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Los Angeles Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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"There were enough choices under $15 and if they ran out of a certain type of wine then they gave you the more expensive one without charge.Here are a few other observations: The Haven menus for breakfast and lunch do not change so toward the end of the cruise we tended to float around the ship to pick up food at the buffet or the grill on the pool deck area...."Read More
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Norwegian Gem - Cons outweigh the Pros

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kellianded
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

Overall the Gem is a nice ship but the poor quality of food and lack of interesting activities made for a rather ho hum three week cruise. My wife and I chose this cruise because the itinerary because the ship was scheduled to stop at many ports, most of which we had not yet visited. After boarding in L.A. and a quiet day at sea, our first stop was in Cabo and that was an exciting port - ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Inside


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Casey2828
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and the time of year. This was our first cruise in many years and our first on the NCL line. We originally booked a mini suite and put a bid on an upgrade about 30 days before the cruise. We won the bid and were excited to have been placed in the Deluxe Owner's Suite #15500. The service there was wonderful and we had a delightful time. The Butler, ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Deluxe Owner's Suite with Large Balcony


Good thanks to the crew.

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Bruges
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was our 3rd cruise with NCL, 15th in total. We choose this cruise for the itinerary. I must say, being European and living in a mediëval city our expectations are high. You can not surprise us with a 19th century church. So history/culture and nature are the things we want to see. (CC why no history/culture in "Which of the following apply to your review?") We booked a balcony on deck ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Balcony


Great Ship but food was just OK

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7155913X
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

After cruising in many ships worldwide, we decided to take our first cruise with NCL because the route with NCL Gem was fantastic; The Panama Canal! In general terms the cruise was fine. The ship is great with beautiful public areas, excellent facilities and good cabins, and above all, a very good crew and staff, In terms of recreation and activities they were very good. The shows were ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony


Great Itinerary, average ship-board experience

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allesca
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

The big attraction of this cruise was the itinerary: LA to New York taking in the Panama Canal and the ABC islands and lots of other places along the way, plus 19 days in the sun in mid-winter. I've cruised about a dozen times with several different cruise lines and on varying sizes of ships and although this was not a bad experience I'd put Norwegian at the bottom of my list and would only ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window


Great itinerary, great entertainment, marginal food

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moosegrin
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This was our first cruise with NCL and chose this cruise due to the 11 ports included in this daylight Panama Canal transit. The ports were all great and enjoyable. The spacing of sea days and ports was excellent. 3 days of ports, 1 sea day, 3 days of ports, 1 sea day, etc. Embarkation was smooth, with the normal delays. Disembarkation was a disaster, stood in line for more than 90 ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


over all this cruise was very wonderful

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nd53
2-5 Cruises • Age 2020s

the embarkment went smooth, and the cabins were ready very early. the workers did a great job, and kept the ship clean. one of my excursions got mixed up, but I received a complimentary bottle of wine and a fresh fruit bowl delivered to my cabin. my crew workers did a great job for me, very well done. NCL offered WIFI, but i had trouble log-on and log-off. almost like NCL coud ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window


Cruise of a Lifetime

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abcdkess
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

Our first experience on a "frestyle" cruise. Not a fan because it often meant long waits in the main dining rooms. Average age on this sailing was 65 and so most activities were focused on that age group, which we are not part of. Would have liked more variety. Seems like all there was is bingo and trivia. I also found it unprofessional for crew members to be eating at public dining ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony


Nightmare on Panama Canal Cruise

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NC1-Cruisers
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We sailed on the Norwegian Gem on the Panama Canal cruise from January 27 through February 15, 2019. The cruise was sold out. The formal dining facilities are very nice. The buffet ... well, not so much. Caution - if you choose the complimentary beverage package (provided it is available), you have to pay the 18% gratuity on the overly inflated "retail value" of the package. I believe the ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony


We had a great time

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trisandfred
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Overall very pleased. Lovely ship, not too huge. Really enjoyed the entertainment, both the shows and the musicians in the atrium and elsewhere. Brad Stevens, the pianist, was fantastic and we listened to him almost every night. Dining was very nice, although a few things were absent that had been normal on prior cruiises. No smoked salmon in the breakfast buffet (the salmon mousse was a joke), ...
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Sail Date: January 2019

Cabin Type: Balcony


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