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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Taja1002

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2018
  • Destination: the Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window

Family and friend cruise for Christmas. We have done a family cruise for Christmas the last four years. This was our friends first cruise.

Entertainment and activities could have been better. There were times events were scheduled and then never happened. Of course we always make the best out of the situations.

Service was top notch as always. Loved our Washy Washy lady at the buffet, so friendly and always smiling.

The Park West personnel were AWESOME!!! Very knowledgeable and helpful. We bought several pieces.

Only did one excursion, the Jolly Roger in Barbados and it was fantastic. We were traveling with older children but all ages had a fantastic time! Otherwise, we did our own thing at all of the other ports. As long as you stick to the timing, we have more fun exploring out on our own.

Loved the itinerary, just wished the shows and activities were better.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin OB 5064

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

San Juan

Went to Senor Frogs and did a little shopping.

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Went to Carambola beach resort. Snorkeled on one side of the beach and enjoyed the water on the other. There was sea turtles swimming around on the snorkel side.

St. Lucia

Went to Pigeon Beach. Wasn't packed which was nice but there was haggling going on. The drinks made by the guys in the drink boat were awesome. Did some snorkeling, there was a rock jetty with sea life.

Pirate Fun Cruise

Snorkeling location was great, saw stingrays and sea turtles in their natural habitat. Shipwreck was cool. Then went to another location (while lunch was being served) to swim, rope swing and walk the plank. Amazing crew and everyone had a fantastic time.

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Walked around and shopped. Went to Gold Smitty and purchased some antiguanite jewelry. Also found a market off the main street of the port to purchase wood carvings (there was a lot of different items there).

St. Thomas

Got in an open air taxi over to Coki Beach for snorkeling and beach time. Taxi was $9 per person each way....well worth it since the beach is on the other side of the island from the port. St. Thomas is still rebuilding since the storm, many local stores/shops have changed or just don't exist anymore. Cruise port shopping was up and running.

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