Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by melbloch: Norwegian Gem - A gem of a cruise ship
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Norwegian Gem - A gem of a cruise ship
Fatest check-in of any cruise we have been on. Security photo taken at check-in, boarded the ship within about 30 minutes.Staterooms were not yet ready, as advised, but could avail ourselves of the public rooms and lunch.
The cabin slightly smaller than others,found the toilet section to be very cramped,even though we are both thin. Service in the main dining room was slow, food not the high standard we expected, so only ate there once. Rest of our meals we took in the Garden Cafe buffet, which had the widest variety of salads, hot dishes and vegetarian food on any cruise line so far. Food quality here was superb - fresh and plentiful, and more than that tastefully set out.Later at night the outdoor grill was plentiful. Bath towels as usual were small so used pool towels instead. No complaints about the soap and shower dispensers, but thought at least for balcony category we would have been given hair conditioner and complementary toiletries.The only real complaint were the More frequent public announcements for art auctions, bingo etc etc. Nightly shows were the best and best variety that we have seen on board. Staff always friendly and helpful.Another complaint is that smoking is still allowed in cabins (some days we could not use our balcony because of smoke drifting, even though our cabin was right up front), the casino and on outer decks.
The ports of call, not a major factor for us, due short distance to our home country, were interesting. Twice we tendered, and the operation went smoothly and orderly.Bars and specialized restaurants are plentiful, with enough variety to suit everyones tastes. Shopping on board, like other lines, was interesting with the usual array of "specials" and sales.
Even the last day and, and the sadness of disembarkation is made easy, and was an enjoyable end to a wonderful cruise. Less
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Cabin review: Norwegian Gem Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony Deck Nine 9522
Plenty closet space, more than we needed. Cabin supplied with coffee maker and coffee etc, safe and enough hangers. Flat TV with access to ones onboard account, and a few, but enough news channels.Had no noise from the passage, but were annoyed at the public announcements, an unwelcome intrusion on our privacy.Bathhroom fine, shower cubicle very spacious, with sliding door a washing line for wet garments.Toilet cubicle very cramped, for someone relatively small like myself. Some days could not use balcony, nor even leave door open due smoke from others! Comfortable bed, with enough combinations of covers etc, plentiful pillows. An extra couchbed for maybe an extra person. The two chairs and extra table used up some valuable space. My wife found the bath towels on the small side.
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