Wonderful Cruise Experience: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by RandiRN
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Wonderful Cruise Experience
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
NCL still provides live music unlike other cruise lines that have gone to recorded music. On this cruise we had Guitar Music by Leo, piano by Micheal and Marc (played separately). I can't mention the shows in the big venue, I never attended one. Leo, Micheal and Marc would play in the different bar areas on the ship. Leo has quite a following. He has played aboard the Gem for 2 years. People will book cruises on the Gem to see Leo. After spending a week enjoying him, I can understand why. Leo is quite a talented young man. The food aboard NCL ships is described by me as boring. It isn't bad, it is just uninspired. Carnival offers a much better food product (variety) and a better presentation. This occurs in the dining rooms or the buffet deck.
NCL seems to appeal to an older customer, of which unfortunately I am one. We (my sister-in-law) made some nice shipboard acquaintances. It was so nice to sit and dine with people who were complete strangers. On the buffet deck, we offered people to share our table and they did likewise.
On a whole we totally enjoyed our experience aboard the NCL Gem. We have even given NCL a deposit for our next cruise. Less
We need to travel in a handicapped accessible cabin. My sister-in-law is unable to ambulate well and uses an electric scooter. The cabin is okay, however it is short on storage space. The clothing storage consists of 3 very small and narrow draws and a few open storage shelves. There is definitely not enough storage for two passengers, let alone two female passengers. On the Jewel there was a shortage of electric outlets, but the Gem had more. We bring a multi outlet extension cord. The fire detectors are super sensitive. When I dry my hair and steam is created, the fire detector got activated. This is a problem on NCL that I have not experienced on other cruise lines.
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