Good points and some not so good: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by wgb7428
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Good points and some not so good
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
I will give the crew and staff credit they did do a great job of making the cruise enjoyable. I was surprised, the shows were some of the better ones I've seen over the past four times I've cruised. Was worried because it seems that every cruise line has done some version of World Beat over the past two years. It was pretty good. Cabin was a little on the small side. I did like the glass shower, was nice not getting mugged by the shower curtain for a change
Food was the poor spot of the cruise. Grand Pacific lunch - Cesar Salad was swimming in dressing, could have dressed another salad with what was left in the bottom of the plate. Sail away BBQ on deck 12 chicken was blood raw. French Onion Soup you were lucky to get five slices of onion and three strands of cheese, didn't taste good. Caprese Salad in La Cucina, tomato wasn't full ripe still hard. Had the salmon in a number of different restaurants and it tasted fishy/old. Cagney's Steak House and Teppenyaki had by far the best food.
Other on board entertainment was very good. Really enjoyed Cynthia MacLeod and Soundbytes.
Another area that didn't make much sense was getting on and off in port. They would have four to six stations checking key cards but only one gangway on/off and only two x-ray stations for getting back on. Always seemed to be a bottleneck. Less
Deck plan/layout was very easy to navigate. Didn't like the fact to get to Blue Lagoon and Modemo on deck 8 you had to go through cabin hallways unless you were already in the Atrium on deck 7.Cabin was on the small size. Closet space was good but when using beds as a queen it was hard to get around dresser to get into bed. This is the first time I've ever had a problem with the twin beds splitting apart when used as a queen. Nice size shower for cruise ship. Sliding glass shower door was a plus not having to get mugged by clingy shower curtain.
Port and Shore Excursions
Historic Boston & Cambridge Walking Tour
Could have made this an all day tour. More photo stops would have been great. Drove by Cheers, Boston Massacre site, Fenway Park, Boston Tea Party site. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting.
Peggy's Cove was nice, tour guide lost her creditability when she tried to pass off waves over the rocks as whales.
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