Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by kilbrider: First Time Cruisers May Become regulars
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First Time Cruisers May Become regulars
My wife and I decided to celebrate our silver anniversary by having a different type of holiday. Being campers, we weren't sure what to expect by changing our holiday type so drastically by taking a cruise, though as we love travelling, it seemed like a great way to visit lots of different places, albeit in a short time.
Having decided to cruise, we then had to select an itinerary, and a cruise line. Our actual anniversary being in July, this more or less put paid to the idea of cruising the Caribbean, known for being somewhat stormy at this time of year, so we were probably going to stay in Europe. Freestyle or more formal set times. Being campers, this was quite an easy decision to make, though my wife would have liked the opportunity to dress up a little more. In the end, the Norwegian Gem back-to-back Adriatic and Greek islands cruise was selected as it ticked all of the boxes.
Flying into Venice a day early gave us plenty of time to visit some of the sites More before boarding our ship in the afternoon.
Embarkation and disembarkation - Nice and smooth with no problems.
Cabin - Loved the mini-suite, plenty of space, balcony and a lovely bath and shower. Stewards were fine though didn't top up the milks or coffees as often as we would have liked.
Food - Buffet breakfast every morning in Garden Cafe was quite busy but a good selection of food, both healthy and not so healthy. We tried to vary our choices most mornings and were generally pleased with the selection available. Ate in the Magenta most evenings and were pleased with the quality and quantity of the food. Ate in Cagney's and Le Bistro once each and although the service was much better and more personal, didn't feel that they were worth the extra money. The steak however in Le Bistro was one of the nicest steaks I have eaten. The evening buffet selection was excellent and we also enjoyed the free 'tapas' at the bali hai grill in the evening.
Entertainment - Cruise director Gary was very talented, and I particularly liked his talk on the Venice departure. Shows in the Stardust were nothing to write home about, but seemed to get an enthusiastic response from most of the crowd. The house band, Norwegian Gem Showband did a good Big Band evening in the Spinnaker Lounge. Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Gem 11156
Good sized mini-suite on deck 11. A bit noisy at times when chairs were being arranged in the morning. This may have been due to the World Cup being shown late on TV most nights. Very handy for breakfast in the garden Cafe in the mornings. Comfortable looking sofa bed would have allowed two more sleep in the room with a reasonable level of comfor and space. Bathroom nice and spacious. Balcony chairs and table were OK. Occasional smell of smokers from neighbouring balcony.
Port and Shore Excursions
First visit we took the public bus to Oia. €1.30 each way and strolled around the beautiful unique town. Second visit we again took the public bus, this time down to the East coast resort of Kamari. Very touristy but a great choice of restaurants on the black-sanded seafront. On both occasions we found a small internet cafe near the bus staion and spoke to family at home.
Food and Training
Oceana was a dirty ship.
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