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4.5 Editor's Rating
Editor's Note: As of January 2016, the Nickelodeon program will no longer be offered on Norwegian Gem. Norwegian takes a one-ship-fits-all approach to cruising with Gem, where rock climbing meets ...
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1,415 Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

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SISCULBRETH
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
This was our first cruise and it did not disappoint, it was AWESOME!!!!! Everything from the pleasant staff to the food. Alvin the cruise director kept the ship rockin!!!! The shows in the Stardust were like Broadway shows, great. The ... Read more
Dinsimba
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
The best shows! The food was great,and the entertainment was good! A lot to do on the ship. We were exhausted by the evening. Most of the crew were very friendly especially the men. They had a different buffet theme every night. The dining ... Read more
0002684179
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Ship- The ship was great- clean, shiny, attractive, colorful, and spacious. Bliss Lounge is beautiful, chic and sexy. Spinnaker Lounge has great views with its floor to ceiling windows. Magnums Champage and Wine Bar is cute and comfy. I ... Read more
rossi3211
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
To start, I traveled with my husband and two children ( 3 and 5 years old ) So this critic is mainly for those looking to cruise with small children. After reading reviews and Norwegian's website, the Gem appeared to be a family friendly ... Read more
fourofakind
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
So this was my 3rd Norwegian cruise and I was expecting to have a great vacation with the kids just like the prior two...but NOT! Norwegian has made some terrible changes and this will be my last cruise with them. To start with- the ... Read more

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kasius11
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
165 forum posts
6 helpful votes
I'm going to try and follow the review instructions since I think this is my first formal review. Background on me and the trip. Live and work in NY, NY and traveled with a niece for the 7 night Florida/Stirrup Cay/Nassau first of the ... Read more
vwoodburne
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
11 helpful votes
This was family vacation, 4 adults aged from 25 - 75, and we wanted to try a cruise with NCL as we have sailed with RCCL and Princess. We only had two negative items, the first being the transfer from the airport (la guardia)to the ... Read more
anotterchaos
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
7 helpful votes
We had an outstanding experience on our first cruise. Any negatives were the results of fellow cruisers, not Norwegian. Packs of teens & preteens should be supervised. Enough said. Reason for this particular cruise was traveling ... Read more
leeb331
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
502 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We left out of NYC which was good for us but the lines to check in where terrible. They combined Haven with CAS which meant quite a few people on the line It took over 30 minutes to check in and we were there at 10:30am. Finally on the ... Read more
O'Rileydough
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 forum posts
17 helpful votes
Great trip made even better by joining Cruise Critic's roll call and meeting great people at the beginning of a 10 day trip. We were fortunate enough to share our memories with new life long friends. We have been on many NCL cruises as ... Read more

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John and Anne
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We cruised from New York to the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Thomas, St Martin and Tortola) on the 11th April 2016 (10 days) Our first thoughts were that we might get caught up in the New York School Easter Holiday period and have too ... Read more
jo335wms
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
We had never been to New York so combined this cruise with a 4 night stay there. We visited Empire State Building, Times Square, Radio City, Roccafella Centre and Ground Zero.Although we have been to two of the Caribbean islands before St ... Read more
Longislandcruisersrus
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
The restaurant package was difficult to maneuver. I kept forgetting which days I was going to which restaurant and what time. I really feel that there should be a way to monitor it perhaps on the TV in your cabin. I even made a mistake ... Read more
mizLORInj
Member Since 2008
22 reviews
5,912 forum posts
17 helpful votes
We arrived just before noon to a very crowded port. Check-in was quick though and the boarding of suites began at 12:20, and general # calling at 12:30. Note that cabins were not ready till 2:30. There are various new spaces on the ... Read more
Alfthedog
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
My wife,12 yr old son and I travelled from the uk to New York to join the ncl gem around the carribean.after spending 2 nights in New York we embarked at the cruise terminal.although it was busy and the ship was full it seemed to go ... Read more

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jennsn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Recently enjoyed a 10 night cruise out of NYC to Eastern Caribbean. It was super easy to get to the ship from NJ. We decided to take a car service (round trip $220) instead of parking for the discounted port parking rate of $300. We ... Read more
jadedlady
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This is the second time that we've celebrated our anniversary aboard the Gem, sailing both before and after its recent renovation. I wasn't that thrilled. The new décor in the public spaces is rather subdued. The wild upholstered ... Read more
MotorcitymanDetroit
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
As the leader (financer) of a family of 7, we had four 5 star votes and three 4 star votes for the cruise. Obviously we all thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. Embarkation was delayed until 2:30 pm because of the well-documented issue on the ... Read more
skipperanne
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
142 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Norwegian Gem March 12-22,1016. The cruise was way over crowded. We were told that there were 3,000 passengers on the ship, and 1/3 of them were teens. If you look up the stats on the Gem it claims it's capacity is 2400. It ... Read more
kfarle
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Embarkation was slow (there was an outbreak on the prior sailing so we had to wait as the ship was sanitized) This could not be helped and we were glad that the crew were thorough. The outbreak is evidence of why it is SO IMPORTANT to let ... Read more

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TheBearAK
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
Terminal - Because of a illness on the previous cruise, the ship had to be “sanitized” before we could board. This is a good thing, however, their version of sanitize and mine are two different things evidently. Anyway, the ... Read more
vonseggern
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Our boarding was delayed for several hours because the previous cruise had exceeded the number of sick on board allowed by regulations. Staff disinfected and cleaned while we were crammed into the boarding area until it reached maximum ... Read more
donnalynn279
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
26 helpful votes
I read a lot of these reviews before my trip, and I was overwhelmed with negativity, so I wanted to post an honest review about my experience on the Gem. I'm not a super experienced cruiser, but I have been on Carnival and Royal Caribbean ... Read more
deacon16
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Been on over 80 cruises, 10 with NCL. Was the worse cruise of any we have taken. If this had been our first, we would never sail again! Second day at sea, the virus broke out, meaning the ship had not been properly cleaned. The follow-up ... Read more
ian-from-kent
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
On Saturday, 12th March, my wife and I set sail on our first (and probably last) cruise with Norweigan Cruise Line departing New York for the Caribbean. Regretably, this cruise in no way lived up to ‘the best cruise vacation ... Read more

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