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norm258
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
Sailed February 2017
I chose this cruise for its departure port and destinations. It didn't disappoint. Not an old crowd like I've seen on other cruises. Cruise Director staff offered lots to do and if you were bored then you missed out. Dining room food ... Read more
Br. Donald
Member Since 2017
1 review
20 helpful votes
Booked this cruise in late December as a last minute winter getaway. With gratuities, port charges and the Ultimate Beverage Package we spent $1900.00 for two people. We had never sailed Norwegian before (Celebrity, RCL, Holland America) ... Read more
Richpontone
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
851 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Been on 10 Norwegian cruises but this was one of the best. Food was good but if you want high end cuisine, remember this is a budget and not a luxury cruise line. Service and food at La Cucina and Le Bistro restaurants were ecellent. Also ... Read more
LCFtravels
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This was our first cruise. We are accustomed to high end all inclusive vacations. This cruise we found catered to large families and party type travelers. The dress restrictions were not upheld. The overall feel of the cruise was very ... Read more
wareick
Member Since 2015
1 review
6 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Whenever I cruise, it's hard to separate my opinion of the Ship itself from my enjoyment of the Cruise as a whole. When you're traveling with a large family (DW and me, 5 kids from 8 yrs - 18 yrs), there are many factors that influence ... Read more
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kellyjo72
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We made the most out of this cruise. My son had a ball just running around. He is 12 and will be 13 next month. They wouldn't let him bump up to the teen room (Royal Caribbean allowed him to) so he never did any of the kids programs. He ... Read more
vinnylemonice
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Norwegian has declined in quality and passenger service. I would not go back on this ship ever. Common amenities to which I have become accustomed on other lines are totally missing or available for an outrageous price on the ... Read more
Coach27
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
10 of us took this Cruise out of N.Y. No Flying involved. Also had 3 older people with us. Parking with a coupon was $ 300 a car. Check for coupons . Parked right at the ship. 9 am exactly. Use google GPS to get to the ship . Pretty ... Read more
PattiT
Member Since 2015
1 review
9 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
So sad when it all had to end. We enjoyed so much great food and delicious drinks! Sint Maarten was our favorite port. We are considering coming back for a weeks vacation there. Our cabin steward Edwin was fantastic, he kept my ice bucket ... Read more
smartcruiser60
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
36 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Having been on NCL on a number of occasions this trip was different in a number of ways. Watch the $7.95 charge for every room service request. This is the first time ever that I would have to pay for room service on any cruise line. ... Read more
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tffd01
Member Since 2006
6 reviews
7 forum posts
18 helpful votes
My wife and I just got back from a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Gem to the Eastern Caribbean. It was our 9th cruise and our 5th on Norwegian. We like the ‘Freestyle Dining’ that they have on Norwegian so we can eat ... Read more
kedso
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
This trip was for a special birthday and Valentine's Day celebration. Hubby and I, sons and other relatives made the trip also. What fun we had! Every part of the cruise that was controlled by NCL was wonderful. The rough sea days they ... Read more
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mikejan
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Overall it was a great cruise with the exception of the 2 storms we hit. The pool was closed for 2 days (again due to the weather). Overall the service was great. We were in a forward Suite and were treated wonderfully! We had a large ... Read more
4skeeter
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
59 forum posts
8 helpful votes
The Gem is a really nice sized ship! We still got lost occasionally, but overall you can find favorite spots to call your own without long searches. You see folks you've met and can make friends that way. The Sea days were rough at times, ... Read more
nyc511
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
58 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Took the 10 day cruise in the beginning of February. I've lost count on how many NCL trips, but probably my 7th Gem cruise, 6 of them this same voyage. Skipped it last year and did the Florida/Bahamas instead (mistake - but I digress!). ... Read more
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ocdtraveler
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My first time on the Gem. This is a very nice ship. Just the right size. The food in Le Bistro is worth the price of the cruise. The NCL dance team was outstanding. Amazing choreography. Excellent, excellent service all around...from ... Read more
raratonga
Member Since 2009
1 review
17 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We booked this cruise the beginning of January and selected a family outside cabin. This was our first cruise in 20 years that we did not have a balcony and I was not disappointed with the room especially since leaving from New York in ... Read more
Kathy DelGaudio
Member Since 2017
1 review
14 helpful votes
We were treated royally by the staff of the Gem from the time we embarked until we disembarked on our 10 day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. NCL clearly aims to please all guests and created a relaxed friendly, fun atmosphere. Through ... Read more
heartsasea27
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We love Norwegian! We even got married on the Jewel on 10/10/09. We enjoy the casual ease of this line. No rush,no worry! We like having many sea days while leaving from NYC. Even the colder days are just a pleasure. The show are the best ... Read more
fjcolmol
Member Since 2009
1 review
117 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Chose this cruise to get a break from our cold local weather. Check in was Quick and easy, as it was almost 4 PM. Had the steward separate the twin beds which opened up the middle of the cabin. First time in a non balcony room, but it ... Read more
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Travelwaves
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
I cannot recommend the Norwegian Gem! The ship is recently refurbished but HVAC brought on asthma/bronchitis. Maybe mold circulating? We expected an inclusive experience, instead we felt extra costs were at every turn. We had ... Read more
Auntieem919
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
My sister and I cruised on RCL the end of Nov. I wasn't the least bit impressed with their food, their customer service was outstanding. We sailed out of New York on the Gem for a ten night Western Caribbean cruise the end of January. ... Read more
BillysJean
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Wanted the New York departure to make it easy for my daughter-in-law to join me, but in the end, she cancelled out and a friend joined me on this trip. We both have family in the area so we could combine visits with our cruise. Arrived at ... Read more
babyshyshy1
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
We first got on ship and had dinner first night in Magenta dinning room. The food was not good. We got up and left they came over and wanted to know what was wrong. All food in buffet and dinning room were just blan no taste. May I say all ... Read more
berry_happy
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this cruise because it was convenient to leave and return to NY and it provided the number of days we were looking to "get away". The rooms are very very very small. The TV is the size of my computer monitor ... Read more
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