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We take the Boston to Bermuda cruise each year around this time. This year we left on May 3, The Gem is new to Boston, and I think it is an upgrade from the Dawn. It is very similar, but It is newer with many improvements. The layout is better, there is lots of outdoor deck space, and two pools outside. The smoking room is tucked into a corner, and the smoke seems to stay inside. The champagne bar is a much larger area than on the Dawn, and so is La Cuchina and Le Bistro. It also has a Spinnaker Lounge with panoramic windows on deck 13, and the Great Outdoors eating area in the back of the ship. Both are lacking on the Dawn, along with a card room and larger library. There is even a bridge viewing room. The decor is different and has been updated. We enjoyed exploring all week. Where it is the same is the great crew and staff. The food was the same, we enjoyed everything we had in the Pacific dining room, Garden Cafe, O'Sheehans, and the specialty restaurants. We never had trouble finding something we liked. Le Bistro had the most wonderful service. There was a well attended Meet and Greet on the first sea day. Lots of familiar people who do the trip over and over. People were familiar with the cruise it made it relaxing and calm. We did the wine tasting, lots of great information and a chance to try new wines. The shows were great, Blazing Boots, and Get Down Tonight, lots of energy, and great dancing. Though there seemed to be a sound problem the night we saw Get Down Tonight the music was very loud and it was hard to hear the singers. The Ukranian acrobats/drummers/dancers had a unusual act that left us puzzled about what we had seen. Don't miss the cabaret night with the singers. Our butler Josephine was great, she brought everything we asked, and came by to see us every day with treats, she was friendly and pleasant and seemed to be able to answer every question. We ate one dinner and two breakfasts in our cabin on the table and chairs which is great. The weather in the Boston area has been terrible this spring, cold and rainy. It was the same on the way down to Bermuda, we had a bumpy ride down, but it was perfect when we got there, sunny in the 70's lots of flowers. We will be back next year.

Gem a new ship in Boston

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by JCMass.

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Bermuda
  • Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
We take the Boston to Bermuda cruise each year around this time. This year we left on May 3, The Gem is new to Boston, and I think it is an upgrade from the Dawn. It is very similar, but It is newer with many improvements. The layout is better, there is lots of outdoor deck space, and two pools outside. The smoking room is tucked into a corner, and the smoke seems to stay inside. The champagne bar is a much larger area than on the Dawn, and so is La Cuchina and Le Bistro. It also has a Spinnaker Lounge with panoramic windows on deck 13, and the Great Outdoors eating area in the back of the ship. Both are lacking on the Dawn, along with a card room and larger library. There is even a bridge viewing room. The decor is different and has been updated. We enjoyed exploring all week.

Where it is the same is the great crew and staff. The food was the same, we enjoyed everything we had in the Pacific dining room, Garden Cafe, O'Sheehans, and the specialty restaurants. We never had trouble finding something we liked. Le Bistro had the most wonderful service.

There was a well attended Meet and Greet on the first sea day. Lots of familiar people who do the trip over and over. People were familiar with the cruise it made it relaxing and calm.

We did the wine tasting, lots of great information and a chance to try new wines.

The shows were great, Blazing Boots, and Get Down Tonight, lots of energy, and great dancing. Though there seemed to be a sound problem the night we saw Get Down Tonight the music was very loud and it was hard to hear the singers. The Ukranian acrobats/drummers/dancers had a unusual act that left us puzzled about what we had seen.

Don't miss the cabaret night with the singers.

Our butler Josephine was great, she brought everything we asked, and came by to see us every day with treats, she was friendly and pleasant and seemed to be able to answer every question. We ate one dinner and two breakfasts in our cabin on the table and chairs which is great.

The weather in the Boston area has been terrible this spring, cold and rainy. It was the same on the way down to Bermuda, we had a bumpy ride down, but it was perfect when we got there, sunny in the 70's lots of flowers.

We will be back next year.
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Penthouse with Large Balcony
Cabin SE 10164
This aft penthouse on deck 10 could not have been better. The cabin is large with a large bacony ( two lounge chairs, two more chairs and a small side table). It had been updated with a new decor. Everything worked great. Nice and quiet in the corner of the aft.
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