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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Andrea57spins: Fabulous Vacation on the Gem!


Andrea57spins
2 Reviews
Member Since 2011
486 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Rates 5.0
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

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Fabulous Vacation on the Gem!

Sail Date: July 2012
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

Aside from the "Chair Hogs" on board, this was a fabulous vacation. I honestly have no complaints!

I am 55 and cruise with one of my adult daughters. Husband will not get on a ship......

Shows were great, we saw them all! The on-board activities were so much fun. We loved Gustav and Jessy, part of the entertainment staff. They were funny and kind and were everywhere helping everyone to have a great time.

We did not eat in any specialty restaurants. Food in the Grand Pacific, the more formal main dining room was good. We try to stay away from the buffet. They are very slow in the dining rooms, but you are supposed to be on vacation taking it easy. If you tell them you want to catch a show, watch how quickly and efficiently they serve you!

We attended the Murder Mystery luncheon. Very funny.

Stateroom was small but had tons of storage; more than enough for two people. Not sure how 3-4 people in the room would manage.

Ship was More spotless. Someone was always cleaning something. Our room was always made up twice a day. We only saw our room steward on the first day, but we always knew he was around.

In Port Canaveral we went to Universal Islands of Adventure. Could have used more time here. It is a little expensive for the 5-6 hours you get in the park, but my daughter and I really just wanted to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were extremely lucky and hit everything just right. Even with two other ships in port the day we were there, the longest we waited for anything was 50 minutes. We managed to see everything and even had time for a late "sit-down" lunch at the Three Broomsticks.

It was our secont time on Great Stirup Cay. We thoroughly enjoyed it again this time, even though it is hot and shade is limited on the island. They are expanding, and yes, they could use more lounge chairs, but we bring an old sheet with us just in case we cannot get said "chair" and plop down on that. We hang in the water where it is cool and re-apply, re-apply, re-apply the sunscreen.

DON'T FEED THE BIRDS. KEEP FOOD COVERED IF WALKING WITH IT.
THEY WILL ATTACK!

We had arranged the Wave Runner tour, but it was cancelled. They said it was because the tide was too low and it would be dangerous. I was told that my on-board account had already been credited (and it was).

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Cabin review: Norwegian Gem Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony Deck Nine 10130

Balcony 10130 is on the starboard side of the ship, aft. Quiet location with cabins above and below. Balcony and room small, but ample storage space for 2 people. Not sure how it would be with 3-4 in the room. Since it is in the back of the ship, it is quite a walk to get to some locations, but hey....what a way to burn extra calories.

Port and Shore Excursions


This was our second time here. We thoroughly enjoyed it again this time, even though it is hot and shade is limited on the island. They are expanding, and yes, they could use more lounge chairs, but we bring an old sheet with us just in case we cannot get said "chair" and plop down on that. We hang in the water where it is cool and re-apply, re-apply, re-apply the sunscreen. DON'T FEED THE BIRDS. KEEP FOOD COVERED IF WALKING WITH IT. THEY WILL ATTACK! We had arranged the Wave Runner tour, but it was cancelled. They said it was because the tide was too low and it would be dangerous. I was told that my on-board account had already been credited (and it was). Great Day! On Nassau we did the Segway tour. OMG! So much fun. It was hot, and yes, we had to wear stupid looking helmets, elbow and knee pads, but after the initial training session, it was soooo much fun that you forgot how silly you looked. A van picked us up at the ship and took us to a training area and after everyone was comfortable driving the Segway, off we went. We stopped a few places and the guides gave us a little history. At the end of the tour you had the choice of waiting for the van to take you back to the ship or to walk. We walked and stopped for lunch at Senor Frogs. Had a few drinks, listened to some music and ate cheesy bar food! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm What a fabulous afternoon. We were back at the ship in time for a quick dip in the pool and our 4:00 p.m. massage appointment. Overall, a fabulous vacation and we are already talking about doing NCL again next year depending on itinary.

Segway Tour

(5)
OMG! So much fun. It was hot, and yes, we had to wear stupid looking helmets, elbow and knee pads, but after the initial training session, it was soooo much fun that you forgot how silly you looked. A van picked us up at the ship and took us to a training area and after everyone was comfortable driving the Segway, off we went. We stopped a few places and the guides gave us a little history. At the end of the tour you had the choice of waiting for the van to take you back to the ship or to walk. We walked and stopped for lunch at Senor Frogs. Had a few drinks, listened to some music and ate cheesy bar food! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm What a fabulous afternoon. We were back at the ship in time for a quick dip in the pool and our 4:00 p.m. massage appointment.

Universal Studios / Islands of Adventure

(5)
Could have used more time here. It is a little expensive for the 5-6 hours you get in the park, but my daughter and I really just wanted to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We were extremely lucky and hit everything just right. Even with two other ships in port the day we were there, the longest we waited for anything was 50 minutes. We managed to see everything and even had time for a late "sit-down" lunch at the Three Broomsticks.

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