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Best Lane
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
21 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
This is our fourth cruise with NCL, second on the Gem. We are not fans of "freestyle cruising" but this was one of the only options out of NY to a warm location over the holidays. Compared to a western Caribbean trip on the ... Read more
BostonGal35
Member Since 2012
10 reviews
230 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Our sailing was over New Year’s (December 29 – January 8). 10 day sail from NYC to Eastern Caribbean. This was our first time on the Gem, 10th sail with NCL (previously sailed Breakaway (2x), Star (2x), Getaway, Epic, Dawn, ... Read more
BrocktonCruiser
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
8 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My husband and I booked this cruise between Christmas and New Year in lieu of exchanging gifts. Both of us were tired from a hectic Fall at work. We live in the Boston area so cruising out of New York was convenient and we were able to ... Read more
scotty2hottie
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
The ship left from west side of Manhattan which meant almost no pre-cruise travel for us! Plus, the boat was big and packed with activities. First, if you can afford to travel in the Haven, it's worth it! In a lot of ways, you'll have a ... Read more
Zenkakuji
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to allow 10 family members the opportunity to take a group vacation together. We recognized that the post-Christmas/New Years time for a cruise means it would be packed, and it definitely was. Overall, the cruise ... Read more
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Pegggers
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
It was a nice compromise for my DH and I. He never wants to do anything for New Years Eve and I don't want to sit at home or host a party. This turned out to be a very good idea. We drove into Manhattan from NJ and parked on 43rd at ... Read more
Lbicruiser
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
Majority of game shows and entertainment takes place in the atrium with has limited seating and was very crowded. Standing room only. Many cruisers left due to noise, crowds and no seats available. I do not understand why majority of ... Read more
SassyGirl
Member Since 2004
5 reviews
63 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
My mom and I sailed on the Breakaway Christmas week 2016. By way of background, I have been on about 10 cruises and she has been on about 6. I have sailed on Norwegian (twice), Carnival (once), Celebrity (3 times), Holland (once) and RC ... Read more
TheyCallMeSharon
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This is my third time on the Norwegian Breakaway. My first trip was in 2013, I sailed again in 2014 and now for New Year's. Each trip I sailed for seven days. Here are a few things that really stuck out from my first trip to now: 1. ... Read more
CCCBAYVILLE
Member Since 2011
1 review
183 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Knowing this was 'family Holiday time" I expected children...I did not expect the lack of enforcing pool/hot tub rules where THE KIDS RULED...so gave up on pool time. The extra charges are getting outrageous. I called ahead, I spoke ... Read more
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aracarterjr
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
The staff on the GEM always professional, attentive, and hard working. This was a outstanding vacation. I was concerned about going on vacation alone; I met a 3 people who I spent the whole cruise with and the 3 of us are still ... Read more
Rdever
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Wanted to experience holiday on the gem, by leaving the cold behind us to warmth , visiting eastern carribean islands of interest. The staff and crew were very friendly , compassionate and went above and beyond. Entertainment, service, ... Read more
msonstein
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We have cruised before, but never on a Norwegian ship. We wanted cruise as a family vacation for Christmas this year. We selected Norwegian because it met the locations and timeline we wanted for our cruise. The cost was reasonable, and ... Read more
johnmcnally
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
No flights to deal with. A cab to the ship. Great crew perfect food. We had the vacation of a lifetime. The crew went way out their way to be helpful. We had so much fun. They made it so easy to get on and off. THat was a shocker. Spotless ... Read more
msjifyournasty
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Fun staff,Great food and resturant service, great way to spend Christmas. loads of Holiday spirit on the ship including a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. An Excellent way to spend Christmas with the family. Splash academy was ... Read more
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J_Rozen
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
We sailed out of New York and cruised from the 19th to the 29th of December and were at sea over Christmas. I do have to commend Norwegian on the holiday celebrations aboard as they had egg nog, cookies, a Santa and even gave out some ... Read more
maryam20
Member Since 2017
1 review
Ship is nice. Cabin was great. I had the oceanview... it was clean. moderate amount of storage, mini fridge, nice, comfy bed and bathroom was good too. I liked the buffet and Manhattan restaurant. I tried Savor and Taste and did not like ... Read more
Emelen
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Am an extremely experienced cruiser and this was my second time doing this particular cruise. Was not interested in ports. Sailed on this cruise to enjoy the good times and company of friends. 1-Check-in was the worst ever 2 to 3 hour ... Read more
debbie2262
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Worse cruise I have ever been on. Would never sail with Norwegian again. Started off waiting 2 1/2 hours in line to get my key card. The food was beyond disgusting, it was not even cafeteria level food. The complimentary restaurants ... Read more
ejoanmarie
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I wanted to get away over Christmas. This was the first time I have ever done something like this. There were too many sea days and not enough port days. I went to the Cruise Critic meeting on December 19 at La Cucina, hoping to connect ... Read more
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schildiams
Member Since 2010
1 review
55 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
NCL Platinum Member Breakaway 12/18/16 Review Embarkation: The prior week's disembarkation was delayed. Only one gangway was open for disembarking guests. The machines that read the key cards were only working intermittently. So, ... Read more
Gert1941
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We wanted to be on a cruise for Christmas and thought Norwegian would be fine as we had sailed with them before on the Norwegian Sun a few years ago to Alaska. We had booked a sea view stateroom, which was very nice, excellent bathroom, ... Read more
hiltra
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
The food was so bad on that cruise, I can barely describe how bad it was. They advertise that they have so many different complimentary restaurants, and that is true, but almost all of them all serve the exact same, very limited choice ... Read more
amygutman
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
37 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
TIP #1: Wear your CruiseCritic gear - I have a lanyard and fleece that the staff recognized and went out of their way to mention. Got me a few free drinks and certainly a lot of smiles. STATEROOMS Haven: We will never, never not ... Read more
dbrhee
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
I decided this cruise because it fit our schedule (my wife and I) to get away with my wife and enjoy the warm weathers (for a bit). To disconnect from the busy world we live and get some alone time. To contextualize our trip: 1) We ... Read more
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