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14-Day Panama Canal from Los Angeles on Norwegian Cruise Lines - $579 per person based on dbl occ

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Norwegian Cruise Line have an upcoming cruise, a 14-Day Panama Canal from Los Angeles, for $579 per person, interior stateroom and based on double occupancy.. It's on the Norwegian Pearl and makes these stops:

CRUISE PORTS EMBARK Los Angeles (California); Cabo San Lucas (Mexico); Acapulco (Mexico); Huatulco (Mexico); Puntarenas (Costa Rica); Cartagena (Colombia); DISEMBARK New Orleans (Louisiana)

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There's added bonuses too. If you hover over the "free" stuff, you'll see a list of choices and what's avalable to you.

This averages about $42 per day, per person! You get room, board, entertainment, meals!
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If this is your first cruise with NCL, you can buy Norwegian Next Cruise $250 certificate on ebay for around $160.

This is a reposition cruise, so there is only 1 date available.

Oct 07 - 21, 2017
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Thank you Serra

If you look around 15 nights cruise SF > PANAMA CANAL > Miami, FL departing October 5, 2017 on Norwegian's Norwegian Sun $599
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I had my first NCL cruise this past April and that also ended up being the last.. Horrible..
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Just as a note, you cannot combine the cheapest fare of any category (called guarantee: IX, OX, BX, etc or NCL also calls them "sail away rate") with any promotions including the Free at Sea promos.

This typically means you'll pay at a minimum $100+ to obtain a non-guarantee/non-sailaway fare - That combined with the inflated price (~$79/day/pp) of their "free" beverage package (so that they can charge an 18% bev. svc. chg. i.e. bartender gratuity).

For instance on this cruise:
IX Cabin (inside guarantee) 2x$579 fare, + 722.96 gov't taxes, fees, port expenses = sub-total: 1930.96 + $391.72(+14 days x $13.99/day/pp gratuity x 2ppl = $391.72) - Grand total of 2322.68

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IF Cabin (lowest price that qualifies for "Free at sea" bev. pkg.) 2x$699 fare +722.96 gov't taxes, fees, port expenses + $398.16 (18% bev. svc. chg) = sub-total: $2569.12 + $391.72(+14 days x $13.99/day/pp gratuity x 2ppl = $391.72) - Grand total of 2960.84

2960.84-2322.68 = $638.16 for the "free" bev. package /12.5 days (1st day you board at 5pm, last day you disembark at 8A and they don't serve drinks anyway) = 51.05/day . / 2ppl . = $25.53 /day/pp

Definitely might be worth it if you drink quite a bit (at least 3-4 drinks per day, every day... even on port days). But since norwegian started excluding guarantee cabins from the Free at Sea promos (actually all promos!) middle of last year you really have to crunch the numbers for the fare difference between the IX, OX, or BX cabin and the more expensive cabin in the same category.

We cruised a transatlantic 14-day NCL cruise (the Spirit) Spring 2016 and we had a really good experience. Great food, good entertainment for the most part, really great staff!
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Are the low fares due to the amount of hurricanes going on or are panama canal cruises generally this cheap semi-last minute?
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is it standard when u go on these cruises the city you embark and disembark can be different locations? so you have to budget in the cost of flying back home?
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It is not standard, but it does depend on the cruise you pick. This happens to be a "repositioning cruise," which will always embark and disembark at different locations due to the cruise line wanting to move the ship to a different location for the season.
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Only thing that sucks here is that they dont return you to your origin.
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Are the low fares due to the amount of hurricanes going on or are panama canal cruises generally this cheap semi-last minute?
This cheaper because it is a repositioning cruise since they need to move the ship. You'll have to fly back from New Orleans to LA or If you live in NO, fly to LA and sail home
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Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas - is this a suicide tour?
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I had my first NCL cruise this past April and that also ended up being the last.. Horrible..
I had my one and only a number of years ago and sorry to hear it hasn't improved. Since then I have taken at least 20 on other lines, but have stayed away from NCL.
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