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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,530 Reviews

Just average is about all I can say

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by juliakeiz

3 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

This was my family's first time on Norwegian, we have done Disney and Carnival in the past. The destination really set the tone for the trip, Im convinced that if this ship was going to the Carribean, it would have been more fun. The crowd was older which definitely effected the activities planned, which is while understandable, still disappointing for families and younger people. The teen club was god awful, the counselours were uptight and not fit to be working with teens. On the last day they actually scolded them for being such "Bad Guests", something you should never hear from any cruise staff. The teens often found themselves wandering the ship desperate for something to do and trying to sneak into the adult clubs, which is a tell tale sign of a weak kids program. They definitely nickle and dime you on Norwegian but this was pretty expected.

The ports themselves were beautiful and an amazing time, the only thing I would recommend is booking some form of excursion in New Brunswick because the town isnt too exciting. Halifax was AMAZING and we found a segway tour which was DEFINITELY the way to do Halifax and i would recommend the NS Segway group, cheap, easy, and close to the port. If you are looking for a cruise with an older crowd, subpar food, and historic ports, this is definitely the cruise for you. I wouldnt dare label this a family cruise so I would recommend finding more of a tropical intienary for that. The food was really disappointing for a cruise, definitely book dining ahead of time even if it is the complimentary. The service was great and the staff was friendly, our cabin was just right but kind of had an odor. Disembark was easy and embarking was quick also. NCL definitely tried their best, but really should make a much larger effort for the onship expierence because that was brutal. The entertainment was enjoyable and probably the only good part of the onboard experience

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IB 8075

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Bar Harbor

Bar Harbor is so beautiful you dont event need an excursion.

Saint John (New Brunswick)

Book an Excursion because Saint Johns has very little to offer on foot.


Find the NS Segway tour its the best way to see Halifax I cannot recommend it enogh.

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