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stellarsm
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes
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
bonniboo1
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
1,011 forum post
4 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
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Brave1
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 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
4 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
texastennis
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
100 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The purpose of the cruise was to relax and rejuvenate, so this review does not include any information about entertainment, the casino, excursions, or anything related to children. This was a special mother/daughter/birthday cruise, and ... Read more
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Gershep
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
1,381 forum post
3 helpful votes
My husband and I along with our two sons, ages 27 and 22 cruised on the Gem, May 27 to June 3, 2017. We have done this itinerary to Florida and the Bahamas before. We are not thrilled with this itinerary but we love sailing on the Gem. ... Read more
lailing45
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
I recently sailed the Gem from New York to the Bahamas for 7 days. Price per person was actually great at only $499 per person, after tax and the mandatory gratuity total came out to roughly $1,600 for two people. This was my first cruise ... Read more
lzorat
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
First time on the Norwegian line and everything was great. Food and crew good service and took care of me as a single solo traveler. First time with the special dining in different restaurants was excellent. Lots of entertainment for ... Read more
reyval
Member Since 2014
1 review
42 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Chose this cruise due to the fact that I didn't have to fly. Embarkation was a nightmare. I arrived at noon and it took one hour to get on the ship. This was the longest amount of time I've waited to board a ship and I have done numerous ... Read more
Mike D.
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
27 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We flew cross country from San Jose, CA to NYC mostly for the experience of sailing from New York. I had not been to Grand Stirrup Cay or Port Canaveral and had more exploring to do in Nassau. Prices in New York, this time of year, have ... Read more
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MalervyC
Member Since 2004
7 reviews
343 forum posts
20 helpful votes
Hi All! We were on the Gem the week before Memorial Day. The following is my review of the Gem and our experience: Travel from PA to NY with no issues; parking coupon still works and saved us $70 - whoo hoo!! Check in was a breeze ... Read more
Mike A
Member Since 2000
1 review
380 forum posts
4 helpful votes
My wife and I along with 2 couples had a great time on the May 20th – 27th sailing of the Norwegian Gem. Embarkation was a breeze. We arrived at terminal at 10:45 after parking car on roof (yes the 25% coupon still works). We ... Read more
Cinderellie
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
702 forum posts
3 helpful votes
OVERVIEW We chose this cruise because we live in NJ and PA and were bringing our entire blended family of 20-somethings for their first cruise to avoid airfare, sailing out of New York. (6 of 8 were first timers.) We are usually ... Read more
AWC75
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2017
My girlfriend did for the following reasons; ease of entry being in NYC, Length of cruise and destinations, introduce me to cruising, reviews of the Gem. Trip was great, weather was okay overall, staff was great, restaurants; Italian, ... Read more
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Smiler70
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
Sailed May 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itenarary. Neither my friend nor I had visited New York before so we had 2 nights there pre cruise. Having been on the Spirit round the Mediterranean last year our expectations were high. The Gem was a ... Read more
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USAussie
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
Chose this cruise as it departed out of NYC so no flying was needed. Hell's Kitchen had a street food fair on as we made our way to the Cruise Terminal from Penn Station which made for an interesting walk. Pretty much everything was ... Read more
JCWJR271
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 forum posts
1 helpful vote
First time on Norwegian after so many friends had suggested we try it, Not again. Ship is nice. Balcony rooms seem small as well as the bathroom in the room being divided made it feel small like a closet. My room was clean but at ... Read more
Bobrunner
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
91 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
First the NCL Gem is the perfect size ship for a beginner or a seasoned cruiser. At all times we felt that the cruise ship staff where always there to attend to any needs we had and where proactive to making sure we where having a good ... Read more
Busmonkey
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
My wife and I sailed on the Gem for the first time ever. My Overall, the experience was great. We explore all 3 stops along the way, with the Great Stirrup Cay, being the best stop. The embarkation process was smooth, as well as the ... Read more
Al Monroe
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed May 2017
We have cruised with NCL for the past six years with a total of 15 cruises. Every ship we have been on has had its ups and downs. The Gem was the first ship we sailed on and we have seen changes on it over the years. The food was just ... Read more
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