Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Jst4fun137: Gem 9/27/13 Sailing
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Gem 9/27/13 Sailing
We had a great time on this cruise. Embarkation when very smooth. Remember there are hundreds of people arriving at the same time. You will have to wait. NCL did a great job. We were #9 boarding. The first night was very crowded in the dining room, but improved during the week as people got more comfortable with things. The first day was our only sea day and the buffet, etc were crowded but they opened additional seating in La Cucina and that helped.
Our first port was Halifax, we did an excursion through the ship. Peggy's Cove and the Titanic Cemetary. It was just the two of us so it was cheaper and easier to go through the ship. In canada they like to charge taxis by the hour so if you have a group that would work better for you.
In St. John's we did the jet boat ride at the reverse falls. I booked it through them directly and it was much cheaper with a 10 min taxi ride of 10.00. The ride was amazing, you do get wet. We ended up not using our change of clothes and More just took a taxi back to the ship wet.
In Bar Harbor, I booked Olie's Trolley on the internet so we didn't have to wait it line. Arcadia was closed, but the tour company did a great job in making changes to the itineary. I would recommend The Thirsty Whale for a great bowl of chowder and Lobster Roll at a great price. CJ's ice cream had great Blueberry Ice Cream.
In Boston, I also went on line ahead of time for the Hop on Hope off Orange and Green Old Town Trolley, you get an online discount. We did the free water cruise that came with the ticket. We opted to do that first to get it out of the way. Saw Paul Revere's house and went to Mike's Pastery. The only problem was once we were on the Trolley, we were afraid to get off at certain stops due to the large amount of people waiting to get on. We were afraid we wouldn't get back to the ship in time. All the drivers were very nice.
In Newport, I had gone on The Historical Society website and did the Elms Tour with the Servant Life tour. We did the Elms first and the Servant Life tour was at that house as well. It also included a lunch and we had a sandwich before heading to the Breakers. Its a good walk between the too. We did the Breakers but due to the time, we didnt do Marble House which was included in my price all for 49.00. We walked around where the ship tendered in, so if we hadn't done that we would have made it all. All in all we had a great time.
We stayed on the ship Saturday morning until 9:45 and just walked right off. There wasnt a very long line at Customs so we breezed right through. Walked right across the street for a taxi to LGA. We had been assigned a handicap stateroom (not sure why) so there was a little more space then normal Just had to get used to the handles and buttons. Our cabin steward was great. Ask for pool towels to take to the jet boat ride and he got them for us. All the staff and crew went out of their way in any way they could. Dan Dan the cruise director was funny. The production numbers were ok. The dancers were great, but they only had comedians on board so didnt do the shows every night. Have liked other NCL ship shows that had more different entertainment. Lounge acts werent as exciting as on other NCL ships. There were quite a few handicapped folks. Lots of walkers, chairs and just plain old slow people. A lot of the passengers were very rude, especially at the buffet. People acted like they've never eaten before and that they were never gonna be able to eat again. I would have to say that was the worst part of the whole trip was the passengers attitudes. Less
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Port and Shore Excursions
Arcadia was closed due to the shut down. They did a decent job of filling in, since they didnt have a lot of time or other things to choose from
Old Town Trolley Tour
You get a discount if you book online. They are right at the end of the cruise pier under a white tent. You can purchase tickets directly from them. Not a lot of trolleys running for the amount of people riding. Missed some things we wanted to see because we were afraid to get off for fear of not getting back in time. Stops at the front of the line were good. It was the stops further out like Fenway and Back Bay that were the problem
Tour guide was good. Sit on the side behind the driver to see all the stuff the driver talks about. Had gingerbread at shop at Peggy's Cove It was good Also went to Titanic Cemetary
crowded but interesting. All tours are self guided
3 homes, The Elms. Breakers and Marble House with the servant life tour and lunch for 49.00 The cliff walk you can do on your own
The Elms Mansion
was very interesting to see how these people lived
Awesome ride. Highly recommended. Very friendly staff