This cruise was amazing. It was the first cruise of the 5 of us being together and we have already been on another one and booking the next! Cruising truly changes people. You see the world in such a clearer way and you stop and realize how amazing and beautiful and lucky you are to be in these places. The beauty will never leave you, There is no other feeling than being out on the open water and you look out and see nothing else.
We left out of NY- we drove there from Long Island it took us about 45 mins. We were at the port a about 10am and on the ship by 12pm- that fast! We were on the balcony of our room by 1pm and out to the buffet by 1:30!!
The food was spectacular- most nights we ate at the MDR's which are amazing and a couple at the Garden Café. One night we ate at Cagneys and is was the best steak any of us have ever had.
The first day was a little chilly but we were wearing jeans and a tshirt with flip flops so it was around 65 degrees out. We walked around exploring the beautiful ship and taking in the breathtaking views. The next sea day it was 80 degrees and we were out by the pool!! We love that there was 2 sea days before and after the ports so you had time to relax before and after.
We had 2 rooms- a balcony and an inside. They were beautiful and the beds were extremely comfortable. The shower was really big and it had a glass door, not a curtain. We got room service every morning to start off the day before heading down to the café.
Let me tell you- the shows on this ship are out of this world! Between the Broadway plays, and all of the other shows- they are amazing! Our favorite was the acrobatic group Dizzy and Jana they were excellent. We also absolutely loved Kenosis in the Observaton Lounge- they did a Whiney Houston and Tina Turner tribute it was spectacular. The lead singer sounded EXACTLY like them!!! If you closed your eyes you would think it was Whitney reincarnated- it was bonechilling that's how amazing it was.
The staff is the friendliest staff in the world they are amazing!- Sinan, the cruise director which I heard is now on the Breakaway was the funniest and nicest guy ever!! We loved him! He was everywhere on the ship and that is a quality only the best cruise directors have.
We had an amazing time. The Gem is truly beautiful and I hope you have the same experience we had. You will love it!! Once you get bit by the cruising bug- you never go back! You are always thinking about cruising!!