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BostonGal35
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
378 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Our sailing was over New Year’s (December 29 – January 8). 10 day sail from NYC to Eastern Caribbean. This was our first time on the Gem, 10th sail with NCL (previously sailed Breakaway (2x), Star (2x), Getaway, Epic, Dawn, ... Read more
CCCBAYVILLE
Member Since 2011
1 review
183 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Knowing this was 'family Holiday time" I expected children...I did not expect the lack of enforcing pool/hot tub rules where THE KIDS RULED...so gave up on pool time. The extra charges are getting outrageous. I called ahead, I spoke ... Read more
aracarterjr
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
The staff on the GEM always professional, attentive, and hard working. This was a outstanding vacation. I was concerned about going on vacation alone; I met a 3 people who I spent the whole cruise with and the 3 of us are still ... Read more
Rdever
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Wanted to experience holiday on the gem, by leaving the cold behind us to warmth , visiting eastern carribean islands of interest. The staff and crew were very friendly , compassionate and went above and beyond. Entertainment, service, ... Read more
msonstein
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised before, but never on a Norwegian ship. We wanted cruise as a family vacation for Christmas this year. We selected Norwegian because it met the locations and timeline we wanted for our cruise. The cost was reasonable, and ... Read more
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johnmcnally
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
No flights to deal with. A cab to the ship. Great crew perfect food. We had the vacation of a lifetime. The crew went way out their way to be helpful. We had so much fun. They made it so easy to get on and off. THat was a shocker. Spotless ... Read more
msjifyournasty
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Fun staff,Great food and resturant service, great way to spend Christmas. loads of Holiday spirit on the ship including a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. An Excellent way to spend Christmas with the family. Splash academy was ... Read more
J_Rozen
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
We sailed out of New York and cruised from the 19th to the 29th of December and were at sea over Christmas. I do have to commend Norwegian on the holiday celebrations aboard as they had egg nog, cookies, a Santa and even gave out some ... Read more
Ron from Smithtown
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Having just gotten off a 10 day Regal Princess Caribbean cruise on Nov. 6th, my wife & I had no intention of taking another, only a month later! That is, until we saw the almost unbelievably low price offered for this 8 day NCL ... Read more
westview1900
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
1,279 forum post
2 helpful votes
We needed to get to NY from Florida and I saw this 1 way cruise from San Juan to NY. We got a cheap flight to San Juan and we showed up during our scheduled time to board, There were very long lines in the hot sun. We eventually boarded ... Read more
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jojoshumate
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
54 forum posts
13 helpful votes
We just finished our repositioning cruise on the NCL Gem, which left out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and ended in New York City. We stopped in St. Kitts, St. Martin, St. Thomas and Tortola, then had 3 days at sea. We had a great time and I ... Read more
FREDNJ37
Member Since 2012
1 review
34 forum posts
Our cruise was on Sunday Dec, 11th to Monday Dec. 19th San Juan, PR to NYC. I flew to San Juan a day early as I do when I have to fly to take a cruise. Especially when the cruise is in the winter months. I do this in case the weather or ... Read more
sshs
Member Since 2011
6 reviews
116 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
It was a good cruise. The staff were noticeably friendlier than when we were on the Star last December. Almost everyone was smiling and seemed happy to be there. It made for a nice atmosphere. We just had a few concerns that kept it ... Read more
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Niffernay
Member Since 2015
1 review
64 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our second cruise with Norwegian and we will definitely be sailing with them again. We spent a day in Old San Juan the day before our cruise. It is a beautiful city with some very interesting architecture. If you enjoy birds, ... Read more
epegoblue
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
I had just cruised the previous month and per my usual routine when I return home, I immediately look for my next one! This was my 10th cruise with NCL and 16th overall. It's still amazing to me that every cruise is different and how ... Read more
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JulieAF
Member Since 2002
1 review
487 forum posts
3 helpful votes
This was my 3rd time on the Gem. I love the size of this ship. There are usually no lines or crowds like on the larger class ships. - The itinerary was really intriguing. Very port-heavy, we left out of San Juan at 9pm and hit 5 ... Read more
travelforadventure
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed November 2016
This was my 5th cruise, 3rd on NCL. We (family of 4 adults) loved this ship! Cabin was a bit small, but the balcony made it feel bigger. The gym was fairly large, lots of cardio equipment but not as many weights. The shows were great ... Read more
Ken and Audra
Member Since 2011
1 review
93 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We always fly in at LEAST one day early for any cruise and it has saved us from missing a South America cruise. Two of our four other cruise mates for this cruise learned this "rule" the hard way and missed a full day in San ... Read more
Hilarion
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
97 forum posts
Mandarin Spa Week Pass: First time I bought the weeklong pass and am glad I did. You will love it if you like to have an elegant calm space with just a few other passengers. The lounge chairs face the front of the ship have the best ... Read more
lrojeda
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was our first cruise, so I have really nothing to compare to. I can say however that it was exceptional value for money, and that we are planning on going on another cruise with NCL soon. We certainly hope it will be a better ... Read more
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kjames150
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My husband and I chose this cruise, because, we won it in a raffle on our previous cruise. We needed to do Thanksgiving week so that my husband would have enough time off. The Gem was beautiful! It was by far the best Norwegian ship I ... Read more
JMV_Traveler
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed November 2016
We chose this cruise as a spare of the moment thing and were not expecting anything since this is our first time cruising. We heard a lot about other cruises but we didn't know anyone who had gone in a Norwegian cruise before so we did not ... Read more
Flamingo15
Member Since 2016
3 reviews
1 forum post
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary offered, the smaller islands in the southern Caribbean and ports we'd never been to. We arrived in San Juan the day before the cruise and stayed at the Sheraton Old San Juan, ... Read more
Tucson Charlie
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
120 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
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