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Norwegian Gem Review

4.0 / 5.0
2,545 reviews

Hurricane Dorian impacts/Geriatric Cruise

Review for Canada & New England Cruise on Norwegian Gem
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Sep 2019
Cabin: Inside

The timing of the cruise fit within our schedule so NCL was chosen. This was our 2nd cruise, 1st with NCL and probably the last with NCL. One reason we won't go NCL again - is it's too old of a clientele. The comedian has it correct. It's a floating nursing home. At 50, we were the youngest on the boat ! Expect most to turn in at 10 pm or earlier. You'll also be stuck behind many walkers in the many lines.

While the hurricane wasn't their issue, they could have communicated it better. We had to hear on the local new (we're from Maine) that the ship would be re-routed to Portland due to Dorian. NCL had not told us yet. We called the customer service # and they still had no information yet. So we traveled from Portland to Boston, just to head back to Portland - oh well. They gave us a port charge credit of $10 each.

Halifax closed their port so we had to skip that port. So it was a day at sea instead. Still waiting to hear about a port charge credit for Halifax. Several calls/emails still nothing.

Cabin Review


Cabin IX

Lowest possible and center of boat. Less movement. We don't spend a lot of time here so it was fine. They fill the fridge with booze (it'll cost you if you touch it). Just tell them to empty it and you'll have more space for whatever you want.

If you have 4 people in this cabin, it'll be tough. A mattress pulls out from under the bed and blocks the bathroom door. You'd also be stepping on them getting off the double bed (two twins pushed together) just getting out.

The other bed folds down from wall. Just sit up fast from a the bed below.

Port Reviews

Portland (Maine)

We're from Portland. WE were detoured here due to the hurricane. Wish they had a tour to Freeport offered. LL Bean and a lot of other factory stores are there.

Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

Enjoyed. Saw the red cliffs as well.


Nice float in on the cruise ship but not a lot there. If you hike that would be great but you'll need time.

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