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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by twizz

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Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem
Member Name: twizz
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Cruise to Nowhere
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 3.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness Not Rated
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Embarkation 5.0
Service Not Rated
Value-for-Money Not Rated
Rates Not Rated
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Ship Facts: Norwegian Gem Review (by Cruise Critic!) | Norwegian Gem Deck Plans
1 night whirlwind cruise

We only needed 2 pts to get us to Platinum status so we decided to book a 1 night cruise in a suite. However, I had noticed that the cruise prices had decreased so I called to see if anything else could be done. And was it!!!!! - we ended up being upgraded to an Owner's Suite - 10004. It had: 4 phones, 3 tv's, 2 bathrooms, 2 balcony's, seating for 15+, etc...It was a shame that we only had it for 1 night.

Embarkation was a breeze - since we were staying in a suite, we were processed quickly, taken to the small room for refreshments and then taken upstairs to meet the concierge and then to lunch in Cagney's. We had sailed on the Gem in March and were familiar with Cagney's. The thought is good - allow suites to eat breakfast and lunch there. Well, every time we eat there, the service isn't good. We are ignored, when tables around us are being asked for their orders. We see coffee being served, but skipping us. And for breakfast, it was a joke. We weren't asked for bread orders, while the table next to us was. The fresh fruit and misc foods weren't where they were in April so I presumed that they weren't available on the 1 night cruise. It wasn't until we overheard another table pointing and talking about it, that we saw it. None of the wait staff had told us.

The show was good -we had seen the main dance show in March. I was surprised to see how empty the Stardust Theatre was. The comedian was excellent. We spent time at the casino and broke even.

Clientele for this cruise is certainly different than on the long cruises. This was the first cruise for many people and there were lots of VIP casino players, too. I think that many people took this cruise "just to escape" for 1 night. Where else in NYC can you get a room, all meals, gamble, and take in a show - all for a reasonable price? Many, many people were drinking, buying booze and cigarettes.

Being in a suite allows us for early debarkation, too, but when we went down to Deck 7 where others were getting off, there was no one in line and so we literally, just walked off the ship.

Would I do this again? Probably not - now we are at Platinum and we don't need to garner any points. It was a hectic day/evening for us since we drive 150 miles just to get down to NYC.


Publication Date: 11/24/13
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