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Overall we had a great time and met some very nice people. We drove from Boston and it could not have been easier. We were shocked when the navigation said exit right to the cruise terminal. Parked, headed in, breezed through check-in, sat for a minute, our group number was called and we were on board. Luggage quickly followed so no issues with embarkation. There is pretty much nothing around the terminal at Port Canaveral, not even a store to grab a newspaper. We did the airboat shore excursions. It was fun, definitely worth it. Alligators EVERYWHERE, not like a whale watch were you might be lucky to see one or two, these critters were all over the place! We weren't able to stop at the private island due to the weather conditions. Instead we spent an extra half day in Nassau. No big deal. The ship is very nice and well kept. We saw no maintenance issues. The shows were really good. The acrobats were amazing! Entertainers and staff were great. The captain was a very funny guy! One of the best we've had. Food was ok, You could eat as healthy or as unhealthy as you chose from the buffets. We dined at the specialty restaurants for most dinners and all were pretty good, Cagney's was the best. Disembarkation seemed like a poorly organized cattle call. We've reached Gold level now though and get priority status for disembarkation from now on. Woohoo!

Good time overall

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by carolb7016

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Overall we had a great time and met some very nice people.

We drove from Boston and it could not have been easier. We were shocked when the navigation said exit right to the cruise terminal. Parked, headed in, breezed through check-in, sat for a minute, our group number was called and we were on board. Luggage quickly followed so no issues with embarkation.

There is pretty much nothing around the terminal at Port Canaveral, not even a store to grab a newspaper. We did the airboat shore excursions. It was fun, definitely worth it. Alligators EVERYWHERE, not like a whale watch were you might be lucky to see one or two, these critters were all over the place! We weren't able to stop at the private island due to the weather conditions. Instead we spent an extra half day in Nassau. No big deal.

The ship is very nice and well kept. We saw no maintenance issues. The shows were really good. The acrobats were amazing! Entertainers and staff were great. The captain was a very funny guy! One of the best we've had.

Food was ok, You could eat as healthy or as unhealthy as you chose from the buffets. We dined at the specialty restaurants for most dinners and all were pretty good, Cagney's was the best.

Disembarkation seemed like a poorly organized cattle call. We've reached Gold level now though and get priority status for disembarkation from now on. Woohoo!
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11050
Great location. We were worried about noise from the pool deck but that was never an issue. There was plenty of space and the balcony was perfect.
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