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Tucson Charlie
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
We did a BTB Nov 13-27. Ship: The Gem is a medium sized ship. We prefer this size rather than the Getaway class ships which are often filled with too many kids. Cabin:Our starboard mid ship balcony cabin was good size for us - I ... Read more
mistyw
Member Since 2001
2 reviews
115 forum posts
This was absolutely one of the best itineraries we've done in all of our 21 cruises! Puerto Rico, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Tortola. We arrived in Puerto Rico a day early and stayed at the S.J. Suites in Old San Juan. ... Read more
oshunreef
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
46 forum posts
Sailed four weeks ago
Flew into SJU the day before our cruise and stayed at the Marriott Stellaris & Casino in Condado and it was beautiful on the beach. Would stay again. It was just my husband and myself. We arrived at the port around 10:45am and ... Read more
texasreb
Member Since 2013
9 reviews
147 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
This was the first week of a “Back-To Back” cruise on the NCL Gem – November 6th then Nov 13, 2016. Our first cruise of this length. Did this as we would hit 11 ports during the cruise. Also in light of the high airfare ... Read more
Steve551
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
Sailed November 2016
My wife and I just returned from a two week “Back-To Back” cruise on the NCL Gem – November 6th – 20th, 2016. We have been on two week plus cruises prior to this one but never on a BTB. After this cruise, I doubt ... Read more
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Michal J. Cerny
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We have cruised with Royal, Princess and thought that we would try Norwegian because neither of the aforementioned had all of the islands to visit in one week (Barbados, St. Kitts, Martinique, St. Maarten, St. Thomas), as this particular ... Read more
snorkel272
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I wanted to visit the "St." islands in the Caribbean. I have never been there before. I enjoyed touring the different Islands and the swimming and beautiful beaches of course. The NCL Gem was a smaller ship than the NCL ship I ... Read more
Petals22
Member Since 2015
1 review
11 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Overall our cruise was just "ok", not the experience we were hoping for. Nothing major went wrong, just several small things were a hassle which added to my disatisfaction with the trip. We normally choose an inside cabin in ... Read more
Miatamike
Member Since 2013
1 review
10 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
Service was great, food was bland and choices were limited (unless you pay extra for the "good restaurants"). For me, it is more about the ports and this cruise had great ports. Asian restaurant was fair. Ive been on another ... Read more
woodsman
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
36 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The Gem is doing interesting ports of call out of San Juan. We chose the Grenada/St Lucia/Dominica/Antigua/BVI tour. Mid-sized ship with the expected amenities for its size. Staff was very very nice and accommodating. My only complaint ... Read more
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firstwardsister
Member Since 2015
1 review
33 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our second cruise on the Gem, the other being in Dec. 2011. The ship and crew were amazing. Lots of updates on the ship. We took the train from BWI to Penn Station and then a wild taxi ride through NYC to the Pier. Someone on ... Read more
Valter
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
78 forum posts
6 helpful votes
These cruise review I’ll do it differently, instead of going port by port I’ll do it by points. The Ship: Being in other NCL ships but never in the GEM, I can say I really liked the ship, small and friendly, easy to get ... Read more
Charity01
Member Since 2015
1 review
27 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
I really enjoy the "free style" cruising and choices of dining on Norwegian! Seeing the Colors of the Season was a big reason for choosing this destination. We have been on many Norwegian Cruises with a variety of Cabin choices ... Read more
billslowsky
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
79 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We were going to take a 6 night repositioning cruise with Celebrity, but for about $300 more, this cruise with a similar itinerary had two more nights and included extras including the beverage package which persuaded us to change plans. ... Read more
lcarolb
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
This cruise was all about relaxing for us. From the moment we arrived at JFK, our trip was as smooth as can be expected. Traveling with my two teen sons and not knowing if we could catch a taxi with all of our luggage, I arranged for a ... Read more
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JBABLPMC
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
45 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Like Norwegian's freestyle dress code and dinner anytime you want. Shows in the theater at night were great. Get Down Tonite (70's, 80's 90's music) was great. Food was good, hit and miss, sometimes a good meal, then other times not so ... Read more
RichardandMark
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
312 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Mother Nature played a big part in this cruise,,,,she let us know who was boss in Peggy's Cove and calmed down later when she was satisfied. We had a group of 6....we LOVED every moment of the Cruise,,,partly because we were together,,,and ... Read more
NorthernHiro
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
30 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This cruise was a fantastic value in terms of what we paid for cabin & gratuities. We took Amtrak from Buffalo to Penn Station, which was fun, relaxing and much less expensive than flying. We are 50 & 51 years old, fit, active, ... Read more
GailSPI
Member Since 2001
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
We chose this cruise because we love Norwegian and the freestyle dining and because we wanted to go to New England and Canada in the fall. Upon arrival at the port we were given Canadian customs forms to fill out as we moved along the ... Read more
FrenchieMomma
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our 30th anniversary trip and it was wonderful even if not perfect. We planned this trip with taking "zero excursions" and just enjoying the historic past of each port city - We were not disappointed. NYC is a ... Read more
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kitscruises
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Our travel agent suggested this cruise line/ship when I expressed interest in a "Fall Foliage Tour" to Canada from Manhattan. From the moment we arrived in the port, we were disappointed. Horrendously long wait-time and lines at ... Read more
singram
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
we spent three nights in New York before embarking on the norwegian Gem,everything went smooth at the port we were onboard within 30mins,as soon as we arrived ,we was shown where to have lunch while our cases were brought on.Our cabin was ... Read more
readingtricks
Member Since 2016
1 review
I love travelling with NCL, and am confident they will do their best to change any negative experience I may have while sailing. The officers on this ship are beyone excellent. They engage personally with passengers, go out of their way to ... Read more
Locksheath
Member Since 2013
1 review
15 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Would rate this as a 4+ Rather than just a 4 Will try to cover lots of points 1. Check in, luggage taken efficiently, in NY, in line for about 20 mins then quickly processed and on board, as we had drinks package was to be worth it ... Read more
alai64
Member Since 2014
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Gem. We love the intimacy of the smaller ships. I would like to preface this review with the fact that we were staying in The Haven so my review is primarily based on the staff and services we ... Read more
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