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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 ...
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Emnt99
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
the Norovirus outbreak came from a few nuts who used their water bottles to dip in the Fountain of Youth (unsanitized water fountain) in Ponce, drank pigeon tainted water, and got norovirus. It spreads when YOU don't wash your hands. and ... Read more
GRAHAM20
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
32 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I was a solo cruiser, this was my first time on the Gem. Had been on the Jewel and it was basically the same ship. Nice room had a obstructed view it was a little weird two oval windows, but no big deal. I took the ten day cruise ... Read more
cfowle2
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My husband, 2 daughters and I recently returned home from a 10 day cruise on the Norwegian Gem. The cruise left New York on March 12. Good stuff first: Embarkation- The embarkation process went fine. It was organized and the ... Read more
Hersheymom
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
Recently returned from another cruise on the Gem. We stayed on the 14th floor where we had access to The Haven. The Haven is wonderful, however we had a few rooms occupied by children under 12 and they took over the pool and Jacuzzi area ... Read more
harold369
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
147 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed March 2016
This was my 30th cruise-17th with NCL and 4th on the GEM. We are in H3- HAVEN suites and on embarkation we are escourted early onto the ship. As suite guests, we will go to Cagney for lunch. Our escourt lost us getting onto ... Read more

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majoranna
Member Since 2016
1 review
55 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Two things marred this cruise for us - Neither of which were NCL's fault. The fact we caught a cold/flu virus - outward plane journey Heathrow to New York - that manifested itself on day 8 of the cruise, and the Norovirus that reared it's ... Read more
wildbill426
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
9 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
My second cruise with NCL. The first was on the Epic so the boat was a slight letdown, but it was very nice. Some areas, like the Grand Pacific dining room, were exceptional. I liked the layout of the boat. In short, the food/dining ... Read more
Mcgeebee
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Recently out of the dry dock, the Gem is in near perfect condition save for traces of body rust poking through the murals on deck 7. The 10 day cruise is a bit long with 3 days at sea southward and 2 northward. The dining and beverage ... Read more
sharon ivan
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
First time on Norwegian Gem. Great food at buffets and main dining rooms. Enjoyed the Salmon, Mahi Mahi and other fish and seafood. You have to pay extra for Lobster. They have a wide variety of desserts and great appetizers, Good ... Read more
Theo Cay
Member Since 2005
3 reviews
3 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2016
This was our 4th trip on the Gem with the same itinerary. From New Yoik, it's just so convenient. We had an outside room with a window, which was nice. We've had many balcony rooms in the past and find we just don't use them enough to ... Read more

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Cruzinforpeace***
Member Since 2013
6 reviews
341 forum posts
6 helpful votes
We've cruised this ship and itinerary before and it was pretty much the same except for the cabin. We upgraded at the last minute (with a very good rate) to an aft facing penthouse suite. The cabin number was 8132. Remember that number ... Read more
navybankerteacher
Member Since 2005
4 reviews
8,829 forum posts
10 helpful votes
We live near New York and naturally would prefer to sail from there. Even in winter it is so much better than having to fly to a port; so, in spite of previous somewhat disappointing NCL experiences, we chose Gem. The itinerary and weather ... Read more
Breadman7
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I have cruised 17 times after this cruise. It appears as if Norwegian has lost some of its luster with us. Prior to sailing we purchased a three restaurant dinning package. We ate the first night at the steak house. The steak ... Read more
dack
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We embarked in New York the embarkation was a bit confusing but still it was fine. Our luggage arrived a little late around 8 pm and we boarded around noon. The room was ready and we had packed our necessities in our carry on little bag, ... Read more
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Hogwarts fan
Member Since 2015
1 review
51 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Really enjoyed our trip on the Gem. Had connecting balcony cabins for 4 of us - lots of space and storage. The kids steward, Felix, was fabulous. Always chatty, left great towel animals every day and sometimes chocolates too. Our steward ... Read more

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Pinches
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
On arrival at the port no information was given to us regarding where to leave our luggage, therefore we ended up taking it on board with us. At the check in desk our friends, who we will travelling with, were whisked away to the VIP ... Read more
united1889
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
41 forum posts
4 helpful votes
This was our 2nd NCL cruise and it was great. Embarkation was a breeze, there was plenty of parking at the pier for $300 with coupon (Breakaway left at the same time), but we used Valet Anywhere which was fantastic for $185. The boat was ... Read more
Cruise addicts !!!
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our 16th cruise on different ships and companies. Very impressed how this ship is well maintained. Beautiful and classy. Has been refurbished lately and everything seemed spotless, from carpets to chairs and tables. Staff is very ... Read more
lenquixote66
Member Since 2011
4 reviews
1,899 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We arrived at the Cruise Port at 10AM and boarded at noon .Our cabin was available by 1PM but we did not get our luggage till 6PM. Our Cabin Steward was the worst we ever had in the 40 years we have been cruising . The food in the ... Read more
rosanphs@gmail.com
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
This cruise was an amazing and over all relaxing experience for me and my family. I traveled with my husband and my children. The food was delicious.the Garden Cafe is complimentary breakfast styled dining. We dined at Garden cafe ... Read more

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Adamschiff
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We are a family of 3 and traveled during the recent school vacation on the Gem. All 3 of us (my son is 13) are experienced cruisers having sailed multiple times on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Princess, Carnival and even once on Disney. ... Read more
kittyhuf
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
10 day cruise. Sailing days filled with presentations on all the "Gem" shopping you could do at ports, would have liked to hear about local artisans, restaurants and museums. Thank goodness I planned excursions at ports as the ... Read more
lonelysable
Member Since 2013
1 review
81 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Just got back from being on the Norwegian Gem. First I want to start off by saying it is a nice ship just the layout is terrible. We were in an accecible room on the 8th floor. Now you would think they would make it easy for someone with a ... Read more
PennyPitstop
Member Since 2008
1 review
110 forum posts
21 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
Sailing to celebrate a Special Birthday for my Husband. We live in NJ so very easy to travel to the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. Embarkation was running a little late, ship got in late due to bad weather but once they started ... Read more
lilmar
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We live in Massachusetts so decided to take advantage of the ability for us to drive to the port (with the winter weather we didn't care to have issues with flights). It was a quick 3 hour trip. We traveled with two other families and ... Read more

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