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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 shuffleboard ...
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1,452 Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

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Hawaiibuddy
Member Since 2012
1 review
15 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I choose this cruise because of the location of the home port, previously sailing on the Gem and the price fit our budget. In addition, it was going to the Bahamas which we had never been too. The embarkation and disembarkation were ... Read more
sharonlela
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
We traveled as a group of 4 and stayed in one interior cabin. The cabin was small, but we expected that. There were enough single beds for everyone and we were only in the room to sleep anyway. The cruise director and his staff were ... Read more
nascardan
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
10 helpful votes
NCL is not the cheapest but I believe has the best bang for your buck. First time taking my son on cruise and he enjoyed it very much and is looking forward to cruising again. This cruise include 50 free photos, $100 in arcade credit, ... Read more
ahodge
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Norwegian Cruise Line ruined my sons College Graduation vacation. They sent an email the night before we were to embark informing us of the private island stop being cancelled. Since we were traveling from Colorado we choose this ... Read more
Nancy marsh
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
the service and food on the Gem were much improved over our last cruise on it in Sept. After our trip last fall, we weren't looking forward so much, to this trip, but must say, we were pleasantly surprised. The reason we went on the same ... Read more

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67Cruiser
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
13 helpful votes
7 Day Cruise to Nassau Bahamas from NY aboard NCL GEM - Penthouse Suite 9502 I believe this was the third trip to the Bahamas out of NY for my Wife & I. It wasn't a planned trip either, very last minute decision in fact, which ... Read more
SISCULBRETH
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 forum posts
16 helpful votes
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
8 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
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
sarigab
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I received the cruise as a gift. I had been on the Gem once before and truly enjoyed it as the ship is smaller than the Breakaway and the rooms, food, and service are 100 times better. I would suggest anyone to take this smaller ship ... Read more
0002684179
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
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

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rossi3211
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 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
Bobby02882
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2016
The date and port of embarkation were convenient. And price was reasonable. Unless you're a tea-totaler, the all you can drink beverage package, though expensive is well worth it. Food was excellent. Not really necessary to dine in ... Read more
fourofakind
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 forum posts
21 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
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
John and Anne
Member Since 2015
8 reviews
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This cruise followed a great 6 day holiday in Niagara Falls and New York, so we had already set some high standards before boarding. We were surprised by the decor in our larger than average cabin and in public areas, as we had expected ... Read more

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vwoodburne
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
15 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
8 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
7 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
18 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
John and Anne
Member Since 2015
8 reviews
0 forum posts
12 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

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jo335wms
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
3 forum posts
9 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
12 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
5,966 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
9 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
jennsn
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 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

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