Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by heavyoiler: Fall In Canada and New England
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Fall In Canada and New England
Another great cruise on Norwegian. No problem at all with embarkation. We checked in and walked onto the ship immediately. The rooms were ready well before the expected time of 2:00 PM. We were underway at the scheduled time of 4:00 PM and enjoyed a great view of New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Coney Island. On the first day which was at sea we attended a Cruise Critic Meet and Greet and met about 30 fellow passengers and the ship's officers. Norwegian supplied coffee and danish. Later in the cruise there were free cocktail parties for people who had sailed before on Norwegian and for people who had reached the silver level. There was live music at both affairs and we had a great time.
As the cruise was in October when school was in, there were very few children. Most of the passengers were older people. In fact at 61 I was probably well under the average age on board. One couple was celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary. Everyone seemed to be having a great More time though and most people were pretty active.
We enjoyed the casino and against the odds broke about even over the week. The slot machines seemed to pay fairly and the dealers were patient with those of us not familiar with the ins and outs of every game.
We went to most of the shows and found them entertaining. The comedian was great.
We liked Julie, the Cruise director, and Dan Dan, the assistant cruise director. Dan was great at the bingo games. Our favorite officer was Jenny, the Hotel Director. She had a sweet, sunny personality and seemed to be everywhere we went on the ship.
As for the ports, it was Canadian Thanksgiving when we got to Halifax so a lot of places were closed. We did visit their casino and I had the best ice cream I've ever tasted at a place called Cows, right on the waterfront. It rained when we got to Bar Harbor and the National Park was closed. We took a Down-East cooking class which wasn't bad then got a lobster lunch and got back on the ship. In Newport we toured the Vanderbilt mansions. In Boston we walked a little of the Freedom Trail, then ate lunch at Durgen Park in Fanueil Hall. I gained four pounds while eating very well on ship and on land.
When we got back to New York we just walked right off the ship with our bags, walking right up to the Customs Inspector and out the door of the pier. No waiting whatsoever.
All in all, a very nice, relaxing time. Less
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