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Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

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Drive a tank excursion! Oddest thing I've seen offered by a cruise company so I tried it! Here's the tank I drove.
New chandelier in bar city on Norwegian Gem. Installed in November 2022 dry dock.
Great Stirrup Cay's Lighthouse which is for show, it's a zipline attraction.
Gem's arrival into NYC on 1/2/2023
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1-10 of 2,523 Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

Flawless first cruise

Review for Norwegian Gem to Bahamas

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First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

This was our first cruise and we booked it sort of at the last minute because it was cheap and some friends were going. We were told it was a weird itinerary - NYC to Bermuda, just a half day in Bermuda, then on to Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay and a long day in Port Canaveral (7 am to 1 am). We were also told it would be cold in Bermuda and the seas would be rough in January. But everything turned ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

NCL GEM Bartenders need training!

Review for Norwegian Gem to Bermuda

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6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

I was on the NCL Breakaway in Oct 2023 with my family and had a great vacation to Canada! The GEM was a totally different experience. Bartenders need to be more attentive and friendlier. Some are rude particular the bartenders in the Outdoor bar on the rear of the ship and below O'sheehan's was hit and miss. They are not greeting and don't keep track of the order in which people arrive to the bar. ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Glistening Gem Despite Cutbacks

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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10+ Cruises • Age 40s

About the Reviewer: I’m a middle-aged American male who traveled solo this trip. This was my 31st Norwegian Cruise Line voyage and my 55th cruise overall. I have sailed primarily on NCL with a handful of cruises with Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, MSC and Carnival. This was my eighth cruise back after the pandemic restart and my fourth back with Norwegian Cruise Line. My previous cruise was on the ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Underwhelming, generic institutional food, and poor planning at ports.

Review for Norwegian Gem to Panama Canal & Central America

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6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

Embarkation: No problems in Manhattan, took the train to manhattan, and $20 for a cab to the port. One of the fastest initial embarkations i've ever had... I say initial, because at Port Canaveral, all passengers were required to disembark and sit in a waiting area for several hours with nothing to do, especially if you had a late morning excursion. With hours of mindless waiting (in a Royal ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

Beggars Cant be Choosers

Review for Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

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10+ Cruises • Age 40s

I will start this review with the caveat that we booked this cruise very late in the game and would not have booked the cabins we booked if others were available. CONCLUSION: We were 38 hours delayed leaving. This was not NCL fault but left 1/3rd of the ship disgruntled and you could feel that vibe throughout the trip. Having said this, after 11 days I understand why Royal Caribbean did not ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Owner's Suite with Large Balcony

Traveled with children

Norweigian Gem is TERIBBLE

Review for Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

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10+ Cruises • Age 60s

We took a 11 day christmas cruise from ny, because of weather we were stuck in ny for two days before departing. No fault of ncl. Captain wasn't making any announcements concerning departure leaving us all wondering ????? I purchased the unlimited wifi for 240 dollars ?? It was the worst wifi i have ever experienced. Ncl charges the most than any other cruise line & delivers the least !!! Shameful ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Balcony

Not NCL's finest weeks.

Review for Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise for the holidays as a family of 8 and for the itinary. Gem is a smaller ship and was ill equiped for a Xmas- NYE+ cruise. We never left the port of Manhattan for 2 days , one for "high waves" and the other because the NY Port Auth. said we couldn't. ( not sure that was true but I degress). The ship was cold in NY, The heat was not up to the task. It was bitter ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Family Inside

Traveled with children

Traveled with disabled person

Disappointing Transatlantic Crossing

Review for Norwegian Gem to Transatlantic

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10+ Cruises • Age 50s

I chose this cruise because the were only 4 consecutive sea days. As soon as I booked it the itinerary change to 5 sea days. 3 days into the cruise it was changed to 6 consecutive days at sea. I understand things like weather come into play. You accept that when you book. You also expect that when you add days the cruise line would have some sort of activities to make up for the lost ports. This ...
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Sail Date: December 2022

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony

Fantastic itinerary & great experience overall

Review for Norwegian Gem to Mediterranean

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2-5 Cruises • Age 40s

We chose this cruise for the itinerary and dates. The small cruise ship exceeded our expectations. It was not a full cruise, so we never waited in line for anything. The balcony room was a decent size with adequate storage for 2 people. The bathroom had a separate shower and toilet, which was nice. We used most of the facilities, including the gym. The dining facilities were always available. I ...
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Sail Date: November 2022

Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Balcony

Greek Isles Cruise on the Gem

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

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6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

Embarkation Port: Per NCL this cruise left out of Venice...or so we thought. NCL listed the embarkation port as Venice (Trieste). In every cruise I have ever taken, the embarkation port is in the city listed so we assumed Trieste was close to Venice. Trieste is 2 HOURS away from Venice by taxi or train. Since we thought the cruise left out of Venice, we had not booked our train to Venice in ...
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Sail Date: September 2022

Cabin Type: The Haven 2-Bedroom Family Villa with Balcony

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