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Norwegian Gem Review

Another great NCL experience

Review for Canada & New England Cruise on Norwegian Gem
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Oct 2017
Cabin: Family Oceanview Picture Window

We wanted to experience the New England and Canada areas during the fall season. Our weather was great, cool at times, but to be expected.

The Gem is part of the Jewel class ships, which are our favorites. They have the Spinaker Louge up front top a great view as you travel. The newer larger ships use that space for "The Haven" (High paying quests) or the spa area.

Embarking and disembarking in New York does give you a longer process to board the ship. Nothing of NCL's doing, but port security and customs as we returned. It turned out a Disney ship was leaving and returning at the same time as we were.

Cabin Review

Family Oceanview Picture Window

Cabin O1

Ocean view cabins are a little tighter than Balconey, but just as comfortable. And, of course, you don't spend much time there. We could still see out, nice large window. Very clean, well maintained cabin.

Port Reviews

New York (Manhattan)

Arrived in New York a day early and took in the 9-11 memorial and museum. Very moving and emotional experience. Walked around some and toured St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Saint John (New Brunswick)

We walked from the ship to the reversing falls, about 2 miles one way, then walked back into town. The falls were great to see. Check the tide schedule, and try to see the falls near high tide. Amazing view. Stopped at the city market for lunch. Great food selections.


We rented a car rather than pay the ship to transport us. Saved a great deal. Drove to Lunenburg and Peggy's Cove. We were there the third week in October and a few things we closing down for the season.

Still, great to tour on our own for less cost.

Portland (Maine)

Walked into town here as well. Catch the doughnuts at "Holy Dounuts", they are amazing! Also caught the "Victorian Mansion". There is a fee, but well worth it.

Also, pick a local restaurant and sample the local food. Lobster roll, chowder etc.


A "Tender" port, since there is no pier for the ship. We walked the area. Nice shops, good local food. Spent the rest of the day back on the ship.

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