Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

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navymom77
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
We always cruise Norwegian. My only issue was the shore excursions. I didn't care for the Stirrup Cay shore excursion. People were leaving dirty plates everywhere and the birds were circling around pecking at plates left on tables. ... Read more
Petel809
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
I have been on several different ships, and for me the GEM is my favorite so far. Sailed on the GEM twice already and will be sailing on her again this September. I couldn't say anything bad about this ship, the service staff, ... Read more
MB12
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
Kids Camp - only open at certain times - check in and pick up were disorganized and took a while - evening hours started at exact same time as show (poor planning) - child enjoyed activities / on prior cruise much more flexibility ... Read more
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MKMNYC
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We will strongly consider Norwegian for our next cruise. Here's why... Flexible dining was great. Specialty dining options were excellent, especially Cagney's. O'Sheahan's Irish Pub was great -- open 24 hours! Leaving from our home ... Read more
Bitterman
Member Since 2015
1 review
116 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise as we have never cruised "north" and have never been to Canada. It is a good mix of ports with some beautiful sights to see. Embarkation: We got through security quickly and right online to check in. As ... Read more
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TygerKatt
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
We chose this cruise for it's itinerary (Canada/New England), and it's nearby embarkation port (no flight necessary). I was very impressed with the accommodations, amenities, staff, and general organization. Every process was simple, ... Read more
marcs1
Member Since 2010
1 review
93 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We are Platinum Plus members and so have multiple NCL cruises to compare this cruise to. It seems to us (a married couple) that both service and food has gone down in quality, The service we received in the main dining room was ... Read more
tshirt
Member Since 2008
1 review
17 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Having been on a number of cruise lines and ships - Silver Sea, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Princess - my wife and I and two other couples we travel with are a good judge of what does and does not make for a wonderful cruise ... Read more
golfingfool
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
487 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Background to review: Experienced cruiser who usually books a suite for the extra room and amenities. We always choose to eat in the Specialty Restaurants because my wife is gluten free. On this cruise, we booked a Penthouse Suite on ... Read more
FL-Cruzer
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
16 forum posts
1 helpful vote
My wife and I are Platinum Latitudes members. Most of our cruises have been with NCL. First time on the Gem, a very clean and well run ship. Boarding and disembark from NYC needs some attention. We enjoyed 5 nights in the specialty ... Read more
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mhamdag1
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
We love the included packages like unlimited adult beverages and so on. That is what initially made me try it plus good reviews. The Gem is smaller and the cruise was a lot more expensive than Caribbean ones but that is because it was ... Read more
mikemouser
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Let me start by saying the theater shows and second city were absolutely great. They were lively and the singers and dancers were fantastic, The was our second NCL cruise. We went on the Breakaway a couple years ago. We liked the food ... Read more
juliakeiz
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
This was my family's first time on Norwegian, we have done Disney and Carnival in the past. The destination really set the tone for the trip, Im convinced that if this ship was going to the Carribean, it would have been more fun. The crowd ... Read more
jday5521
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
I go with family every year on a NCL Cruise. The Gem is our favorite, we have grown close with the cruise line, but we were a little disappointed with the service time though. There were a number things that had changed, many of them ... Read more
Laura09
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed June 2017
We had a great time on the Norwegian Gem (June 17th-24th, 2017). We have only taken one other cruise before (last year on RCCL's Anthem of the Seas) so weren't sure if NCL would be able to top it. NCL certainly beat it in price although ... Read more
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smithr7
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
1st Family member got sick the night before, not able to make the trip, awaiting to see if insurance I took out will cover it. 2nd My room was over the theatre so I had to be subjected to rehearsals during the afternoon and 2 shows in the ... Read more
stellarsm
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed June 2017
Caught a great deal for last-minute getaway and couldn't pass it up. The ships magnificent features in relation to its name are something most people probably didn't pay attention to but I found particularly fascinating and appreciated. ... Read more
CPSS
Member Since 2015
1 review
We wanted a cruise out of NYC so we would not have to waste a couple of days with airport hassle. We recently were on Anthem of the Seas and found it too "modern" and too crowded. Last year we were on Oasis of the Seas and really ... Read more
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Deb0609
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed June 2017
I have cruised Carnival before and decided to give Norweigian a try. I liked the idea of "Free style" cruising and found that it was indeed the case on the Gem. The Gem left out of NYC which was extremely convenient for me. ... Read more
ADuffy330
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed June 2017
We were given this cruise as a Christmas gift. We've never cruised before or even thought about one, and when we were offered it, weren't sure, but agreed to go. A trip to Halifax, St. John's, Bar Harbor and Portland wasn't exactly on ... Read more
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bonniboo1
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
1,002 forum post
3 helpful votes
Went on this cruise last year but this year they added an extra day with Bar Harbor. The last 3 Gem cruises my bff + I had deck 10 forward Penthouse Suites. This time we economized and had a deck 10 balcony under the Garden Cafe. Great ... Read more
Brave1
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
We chose the NCL Gem due to the port itinerary. We did not have high expectations for the ship, so no real issues. The staff was friendly and helpful. The ship is seems a little dated and tired. Food and restaurant selections were not ... Read more
ETski
Member Since 2005
1 review
3,997 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Last minute cruise booked 3 day prior to leaving. Great price but only guarantee cabins left. Ended up with a Deck 8 inside. Great location close to elevators and stairs. We were a little worried at first because this cabin was under Bliss ... Read more
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lnj1107
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
The way in which people rave about NCL, I expected more..... We wanted to give NCL a try as friends had good experiences on other NCL cruises that left NYC. We had been to two of the three stops before so we opted for this getaway to ... Read more
ecab081
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
This was my first cruise experience and it turned out to be a great one. The staff, food, drinks, and activities on-board were really good. There is always something to do daily. Also if you didn't want to do anything there where quiet ... Read more
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