Great cruise: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by davidl
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Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
One of the most difficult decisions you will need to make especially if you plan to visit places on your own is whether to maximize you time in port, More or have a workout and more leisurely breakfast. They allow you to disembark as soon as the ship is cleared (unlike lines which allow shore excursion passengers to go first).
We took only one shore excursion (Mt Vesuvius/Pompeii) as we figured out the public transport might be more difficult. Visited the other places on our own, manageable but a little rushed. Civitavecchia (for Rome) is very easy, and the train ticket includes all metro rides in Rome. Livorno (for Florence/Pisa) is far more complicated involving 2 bus rides and train. Bring plenty of coins for Villefrance to avoid waiting in ticket line as the ticket machines only take coins or credit cards (with PIN).
There are lots to do on the ship; bingo, jewelry presentations, dances, games. Pool area, as said by many, tends to be crowded but there is quiet area one and two decks up. It is worthwhile paying USD75 for the spa pass for the whole week, very relaxing especially after a long day in port, and no kids running around!
Some gripes - photos are very expensive and you don't really need to have a photo taken with a staff in costume every time you leave the ship! Internet usage is quite expensive too.
Disembarkation was very smooth, just walk off any time you like before 9.30am if you take your own luggage.
All the shows are very good and thoroughly professional, the magician was world class.
I would definitely recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a good holiday! Less
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