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This was our second cruise with NCL and really enjoyed it. Embarkation went as we thoguht it would, everyone is arriving basically at the same time, so you would expect to wait. Disembarkation went very smoothly for us. We picked the smaller ship because we just wanted to relax. My only issue was since it was a smaller ship and we left at the tail end of the noreaster, you were able to feel a lot more movement than on the bigger ship (we were on the breakway last year). We enjoyed playing Deal or No Deal and Bingo. The shows were outstanding. We mostly ate at the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants (dining package). We both enjoyed all of our meals. The buffet is smaller and it was hard to get a table for breakfast (the main buffet in only open till 10:30 for breakfast) and there seemed to be several very large asian tour groups that took up most of the tables. We enjoyed the Airboat tour in Florida and Nassua by land and sea. Unfortunately, we were not able to stop at the Grea StirUp Cay because of the wind and seas, which was a bummer. We were docked in Nassau overnight but by 7:00 p.m., as didn't feel comfortable going out on our own, so we enjoyed just listening to music sitting on our balcony. The Ship overall if nice, as long as you like the smaller ship feel. The cruise director and staff were great, we enjoyed all the shows and activities that we participated in. Our room steward Julius was the best!

Enjoyed the Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by cruiselover6854

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
This was our second cruise with NCL and really enjoyed it. Embarkation went as we thoguht it would, everyone is arriving basically at the same time, so you would expect to wait. Disembarkation went very smoothly for us. We picked the smaller ship because we just wanted to relax. My only issue was since it was a smaller ship and we left at the tail end of the noreaster, you were able to feel a lot more movement than on the bigger ship (we were on the breakway last year). We enjoyed playing Deal or No Deal and Bingo. The shows were outstanding. We mostly ate at the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants (dining package). We both enjoyed all of our meals. The buffet is smaller and it was hard to get a table for breakfast (the main buffet in only open till 10:30 for breakfast) and there seemed to be several very large asian tour groups that took up most of the tables. We enjoyed the Airboat tour in Florida and Nassua by land and sea. Unfortunately, we were not able to stop at the Grea StirUp Cay because of the wind and seas, which was a bummer. We were docked in Nassau overnight but by 7:00 p.m., as didn't feel comfortable going out on our own, so we enjoyed just listening to music sitting on our balcony. The Ship overall if nice, as long as you like the smaller ship feel. The cruise director and staff were great, we enjoyed all the shows and activities that we participated in. Our room steward Julius was the best!
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin MA 11062
Our cabin was very a nice size and very comfy. The bathroom was much larger than expected, although the water pressure and temp were very not great. The pressure was low and even turned all the way to cold the water was still very, very warm. Our steward Julius was amazing, very friendly and kept the cabin spotless!
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