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We chose to embark in NYC because it was closest to home and fitting our budget. Not realizing that embarking and disembarking turned out to be a nightmare, standing in line for 3-4hours each way. Instructions for attending the drill and even once landed early in Providence Bahamas, there were not instructions on the TV channel to be able to disembark until we saw people returning from their visit out int he evening. Other than announcement on the overhead, no other follow-up on the special TV channel was done. :( If we were made aware, we could have made the best of it by stepping out. Especially, we missed the Stripp Cay stoop due to rough seas. Food need improvement, perhaps add taste, cleaner counters & more time slots. Entertainment was the best on the cruise. Can't praise enough for coordinating and putting special effort to make all involved. Steward assigned to the rooms were outstanding. Everything from cleanliness to special touch was there. Felt like family in a few days. Pool & hottubs were too small for the crowd, not too clean. Gym was good for the size of the ship.

A little let down by the overall experience

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by AMYHD2000

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony
We chose to embark in NYC because it was closest to home and fitting our budget. Not realizing that embarking and disembarking turned out to be a nightmare, standing in line for 3-4hours each way.

Instructions for attending the drill and even once landed early in Providence Bahamas, there were not instructions on the TV channel to be able to disembark until we saw people returning from their visit out int he evening. Other than announcement on the overhead, no other follow-up on the special TV channel was done. :( If we were made aware, we could have made the best of it by stepping out. Especially, we missed the Stripp Cay stoop due to rough seas.

Food need improvement, perhaps add taste, cleaner counters & more time slots.

Entertainment was the best on the cruise. Can't praise enough for coordinating and putting special effort to make all involved.

Steward assigned to the rooms were outstanding. Everything from cleanliness to special touch was there. Felt like family in a few days.

Pool & hottubs were too small for the crowd, not too clean. Gym was good for the size of the ship.
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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Balcony
Cabin BA 9116
Room was spacious. Bathroom was clean and practical. Bed was comfortable, Balcony was spacious. Perfect! Perfect! Perfect!
Deck 10 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins