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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 shuffleboard ...
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Mari2569
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
This is my fifth cruise, first with NCL. I was looking forward to an amazing, classy cruise. I was very disappointed to say the least. My mother who is almost 80 came along for the ride as well as my 7 year old and 15 year old and my ... Read more
BrianHickey
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
We cruised on the Gem last week (July 30th-Aug. 6th) and I must say it was nothing short of fantastic. Food, Staff, Casino, Room, Ports, Entertainment...all we're first class. Our cabin Steward in particular was great. I love the ... Read more
sunluva7
Member Since 2002
9 reviews
2,150 forum posts
16 helpful votes
This was an annual summer vacation for me my husband. Between the two of us, we've done over a dozen cruises, on Princess, Celebrity, Norwegian, Disney and Carnival, to Caribbean, Alaska and Europe. This year, we chose an easy, ... Read more
chisox021
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
54 forum posts
20 helpful votes
I hate to start out being negative, but I feel I have too..... The only awful thing about this cruise was the first night. We had a BX room, 9166 and about 3:00am on the first night, our neighbor's decided to come back to their room ... Read more
neiljcurran@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Only back from this cruise and it was FANTASTIC. I have previously travelled Norwegian before. If you like to do everything at the time you want, socialising with who you want and wearing what you want (within reason, Except for La Bistro, ... Read more

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Karl0321
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
8 helpful votes
This was our 3rd year in a row on the same boat with the same destinations (Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau). We chose the cruise primarily because we like the convenience of leaving and returning to NYC and we like the Gem. ... Read more
Gunner71
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Celebrated parents' 50th with group of 18. Overall, a very good experience. Arvell bartends at O'Sheehan's: the best!! Second City show is a must; great cast. Food is plentiful and constant; you WILL eat a lot. Unlimited beverage ... Read more
CTYankees74
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
Third time cruising, first with our children, last two on Royal Caribbean and Carnival. All in all, the service onboard was very good from dining, to the bars, and room steward. Like many reviews I read beforehand, definitely felt ... Read more
Bellapags
Member Since 2016
1 review
Food was great. If the buffet gets boring the inclusive restaurant menus change everyday. We really enjoyed the restaurants. Shows were ok. Aerial show on last night was the best. Not to be missed. Make friends with your Stewart as well. ... Read more
Cruise 072016
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
This is our third NCL cruise. We have sailed on the Dawn, Spirit and last week the Gem. This trip was a 7 day cruise to the Bahamas. Our travel group consisted of eight adults with some mobility issues. We hired a limo for easy ... Read more

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cruise500
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Just got off the NCL Gem two days ago and overall we had a wonderful time. We chose the two bedroom family suite (SC) because we have three small children and wanted to ensure that we had plenty of room. Our trip stopped at Port ... Read more
MoBlind
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed July 2016
Never again. Let me state I'm a very fluid go-with-the-flow kind of person, late 40s. I like to have a good time and my sense of entitlement begins and ends with what I pay for; no more, no less. That being said: 1. Room was dirty ... Read more
highseas1
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
4 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Norwegian Gem, 7 day NYC to Florida and Bahamas, July 9-16th. Family of 4, interior cabin. This is our third NCL cruise out of NYC. We came away with a positive impression from our last NCL cruise. Overall, this time we were very ... Read more
jencruisefan1975
Member Since 2011
1 review
6 helpful votes
I am a very experienced cruiser having been on at least 15 cruises over the past decade. My family and I went on the Epic last year and had a great experience and going on the Gem was the second cruise with NCL. We left from Manhattan ... Read more
Dennisdennis
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
I was not happy with all the extras we had to pay for. We had the total drink package and had to pay for water had to pay for painting 35 dollars!!! Had to pay for lobster and other food in the free dining room. I have never had to do ... Read more

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Shelean
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because it was out of New York and I wanted to experience the city first. I've been on a dozen of cruises and this was my first time with NCL. First the positives of this trip, it was out of New York and I liked the ... Read more
lecky
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
13 helpful votes
I had a bad experience on the Gem once before but was willing to give it another chance to be with my niece to celebrate her sweet sixteen.I should have listened to myself and stayed home. Embarkation and Disembarkation was very smooth. ... Read more
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mckenney@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This was my first time cruising. I will be honest and say I was never a fan at the thought but a family member organized a family trip so we thought it would be fun to join the extended family. I think there other Norwegian cruises that ... Read more
clint1000
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Traveling w 10 people..3 couples. Left out of New York Manhattan terminal Embarking and disembarking were a breeze. They kept running out of food at the outside buffet when we 1st got on. We had been traveling for over 4 hours ... Read more
Tjhsmhmom
Member Since 2007
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
Loved sailing out of NY. Had a large group of 53 family and friends. Agreed with previous reviews. Staff not overly friendly. Crew was not on same page. Received different answers to questions depending who you asked. Service in grand ... Read more

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bgthos
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
The purpose of the cruise was to celebrate several family marriage milestones - a 50th wedding anniversary and 15th wedding anniversary, to be specific. From the moment we booked and attempted to make dining reservations it was a ... Read more
mattiegi
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 helpful votes
I chose this cruise because I heard many great reviews about how polite the staff is, relaxing cruise (just what we needed), and it was at the exact time I was able to take a vacation. The first day I was so excited to get onto the boat ... Read more
mamameghan14
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We booked this cruise last August while on the Norwegian Pearl. We just booked a basic inside cabin to allow us to reach platinum level for our next cruise, which promises to be something more exciting. 5 days before sailing, we ... Read more
crzgrl66
Member Since 2008
2 reviews
297 forum posts
4 helpful votes
About us: We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and departure city. It was a great opportunity to travel with friends from the east coast and spend some time in NYC. We were a party of 6; 4 adults, 15 year old, 12 year old. ... Read more
Cruiser5580
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Internet connection for the length of cruise is a scam. It is slower than dial-up. Its down most of the time. It can be used only for emails and text via IP. NCL will not take any responsibility because they have contracted it to somebody ... Read more

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