nearly everything: drinks, tips and excellent variety of excursions

Con: Prices are among the industry's highest, even for entry-level suites

Bottom Line: Inclusive nature and great service means a Mariner cruise is all about relaxing

Reviews

Seven Seas Mariner Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

2019 Best for Value

15 Night
Panama Canal Cruise

Cruise Critic Favorite
Leaving:
Fort Lauderdale
Visiting:
Aruba, Panama Canal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Princess Cruises
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Aruba
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Panama Canal
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puerto Quepos
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puerto Chiapas
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Los Angeles
Ship Details

Pacific Princess - Princess Cruises

Reviews

Pacific Princess Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
0.0/5

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What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

  • Cabin
    Room with bed and private bathroom
  • Port Taxes & Fees
  • Service Gratuities
  • Most Onboard Entertainment
  • Kids Club
  • Shore Excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
  • Select Dining
    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
  • Alcohol
    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

8 Day
Panama Canal Cruise

Leaving:
Tampa
Visiting:
Puerto Limon, Panama Canal ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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Cruise Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Tampa
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 5
    Panama Canal
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Tampa
Ship Details

Carnival Legend - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Plenty of fun activities, free food options, a thrilling water slide and adults-only deck

Cons

Outrageous decor is not to everybody's tastes

Bottom Line

Family-friendly ship with American touches but an Australian vibe

Reviews

Carnival Legend Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining3.5
Service4.0
Value4.0

Carnival Legend is the third ship in the Spirit Class, which introduced some significant firsts...

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21-day
Panama Canal From San Francisco

Leaving:
San Francisco
Visiting:
Santa Barbara, Los Angeles ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    San Francisco
  • Day 2
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 3
    Los Angeles
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 6
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 7
    Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 10
    Corinto
  • Day 11
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 12
    Cruising
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal
  • Day 14
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 15
    Santa Marta
  • Day 16
    Aruba
  • Day 17
    Curacao
  • Day 18
    Bonaire
  • Day 19
    Cruising
  • Day 20
    Cruising
  • Day 21
    Cruising
  • Day 22
    New York (Manhattan)
Ship Details

Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Easy layout, lots of choice, refitted Haven

Cons

Longer itineraries make cruises less family friendly

Bottom Line

Wide range of dining and entertainment options keep everyone happy

Reviews

Norwegian Gem Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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16-day
Panama Canal Explorer: Ocean To Ocean From Los Angeles

Leaving:
Los Angeles
Visiting:
Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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    Los Angeles
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 4
    Mazatlan
  • Day 5
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 9
    Cruising
  • Day 10
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Gatun Lake
  • Day 13
    Panama Canal
  • Day 14
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 15
    Cruising
  • Day 16
    Cruising
  • Day 17
    Miami
Ship Details

Norwegian Joy - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Great selection of dining venues, plus fun activities like go-karts, laser tag and a VR arcade.

Cons

Most dining venues and activities cost extra; and everything requires reservations.

Bottom Line

A fun ship that has plenty to keep you busy.

Reviews

Norwegian Joy Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.0/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.0
Service4.5
Value3.5

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14 Night
Carnival Journeys - Panama Can

Leaving:
Galveston
Visiting:
Grand Cayman, Aruba ... see more
Cruise Line:
Carnival Cruise Line
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  • Day 1
    Galveston
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Grand Cayman
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Aruba
  • Day 7
    Curacao
  • Day 8
    Cruising
  • Day 9
    Panama Canal
  • Day 10
    Puerto Limon
  • Day 11
    Cruising
  • Day 12
    Roatan
  • Day 13
    Cozumel
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Galveston
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Carnival Freedom - Carnival Cruise Line

Pros

Free dining options and age-appropriate activities, including Seuss-themed events

Cons

Layout forces passengers to climb stairs to access other main areas of the ship on the same deck

Bottom Line

Tremendous value to passengers and families, with fun-for-all-ages atmosphere

Reviews

Carnival Freedom Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Specialty Alternative Dining
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  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
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20-day
Panama Canal From New York

Leaving:
New York
Visiting:
Curacao, Aruba ... see more
Cruise Line:
Norwegian Cruise Line
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    New York (Manhattan)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Curacao
  • Day 6
    Aruba
  • Day 7
    Santa Marta
  • Day 8
    Cartagena (Colombia)
  • Day 9
    Panama Canal
  • Day 10
    Cruising
  • Day 11
    Puntarenas (Puerto Caldera)
  • Day 12
    Corinto
  • Day 13
    Puerto Quetzal (Antigua)
  • Day 14
    Cruising
  • Day 15
    Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo
  • Day 16
    Puerto Vallarta
  • Day 17
    Cabo San Lucas
  • Day 18
    Cruising
  • Day 19
    Los Angeles
  • Day 20
    Santa Barbara
  • Day 21
    San Francisco
Ship Details

Norwegian Gem - Norwegian Cruise Line

Pros

Easy layout, lots of choice, refitted Haven

Cons

Longer itineraries make cruises less family friendly

Bottom Line

Wide range of dining and entertainment options keep everyone happy

Reviews

Norwegian Gem Reviews

Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value5.0

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  • Wi-Fi
  • Spa Services
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    Main dining room and/or buffet
  • Specialty Alternative Dining
  • Room Service
  • Butler Service
  • Basic Drinks
    Still water, coffee, and tea
  • Soft Drinks
    Soda and Juice
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    Beer, wine, and spirits
  • Specialty Coffee Drinks
    Including smoothies and blended drinks
  • Specialty Fitness Classes

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