Norwegian Has a Gem: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by tom1tom
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Norwegian Has a Gem
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
For this cruise, we avoided ship-sponsored shore excuursions. In Halifax we were able to snag a well-informed taxi driver who took us all over for a reasonable sum. In St. John, NB, we were able to walk to attractions. Ditto for lovely Bar Harbor. A relative met us in Boston for a private tour More of the area! Newport is very well organized for cruisers. We were soon on a bus to the mansions - and there are plenty of shops near the pier. We had to tender in to Bar Harbor and Newport, but the crew did a good job of it.
NYC is hardly a suitable place to sail from. It was so chaotic, I felt like an immigrant at Ellis Island. Compounding it was the fact that NCL put out no signs for the Gem nor told us which pier we were sailing from. We lost a piece of luggage on the pier returning. NCL called us promptly about it, but then things bogged down. Finally received it a week later. All's well that ends well - nice cruise! Less
Our cabin was mid-ships, deck five, outside with window. Fold-down third bed comfortable and accessible. Good storage space available for three occupants. Bathroom was best I've seen on a cruise ship - in three parts (toilet, vanity, shower) separated by sliding doors. Clean, attractive quarters.
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