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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by madelinecruiser: Welcome to the Faux Gem!

Norwegian Gem 3
madelinecruiser
Member Since 2010
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Member Rating

Cabin 4.0
Dining 4.0
Embarkation 5.0
Enrichment Activities Not Rated
Entertainment 2.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Rates Not Rated
Service 5.0
Shore Excursions 3.0
Value for Money 3.0

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Welcome to the Faux Gem!

Sail Date: January 2009
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

Well the statement "There is no free lunch" applies to the Norweigen Gem. True that cabin prices have come down but extra charges are abound! No more Champagne when you board. No chocolate on the pillow. No more movies in the room(charging 12.95 a film) even Cappuccino has a charge. The big Chocolate feist is barely mentioned and not elaborate at all. The Tex Mex restaurant has a 10.00 each surcharge and the signature dish consists of two small pieces of chicken&Beef(and this is for two) Simply amazing how hard it is to find a salt shaker and packets of salt are at a premium. A fellow passenger showed me their salami sandwich which consisted of a slice of salami cut into 4 and she was given 1/4 of a piece! Amazing! No more big cookies or sandwiches in the Casino in the evening. They have really cut down alot. Its truly a no frills cruise now. This is our 7th Norwegian Cruise.

We took the Gem last February also. Sadly the shows were exactly the same. Same improv (Second More City) I knew all the skits. Amazing for improv!!!!!!!!!The Chocolate Goddess of Love. Same show. And of course "The Juggler" who could miss that show???????Unless you were into Hypnotist and ventriloquist-NOT!!!!!!The production show were very well done.(3 shows with the same cast). I really think a cruise was a good value BUT the Norwegian Lines are really into nickel&diming the passengers and quite frankly I am tired of it. The best they are offering is leaving from New York in winter and free styling. Less


Published 02/05/10

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Cabin review: bal

Balcony is useless. Only room for chair. You cannot get any sun at all. very small. We also had wind gushing noises which had to be addressed. We had a wonderful balcony on Holland America where you could lay out and sun. Much better.

Port and Shore Excursions


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