6/23 Cruise review from couple with 4 and 8 year old kids: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by dguerreiro5512

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6/23 Cruise review from couple with 4 and 8 year old kids

Sail Date: June 2014
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Ok, this was written real time while on the boat and is a mix of review/comments and tips but I haven't put it in great order, so here it goes...hope it is helpful.

Norwegian gem w/o 6/23...7d cruise

Wife and 3 and 7 yo almost 4 and 8

11 th fl balcony mid to aft ship

Leaving nyc great

Efficient check in

Less time than with previous cruise on dawn in 05

Took private limo from Ct ... much easier and relatively affordable

Arrived early ... key with kids

Packed 2 medium sized rollers 2 smaller kids plus a backpack..enough

Beautiful weather

Washy washy happy happy…you’ll know what I mean when you take the cruise…sanitizing mantra

Great night entertainment stardust

Music of 60s 70s revue

Chip Romero comedian

All good and good for families

Beware 2nd city not kid friendly the first show we went to although we were told otherwise More

But apparently a second show during the week was announced as family friendly

All staff friendly

8 mo contracts

50% to 67% Filipino

Salamat=thank you

Steward elmi was fast, courteous

Switched to lighter blanket

2 flatter firmer pillows stacked were right for me

Room nice

Couch pulled out easily

Tv channels ok but limited

Just nick for kids

Luckily brought 2 portable Dvd players with mix of new and fave movies

Brought two small surprise toy gifts for kids to whip out mid cruise

Matchbox hotwheels for 3 yo and mini lego friends sets for 7yo

Be sure to download offline apps on smartphone or tablet

Games for kids

Bring watch and alarm clock since no alarm clock in room and no cell network svc on board unless pay for wifi

Balcony worth it

Shower and bath great

Should have brought a tote bag to bring towels etc to pool and private beach

Bring more sunscreen than you think you need

Bring snack and water for first day

Otherwise have 24 hr food at blue lagoon and buffet is open late

Can just walk out with food

At breakfast grab extra milk cartoons and cereal mini boxes for room and yogurt and spoons

Free coffee is a bit weak but ok

Java cafe ...cafe Americano is strongest coffee you'll find but will cost a couple bucks

Good job using bliss to screen world cup games during day...thanks from a team Usa fan...place was packed for the first round games ...nice environment

Garden cafe breakfast...if you show up during rush it is chaos

Show up a bit earlier with kids

Or go to great outdoors

Try a little bit of everything...I like about half to two thirds and never left hungry

Towards the end of cruise went to grand Pacific for breakfast...much calmer and although less to choose from was more than enough and is better quality

magenta also good

Only special restaurant we went to was teppanyaki which was excellent food and show

We did no paid ncl excursions

We figured disney etc was its own separate trip and the space center wasn't something the kids would get much out of

We stayed onboard at port Canaveral and enjoyed less crowded pools etc

Pools were great

Chlorinated saltwater

No real lifeguards...just a guy managing corkscrew slide line and another telling kids not to jump in

One primarily kids pool ...adults can go in


My 7 yo said slide was slow...she had to push herself along during the slide so she didn't go on

Good idea to bring swim goggles for kids

Bring 2 swimsuits for all family members although we never used both before other dried out

3 yo liked kiddies pool first day then went to big pool while wearing front facing floatie type

Beach towels provided in room...you bring with you and back...stewards give you fresh ones quickly

Note on 11 th floor mid to slight aft rooms...I believe we are under splash academy so it’s a bit loud footsteps and running until kids leave.

My kids liked splash academy ...register them as soon as you get on ship...drop them off in morning when possible so you can have personal time with spouse.

Library is nice. Books for kids and Chinese language which wife liked. Free daily croseword and sudoko.

Game room is nice. Board game for kids and adults and dominoes. Game tables. Lots of Asians playing cards.

Bliss is the nightclub. Has 4 bowling lanes. $5 per play. Didn't partake of that or night club ...or casino.

Stopped in Nassau and got off boat. Took taxi on our own for $16 each way and walked around on our own at Atlantis. Saw some fish in the public area and admired the architecture. Bought some souvenirs and toys for the kids and went back to boat. Was hot and kids were beat. We have aquarium near our house back home. Water Adventure Park was pricey. Again...have something like that back home.

Great stirrup cay Private Island was great. Very organized and efficient on the island...getting on and off ship and tenders. Clean and pleasant.

We really lucked out on weather the whole trip. One brief downpour while in port Canaveral...otherwise warm and sunny all 7d. Very calm seas even on the way down from Ny. As of the time of this write up we are coming back up the coast so hopefully that goes well.

Highly recon Norwegian and gem in particular esp for anyone with young families.

Beer selection was ok. I like lagers so Heineken and esp. beck's suited me fine. Can’t speak to any other liquors and mixer drinks since neither I nor wife had any.

My wife did some inboard shopping so she can speak to that. Lots of opportunities to have photos taken by ship photo start and then purchase

Went for jog a couple of days...track is nice. Bring sneakers.

Freestyle cruising is great. Can dress up or down as you like.

Bring outlet strip for digital device chargers

Bring nightlight for little ones

Room has dividing curtain, pull out couch is good for kids

Air conditioning works well with two climate control zones in our room

Last day of cruise...the cake bake off with the exec chef was great. Dan dan the cruise director was hilarious.

Also the international cruise staff show was great. Even the happy happy washy girls did a dance thing. But the best was the finale called 'the fountain'. Won’t spoil it for future cruiser but let me hope they do it for you. I was laughing till I cried. Less

Published 07/02/14

Cabin review: ~11600

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