Good times in Western Med: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by MJ from PA
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Good times in Western Med
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
Embarking was very easy and fast. We had a balcony room and luckily had beautiful warm weather and calm seas for the entire More trip. I was fascinated by the navigation channel and loved trying to figure out what land mass we were seeing. We did a Norwegian excursion in every port, basically because we didn't know what to expect and didn't want to worry about finding our way around on our own. In Malta, we did the jeep safari, where we hopped onto the back of a jeep and rode around the island, stopping for pictures of the beautiful cliffs and blue sea. In Naples, we went to Pompeii, on a guided tour that I found very interesting.
In Rome, we took the Vatican and Rome tour, where most of the day was dedicated to the Vatican, lunch at a restaurant in Rome, then a short drive around Rome with a stop at the coliseum. Always wanted to see the Vatican and our tour guide, Giuseppi, did not disappoint - he knew every detail. At the port for Florence, we did the Pisa/Tuscany tour, which was and not as "educational" and more relaxing. Would have loved to have seen Florence - maybe next time. At Nice, we went to an ancient village fortress in the mountains overlooking the sea - another relaxing trip. I was amazed at how smoothly the excursions were handled by the ship's crew and the tour contractors. It's a no-brainer - they give you a ticket with a time and place to show up, put a sticker on you, send you to your bus and take care of you all day. There are so many choices for excursions, I could probably take the same exact cruise three or four times and never get bored. If I do that, I will probably choose tours that include more free time. In fact, I discovered that I loved cruising so much I could probably have stayed on the ship and been perfectly happy.
The crew was wonderful. I thought the food was wonderful - and if you don't like something you can always order something else. Debarking the ship was simple, we had a transfer but there's no need for one - taxis were lined up early at the port. Early May is probably a very good time to do this cruise - although the Vatican was crowded, it wasn't really that bad. Our ship seemed to be full of people our age, so there wasn't any noise at night to deal with. We were both very happy with the trip and plan to cruise again....maybe Alaska next time. Less
Cabin review: BA9064 Mid-Ship Balcony
Loved our cabin - we had great views of the ports as we pulled in each morning. Of course it's tiny - but we had everything we needed and for two people it was fine.Read All Mid-Ship Balcony (BA) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Seemed like a training cruise
Overall a great experience