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ecab081
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
This was my first cruise experience and it turned out to be a great one. The staff, food, drinks, and activities on-board were really good. There is always something to do daily. Also if you didn't want to do anything there where quiet ... Read more
lzorat
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
First time on the Norwegian line and everything was great. Food and crew good service and took care of me as a single solo traveler. First time with the special dining in different restaurants was excellent. Lots of entertainment for ... Read more
reyval
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Chose this cruise due to the fact that I didn't have to fly. Embarkation was a nightmare. I arrived at noon and it took one hour to get on the ship. This was the longest amount of time I've waited to board a ship and I have done numerous ... Read more
Mike D.
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
16 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We flew cross country from San Jose, CA to NYC mostly for the experience of sailing from New York. I had not been to Grand Stirrup Cay or Port Canaveral and had more exploring to do in Nassau. Prices in New York, this time of year, have ... Read more
MalervyC
Member Since 2004
7 reviews
340 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Hi All! We were on the Gem the week before Memorial Day. The following is my review of the Gem and our experience: Travel from PA to NY with no issues; parking coupon still works and saved us $70 - whoo hoo!! Check in was a breeze ... Read more
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Mike A
Member Since 2000
1 review
379 forum posts
3 helpful votes
My wife and I along with 2 couples had a great time on the May 20th – 27th sailing of the Norwegian Gem. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at terminal at 10:45 after parking car on roof (yes the 25% coupon still works). We ... Read more
Cinderellie
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
702 forum posts
1 helpful vote
OVERVIEW We chose this cruise because we live in NJ and PA and were bringing our entire blended family of 20-somethings for their first cruise to avoid airfare, sailing out of New York. (6 of 8 were first timers.) We are usually ... Read more
AWC75
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
My girlfriend did for the following reasons; ease of entry being in NYC, Length of cruise and destinations, introduce me to cruising, reviews of the Gem. Trip was great, weather was okay overall, staff was great, restaurants; Italian, ... Read more
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Smiler70
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itenarary. Neither my friend nor I had visited New York before so we had 2 nights there pre cruise. Having been on the Spirit round the Mediterranean last year our expectations were high. The Gem was a ... Read more
USAussie
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
Chose this cruise as it departed out of NYC so no flying was needed. Hell's Kitchen had a street food fair on as we made our way to the Cruise Terminal from Penn Station which made for an interesting walk. Pretty much everything was ... Read more
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JCWJR271
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First time on Norwegian after so many friends had suggested we try it, Not again. Ship is nice. Balcony rooms seem small as well as the bathroom in the room being divided made it feel small like a closet. My room was clean but at ... Read more
Bobrunner
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
82 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
First the NCL Gem is the perfect size ship for a beginner or a seasoned cruiser. At all times we felt that the cruise ship staff where always there to attend to any needs we had and where proactive to making sure we where having a good ... Read more
Busmonkey
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
My wife and I sailed on the Gem for the first time ever. My Overall, the experience was great. We explore all 3 stops along the way, with the Great Stirrup Cay, being the best stop. The embarkation process was smooth, as well as the ... Read more
Al Monroe
Member Since 2017
1 review
11 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We have cruised with NCL for the past six years with a total of 15 cruises. Every ship we have been on has had its ups and downs. The Gem was the first ship we sailed on and we have seen changes on it over the years. The food was just ... Read more
Kate56
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We found this cruise to be just right for us. There were only 3 ports of cal which meant that we spent the maximum amount of time on the ship which is why we took a "cruise". The service was excellent with a crew member ... Read more
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**MIDDLESISTER53
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We love freestyle cruising on NCL and really like the Jewel Class ships. Cruised on the Breakaway last year, not the ship for us, too big. Won't sail on the larger, newer ships. We love the GEM and the outdoor buffet area, don't have ... Read more
Portcall
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
A Family Honeymoon that fulfilled every expectation. Embarkation was long but expected with such a tight turnaround for the Gem. She is an impressive ship upon first sight for rookies and the hustle and bustle of the crew loading up and ... Read more
mtngoff04
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
We chose the Gem because it was based out of NY. We were on the Breakaway last year and decided to try something a bit smaller We had a 2 bedroom suite. A bit dated but loved the room for the two of us to spread out. The itinerary ... Read more
Traveller DB
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Wanted to get away from the wet NYC weather and hence the week long cruise to Bahamas. Smallish ship (2300 guests) compared to other modern ships (4000+ guests). We had a mini suite with balcony on the 11th floor. Great housekeeping, ... Read more
wearecrusing1
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
I got this trip as my 50th birthday present from my husband. It was the first long trip without the kids in 10 years. He booked it through Costco and we got a lot of nice additions to the package like upgraded meals and beverage ... Read more
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howienyny
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
We chose Norwegian because it was only one of two cruise lines that leave from Manhattan. We wanted a quick seven day get away and wanted to leave from Manhattan where we live. Problems started on day one before we even got under way ... Read more
mking8288
Member Since 2009
1 review
5,928 forum posts
6 helpful votes
DW and I, as Latitude NCL cruisers with Platinum status as young seniors - last sailed the Gem in Nov. 2012 right after Sandy left its footprint around NYC and been on NCL's mega-ships, especially Breakaway and we've concluded the ... Read more
RubyT.
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
We love NCL and this cruise did not disappoint. Embarkation is never fun but we love the advantage of being at the gold level. The embarkation staff were great. We do walk off disembarkation and our only suggestion there is that we ... Read more
Frack8128
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed April 2017
First time cruising, had an amazing week. The food was delicious (especially Le Bistro and Cagneys). The drinks were great (especially mudslides) and the bartenders at the Pub and Whiskey Bar are the best. We already planning for another ... Read more
in.shalyt@gmail.com
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2017
Mini suite 11042 and 11034: I liked a curtain separating the cabin in our mini suite. I loved that there was no upper bed and everyone (4) slept comfortably. The balcony roof is full of pipes, and also comes out because the pool ... Read more
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