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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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ALASKA Beautiful - NCL - Cruise your own - Food not that great

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by elehuak

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2016
  • Destination: Alaska

We went on this Alaska cruise because for our Honeymoon, 10years ago we did the Alaska Cruise, but on Princess. So for our 10year anniversary we thought we should do Alaska again, but NCL was having a deal - unlimited drinking package, and that just makes everything better. and NCL is cheaper. I liked that the entertainment had many different genre and the bands didnt sing the same songs over and over again. We did have a canceled excursion which really bummed us out, Dog Sled Ride, with no compensation given, which was a bummer and having to wait 4weeks to get our money back. But, overall, it all depends on what you would like on a cruise...seems like you can't get it all - Cheap Cruise Fare, Good Food, Unlimited Drinking Package...etc. But over all was good. we had friends with us which made it better! Our next cruise most likely will not be on NCL.

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Zodiac Boat

AWESOME!!! Drive your own Zodiac. Get the locals to take you around point out wildlife that you wouldn't see on your own. See some awesome Eagle action. Wrapped up in warm attire. Given some crackers and salmon spread and some warm coffe/coco/water after the trip.

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If you want to buy water, find the good old mom/pop store which is farthest away from the cruise ship, but cheapest!

Glacier Point Wilderness Safari

The most amazing thing to do. Not everyone can say "i walked on a glacier". even though it doesnt like you are walking on a glacier, you more look like you are walking on the moon, you are on a glacier. Tour guides really appreciate you coming because they dont get to see the town/family/friends much. and they serve you lunch. a nice sandwhich/chips/fruit/juice/water.

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Whale Watching

The most amazing thing to see, ORCAS right next to your boat you can hear them breath! Their slaps from their tails / fins so loud. and being on the Zodiac, you are eye level to them, and you can see all around you. Also, the company set up a cab so that when we got back from the ship a cab was there waiting for us.

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