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Norwegian Gem Inaugural Cruise Views of the newbies We decided on the Norwegian Gem Inaugural Cruise when it became difficult to fly long haul and thus got our first sight of the ship on the coach from London to Dover. The embarkation was painless with the photo being taken as we embarked after losing the luggage to the porters. Some minor formalities and we were onboard looking for our Mini Suite 11538. We had seen a lot of postings about comparisons between Balcony staterooms and Mini-Suites but were very pleased with ours especially the two "zones" both with their own temperature controls and with a large heavy curtain that could be pulled the width of the suite allowing one to read and the other to snooze, excellent and used every day. The balcony was a good size, with comfortable loungers and a table. The bed was very comfortable and an excellent size, with good quality pillows. Because we had the "luxury" bathroom there was a lot of room for two and the bathroom was perfect with a good shower and all the facilities you would need. A 15" flat screen TV, bigger than in the Balcony stateroom and a coffee maker were there along with a complimentary fruit bowl and still Evian water, one refilled the other not. The Roll Call meeting the next morning when we met Captain Mikael Hildern, Klaus, and Claudio and Clint plus officers was an excellent treat and very informative, leading to many nods and chats later in the cruise from people we met that morning. We would recommend everyone to use Roll Call for that reason. Now onto the food, fabulous, we tried Le Bistro twice, Cagney's twice, Grand Pacific and La Cucina twice and Orchard Garden, Magenta, Tequila once each. We had Short Rib and Tenderloin, Filet Mignon, Chateaubriand, Rib Eve and New York Strip sirloin and all were historic. The rack of lamb was exactly pink, the Il Popo (in Tequila and for two) was superb and the only meal to struggle to meet excellent was the Coq au Vin in the Magenta. Pasta in La Cucina was excellent and the Orchard Garden was superb. Breakfast collected from the Garden Cafe and eaten in the Great Outdoors was always a pleasure and we grazed through lunch when onboard at the Garden Cafe. The chilled soups were out of this world, Chilled Granny Smith Bisque, yum. We had an invite to Cagney's for breakfast one day and will very seriously consider a Penthouse or above next time just for that pleasure. We tried the Champagne bar mostly but the Maltings did have a cask strength single malt that was a treat. The bottle of wine following you was a good idea but ours always died at the table. We went ashore at Gibraltar, big mistake with three cruises in port, and at Naples, Pompeii Excavations was very interesting, A Taste of Rome didn't work for us but the Pisa and Wine Tasting was the best of all with an excellent visit to Pisa and an excellent wine tasting and meal. The Cabin staff were always smiling and the Towel sculptures were something we looked forward to every night. Every where you went people smiled and seemed pleased to see you, obviously proud of the ship and the staff. Disappointments, only when we disembarked at Barcelona, the flawless professional service fell apart after we got off, come on NCL spread your excellence to everyone involved until we get to our front door, as the shock of the real world was unsettling. Will we cruise with NCL again, you bet, we made a lot of good friends both amongst the crew and the passengers and Freestyle cruising certainly worked for us. Fabulous.

Norwegian Gem - Western Mediterranean

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by magickpyggie

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2007
  • Destination: Western Mediterranean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Norwegian Gem Inaugural Cruise Views of the newbies
We decided on the Norwegian Gem Inaugural Cruise when it became difficult to fly long haul and thus got our first sight of the ship on the coach from London to Dover. The embarkation was painless with the photo being taken as we embarked after losing the luggage to the porters. Some minor formalities and we were onboard looking for our Mini Suite 11538. We had seen a lot of postings about comparisons between Balcony staterooms and Mini-Suites but were very pleased with ours especially the two "zones" both with their own temperature controls and with a large heavy curtain that could be pulled the width of the suite allowing one to read and the other to snooze, excellent and used every day. The balcony was a good size, with comfortable loungers and a table. The bed was very comfortable and an excellent size, with good quality pillows. Because we had the "luxury" bathroom there was a lot of room for two and the bathroom was perfect with a good shower and all the facilities you would need. A 15" flat screen TV, bigger than in the Balcony stateroom and a coffee maker were there along with a complimentary fruit bowl and still Evian water, one refilled the other not.
The Roll Call meeting the next morning when we met Captain Mikael Hildern, Klaus, and Claudio and Clint plus officers was an excellent treat and very informative, leading to many nods and chats later in the cruise from people we met that morning. We would recommend everyone to use Roll Call for that reason.
Now onto the food, fabulous, we tried Le Bistro twice, Cagney's twice, Grand Pacific and La Cucina twice and Orchard Garden, Magenta, Tequila once each. We had Short Rib and Tenderloin, Filet Mignon, Chateaubriand, Rib Eve and New York Strip sirloin and all were historic. The rack of lamb was exactly pink, the Il Popo (in Tequila and for two) was superb and the only meal to struggle to meet excellent was the Coq au Vin in the Magenta. Pasta in La Cucina was excellent and the Orchard Garden was superb. Breakfast collected from the Garden Cafe and eaten in the Great Outdoors was always a pleasure and we grazed through lunch when onboard at the Garden Cafe. The chilled soups were out of this world, Chilled Granny Smith Bisque, yum.
We had an invite to Cagney's for breakfast one day and will very seriously consider a Penthouse or above next time just for that pleasure. We tried the Champagne bar mostly but the Maltings did have a cask strength single malt that was a treat. The bottle of wine following you was a good idea but ours always died at the table.
We went ashore at Gibraltar, big mistake with three cruises in port, and at Naples, Pompeii Excavations was very interesting, A Taste of Rome didn't work for us but the Pisa and Wine Tasting was the best of all with an excellent visit to Pisa and an excellent wine tasting and meal.
The Cabin staff were always smiling and the Towel sculptures were something we looked forward to every night. Every where you went people smiled and seemed pleased to see you, obviously proud of the ship and the staff.
Disappointments, only when we disembarked at Barcelona, the flawless professional service fell apart after we got off, come on NCL spread your excellence to everyone involved until we get to our front door, as the shock of the real world was unsettling. Will we cruise with NCL again, you bet, we made a lot of good friends both amongst the crew and the passengers and Freestyle cruising certainly worked for us. Fabulous.
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