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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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2,530 Reviews

Absolutely Wonderful!

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Juniper13

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Oct 2017
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

The Cruise was wonderful and relaxing. The staff was friendly and helpful. The entertainment was great. We love Second City, but all the show were great. They had some really talented entertainer onboard. The ship for the most part was clean, except cruisers would leave their dirty plates and glasses EVERYWHERE on deck so the staff wasn't always out there to clean up after everyone. The ports were OK. Bar Harbor was the best. We rented a car and went to Acadia National Park and stopped at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound for some AMAZING lobster. The food was good, but dinner in the Grand Pacific and Magenta dining rooms took no less than 2 hours each night. That was a little long because we would always miss the first show even though we were in the dining room by 5pm. We started going only to the buffet so that we wouldn't have to wait for so long. However, our overall experience was wonderful we would definitely go on NCL again.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside
Cabin IE 5105

Our cabin was perfect. The bathroom was spacious ( for a ship) and we were pleasantly surprised by the size of the shower. Our room steward was amazing.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


We took the bus for $2.50 RT(Canadian) each to the Cemetery to see the Titanic graves. We went to the Citadel on the way back. Walked through the Maritime Museum, then along the boardwalk back to the ship.This port is so built up with restaurants , not many shops. Did not buy anything.

Saint John (New Brunswick)

Took a taxi for $25 to see the Reversing Falls. It is only cool if you are there during high tide to see them reverse, other than that it is just water. We were not there during high tide. Went to the Market. Went to a few galleries. and 2 shops. We had an amazing Lobster Roll and Seafood Chowder at Billy's Seafood at the end of the Market.

Bar Harbor

We rented a car and drove around Acadia National Park at our leisure. After exploring the park we went to Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound for the best lobster that I have ever tasted.

Portland (Maine)

Walked into town to do some shopping. Mostly just coffee shops and restaurants. Didn't buy anything.

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