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We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and although we have taken 12 cruises, have never been to the Bahamas. One thing I do not understand is why ships port at Port Canaveral. There is nothing to do in port, no shops, no restaurants, nothing. Excursions are offered to several Disney attractions, but between the travel time and crowds, it is hardly worth the effort. We took the shuttle ($15 per person round trip) to Coco Beach and wandered around there for a couple of hours. Great Stirrup Cay was very nice. There were plenty of chairs available both in the sun and shade. The food at the Taco place was good. In Nassau we took the land and sea tour which was a joke. The land part was a bus driver taking us to Atlantis for 25 minutes so we could wander around the high priced shops. He then returned us to the port area where we boarded a boat and took a tour. Our guide was so entertaining and made the trip fun. He pointed out all the celebrity homes and history of the area. The down size to this trip was we were left off about five blocks from the security check point and there were several people with mobility problems that had a great deal of difficulty returning to the ship. No where did it say you would have to walk that far after the water tour. The crew on the Gem was very friendly. This was our fourth cruise on the Gem and we like the size of the ship. As you may have read in other reviews, the food is mediocre at best and rarely arrives hot. I ordered pancakes and they arrived cold. I sent them back and the next ones were cold also. I will say we were pleasantly surprised on our last night when we finished dinner and three waiters came to the table to sing Let Me Call You Sweetheart" in celebration of our 50th anniversary. Our balcony cabin was fine with plenty of room to put all our clothes and articles away and room to shove the suitcases under the bed. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever slept on while cruising. The only thing I did not care for was our cabin steward did not make up our room between 1:00 and 2:00 in the afternoon. We often return to our cabin in the early afternoon for a nap or to read on the balcony and we could not because she hadn't cleaned it. We did not have a problem getting on line although it was slow, very slow. But we always got on and even had a few minutes left at the end of the cruise. Embarkation was very long. We are platinum members and still had to wait as the computers went down. Leaving the ship was not bad. There were lines, but they moved along. We have found that if you wait until 9:00 or 9:15 to leave, it is not so backed up. Norwegian does need to improve their embarkation service. When we have sailed on other ships, it is much, much easier.

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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by theoz

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We chose this cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary and although we have taken 12 cruises, have never been to the Bahamas. One thing I do not understand is why ships port at Port Canaveral. There is nothing to do in port, no shops, no restaurants, nothing. Excursions are offered to several Disney attractions, but between the travel time and crowds, it is hardly worth the effort. We took the shuttle ($15 per person round trip) to Coco Beach and wandered around there for a couple of hours. Great Stirrup Cay was very nice. There were plenty of chairs available both in the sun and shade. The food at the Taco place was good. In Nassau we took the land and sea tour which was a joke. The land part was a bus driver taking us to Atlantis for 25 minutes so we could wander around the high priced shops. He then returned us to the port area where we boarded a boat and took a tour. Our guide was so entertaining and made the trip fun. He pointed out all the celebrity homes and history of the area. The down size to this trip was we were left off about five blocks from the security check point and there were several people with mobility problems that had a great deal of difficulty returning to the ship. No where did it say you would have to walk that far after the water tour. The crew on the Gem was very friendly. This was our fourth cruise on the Gem and we like the size of the ship. As you may have read in other reviews, the food is mediocre at best and rarely arrives hot. I ordered pancakes and they arrived cold. I sent them back and the next ones were cold also. I will say we were pleasantly surprised on our last night when we finished dinner and three waiters came to the table to sing Let Me Call You Sweetheart" in celebration of our 50th anniversary. Our balcony cabin was fine with plenty of room to put all our clothes and articles away and room to shove the suitcases under the bed. The bed was one of the most comfortable we have ever slept on while cruising. The only thing I did not care for was our cabin steward did not make up our room between 1:00 and 2:00 in the afternoon. We often return to our cabin in the early afternoon for a nap or to read on the balcony and we could not because she hadn't cleaned it. We did not have a problem getting on line although it was slow, very slow. But we always got on and even had a few minutes left at the end of the cruise. Embarkation was very long. We are platinum members and still had to wait as the computers went down. Leaving the ship was not bad. There were lines, but they moved along. We have found that if you wait until 9:00 or 9:15 to leave, it is not so backed up. Norwegian does need to improve their embarkation service. When we have sailed on other ships, it is much, much easier.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BB 10628
The cabin was clean and plenty of room. The way the toilet is set in the bathroom is a puzzle - I cannot understand why they placed it where they did. Other than that we had no complaints.
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