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sbb1256's Port Reviews of Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay
Norwegian Gem cruise in May 2012
Member Name: sbb1256
Cruise Date: May 2012
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bahamas
Member Review: sbb1256's Norwegian Gem Review
Beach Break Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Five members of my party did the Blue Lagoon Island beach day. This is a lovely rustic island with lots of places for sun and shade or both! Plenty of chairs, free beach floats and toys, plus lots of other stuff to do in the water. Beach and water were clean and lovely. Food (included) was standard BBQ stuff - just ok. We had a sunny morning but then it rained all afternoon so we went back early to the ship. I would have loved to have stayed there all day!

Blue Lagoon Dolphin Swim Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
My 30-year-old daughter did the dolphin swim at Blue Lagoon island. She absolutely loved it! You should be aware that you have to spend about an hour in deep water with a lifejacket. Quite a workout for the legs! But totally worth it! We got to watch her for free and also enjoyed the dolphins. Wonderful animals. Trainers very friendly. If you can afford it, you should do this at least once in your life.

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Great Stirrup Cay
Port Rating: 2.0 out of 5+
This is Norwegian's biggest disappointment. They are doing LOTS of construction on this island. Right now it's really ugly with very little shade.

Chairs are stacked so tightly on the beach you can't even get into them! And no umbrellas or trees (thank God it was cloudy the day we were there!). We found concrete bits in the sand at the beach and there are no real walkways to the bathrooms or food pavilion. Think of a great expanse of white concrete/sand mix with a few ugly buildings on it. That's your paradise for the day.

There was a so-so assortment of things to eat at the buffet: fruit, salads, breads, hot dogs, burgers (awful!) and a couple desserts. The only free drinks were tap water, caffeinated coffee and ice tea (I think).

Until lunch was served there was only caffeinated coffee and water to drink,unless you wanted to purchase something at the bar.

Floats, umbrellas, snorkel stuff was available for a pretty dear fee.

Right after lunch, we took the tender back to the ship and had a lovely afternoon by the pool.

While construction is going on (for the next several years I'm thinking) I really think NCL should provide floats, umbrellas and a better assortment of free beverages FOR FREE - as compensation for having to put up with the ugliness and inconvenience right now.

Having said that, I think when they are done it will be quite a showplace - bridges, pathways, multiple beaches, lazy river - save up your pennies, it will probably cost a fortune to play there!

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