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This was my third cruise. First time on Royal Caribbean Liberty of The seas (9,5/10). Second time on Norwegian Spirit (6/10). Here are my quotes for the gem Embarkation: 9/10 we arrived at 10h40, embarkation was scheduled for 12h00. We were on the boat at 12h20 Cabin: 7.5/10 inside cabin a bit small. The door is on the side really near for the bed so when you sleep and someone comes in late, the corridor light is really disturbing. We hear everything happening outside. The bed is really the most comfortable i ever slept in. Food: 7.5/10 For me, quality of food is really important. Gem's food was over my expectations. Grand Pacific offers a wide variety of different appetizers, entrees and deserts. There were 2 lobster tail nights. The second one with shrimps, mussels, scallops on linguini was a 9/10. Our best meal was the Prime rib that was cooked to perfection. Sometimes you have to wait with a pager (mostly lobster night)Tequila restaurant is really deceiving, the worst ribs i ever had. La Cucina has nice atmosphere but seats are really uncomfortable. The food is average but pizza is very good. Le bistro (french) is a near perfect experience. everything was perfect. Blue Lagoon has nice fast food but service is not that good and the ambiance is deceiving comparing to the spirit. The buffet is a nice amelioration and food is always fresh. Public areas: 8/10 Pools and spas are nice. Climbing wall is very nice but is not open a long time. The bars are really great. The best one is the bliss, original and sensual. Nis bowling alley. Ports of call: 3/10. Port Canaveral. Not enough time for a complete visit of Cape Canaveral. For 10$ you can take a shuttle to Cocoa Beach, a small shopping mall or Wal Mart. Grats Stirrup Cay 4/10. A 1500 person capacity for 2300 passengers !!! Nassau 4/10 City as not been renovated for years and is really dirty. Beach on Paradise island is nice. Freeport 1/10. Arrival at 7h30, departure at 11h30 in the morning. Ship is at 30 minutes of Freeport. No time to do anything. Service is very unequal: Some employees are really smiling and do the best they can so you have the best time. 10% of them looked like they are tired of working. Disembarkation: 10/10. We were out of the boat 30 minutes after scheduled time. We took the express Disembarkation. To conclude, Gem is a very nice brand new ship that has upgraded food and really comfortable mattresses. Ports of call are very week.

Very nice ship, poor ports of call

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by erb114

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2009
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside
This was my third cruise. First time on Royal Caribbean Liberty of The seas (9,5/10). Second time on Norwegian Spirit (6/10).
Here are my quotes for the gem
Embarkation: 9/10 we arrived at 10h40, embarkation was scheduled for 12h00. We were on the boat at 12h20
Cabin: 7.5/10 inside cabin a bit small. The door is on the side really near for the bed so when you sleep and someone comes in late, the corridor light is really disturbing. We hear everything happening outside. The bed is really the most comfortable i ever slept in.
Food: 7.5/10 For me, quality of food is really important. Gem's food was over my expectations. Grand Pacific offers a wide variety of different appetizers, entrees and deserts. There were 2 lobster tail nights. The second one with shrimps, mussels, scallops on linguini was a 9/10. Our best meal was the Prime rib that was cooked to perfection. Sometimes you have to wait with a pager (mostly lobster night)Tequila restaurant is really deceiving, the worst ribs i ever had. La Cucina has nice atmosphere but seats are really uncomfortable. The food is average but pizza is very good. Le bistro (french) is a near perfect experience. everything was perfect. Blue Lagoon has nice fast food but service is not that good and the ambiance is deceiving comparing to the spirit. The buffet is a nice amelioration and food is always fresh.
Public areas: 8/10 Pools and spas are nice. Climbing wall is very nice but is not open a long time. The bars are really great. The best one is the bliss, original and sensual. Nis bowling alley.
Ports of call: 3/10. Port Canaveral. Not enough time for a complete visit of Cape Canaveral. For 10$ you can take a shuttle to Cocoa Beach, a small shopping mall or Wal Mart. Grats Stirrup Cay 4/10. A 1500 person capacity for 2300 passengers !!! Nassau 4/10 City as not been renovated for years and is really dirty. Beach on Paradise island is nice. Freeport 1/10. Arrival at 7h30, departure at 11h30 in the morning. Ship is at 30 minutes of Freeport. No time to do anything.
Service is very unequal: Some employees are really smiling and do the best they can so you have the best time. 10% of them looked like they are tired of working.
Disembarkation: 10/10. We were out of the boat 30 minutes after scheduled time. We took the express Disembarkation. To conclude, Gem is a very nice brand new ship that has upgraded food and really comfortable mattresses. Ports of call are very week.
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