First time on NCL: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Lazy Sea Days
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First time on NCL
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Dining that we tried:
Magenta: Good, not great.
Blue Lagoon: Good, never crowded, food comes out hot. Buffalo wings, chef salad, fish & chips and burgers were always good.
Pizza: Good, delivered so hot you have to wait a couple of minutes to eat it!
Cagney's: Very good, oysters were outstanding
Orchid: Very good, typical Chinese menu items, food was hot and delicious.
Le More Bistro: Ok, the escargot was very good as usual.
La Cucina: Ok, nothing fancy.
Maderno: Very good, try not to load up on the soup, salad bar and bread; you won't be able to eat all of the meat that follows.
We had an aft facing cabin which we loved, sometimes we missed seeing what was coming instead of where we were but it was nice to be able to see what was on both sides of the ship. There was no wind so even on chilly days you could still sit out on the balcony.
We played chess, went to the gym, bowled in the Bliss Lounge. Our favorite hang outs were pool side, The Spinnaker Lounge, and the Champagne Bar. We only went to one show in the theater and that was on the last night, it was very nice. Normally we'd see the shows more than that but found ourselves doing other things.
It was strange trying to get around a different ship but by day 3 we had it down. The Gem is beautiful, very well kept.
Went above and beyond, not one complaint. Less
Port and Shore Excursions
An overall great cruise
Great itinerary, so so food
Nice cruise on Queen Mary 2