Norwegian Adventure: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by xmrgwx

Norwegian Gem 5
Member Since 2013
1 Forum Post

Overall Member Rating

Norwegian Adventure

Sail Date: December 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
First time cruiser here and I can't wait to do another. The first line of my review says it all. If not for the fact I was completely exhausted after nine days, I would have enjoyed just staying in the cabin and going around one more time.

Two days before departure I read numerous reviews and found myself more than a little concerned. The reviews for the food on the Norwegian Gem were less than flattering. I enjoy good food and was preparing myself for the worst. Luckily my fears were put to rest the first night at dinner. The lobster and redfish was great. As some other reviewers mentioned the portions were on the small side but there was no problem getting second or third entries. Never did I get the impression that it was too much trouble for any request during meals. In fact I never heard the word "no" during the cruise. Every request was met with a smile. The prime rib was also outstanding.

This is the experience I had with food throughout the cruise. To be fair More if I had to pick out a weak spot in the menu it would the soups. They were OK but were lacking flavors that would compel you to order them again.

I was really happy with the inside stateroom. It looked small at first but after a day I really didn't give it a second thought. Turned out it was plenty big enough for 2. In fact the shower was larger than my shower at home. I did find the toilet a little closer to the wall that normal but it was manageable. One added bonus of an inside room is you can not tell what time it is. Great for catching up on some much needed sleep in the morning. As others have mentioned everything on the ship was spotless. It was great to see such attention to cleanliness. Overall I really enjoyed cruising on the Gem. Cruise director Ken and assistant cruise director Liz made it fun. I found the shows very entertaining. Even when the seas got a little choppy the shows continued without a hitch. Hats off to all the performers. No cruise is going to be perfect. You just have to go with the flow. I wish there had been less smoke in the casino but on the bright side that probably save me a few bucks :-)

I am not really into writing reviews so this is just a small sample of what I experienced. The fact that I can't wait to do it again with Norwegian should say it all. The Gem is a fantastic ship with plenty to do everyday. Its hard to believe its five years old already, everything looks and shines like new.

Thanks Norwegian for making this vacation special.

Mike Less

Published 01/07/13

Cabin review: IC10013 Inside

Our stateroom on deck 10 forward was very quiet. Although the toilets are a little on the noisy side I never heard any noise from adjoining cabins. I liked the layout and lighting. There was ample storage in closets and under the bed. The bed was very comfortable. The hair dryer in the room was nice also, one less thing to pack. There was also a small mini refrigerator to keep things cold.

Read All Inside (IC) Reviews >>

Port and Shore Excursions

ATV Safari

This is the way to see the real country. We took the atv's to an isolated beach on the other side of the island. Our group was the only one there, what a blast.

Aside from the Forts and shopping in town I didn't see a whole lot to do there. I had never been here before so it was nice to wander around and see the town.
Read 2977 San Juan Reviews

Compare Prices on Norwegian Gem Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Read more Norwegian Gem cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Norwegian Gem Review >>

Compare Prices on Norwegian Gem Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2013
1 Forum Post
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Norwegian Gem deals up to 82% off:

October Deals
Norwegian Gem 70% Loved It

11-day Eastern Caribbean From New York
See all Norwegian Gem Deals >>