Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by russelltim: First Cruise on the GEM
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First Cruise on the GEM
We finally tried a cruise after years of All - Inclusive, or hotels around the world.
We had thought we might find being on a ship with a lot of people claustrophobic or constrained.
No worries!, there is so much going on all the time that there is never a dull moment and there are always quiet places to go if you are looking for solitude to read a book or have a nap outside.
The cabins are not large but you are really only there to sleep at night.
Embarkation was a little tedious as we were forced to stand in lines for about 3 hours before getting on board (apparently related to Hurricane Sandy).
The food in the main dining rooms was so good we didn't care about eating in the specialty restaurants.
The decor was quite classy in the main dining rooms and comfortable and interesting in the lounges.
We only prepaid one excursion because they seemed a little pricey. Instead we scoped out the locations when we got off the boat and got the best deal More on whatever we felt like doing.
The ships entertainment was very good, a 2 page newsletter everyday packed with way more than anyone could do but something for everyone.
Great music - Rock, Reggae, lounge. Good performances of acrobatics, comedy, musicals.
The guitar player in "Centerfold" was awesome, and so was Pablo and his solo show.
The Reggae band was authentic and the other lounge players were all good.
The staff were great, especially the waiters (Judy Ong), room stewards (Patrick).
The cruise director was Paul Scally - virtually everywhere all the time.
It would take me another 9 days to finish the things I wanted to try on the ship, like the rock climbing wall and the bowling alley.
We couldn't have had a better time - thanks NCL
Looking forward to our next cruise! Less
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