we took a "cruise to nowhere" from Boston on 12/15 on the NCL Gem...in a word, AWESOME!!!!! The NCL Gem is an awesome ship; it is in the same category as the NCL Dawn as it is a freestyling ship. NCL has definitely outdone itself this time with this new ship.
Embarkation was out of Boston. I went with my wife and 16 year old niece. We were able to board the ship within 30 minutes. The nicest thing is that you could check your luggage in right in Boston as it was only a 2 day cruise.
Oue room was on the 5th deck; the room slept 3 of us comfortably. The room also came with a flatscreen TV. It was impeccably clean and bright. We never saw our room steward (I guess you can take that as a good thing).