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This cruise option had the best port schedule for a Canada cruise. Disappointed that Portland Maine port was cancelled. Day at sea as a result was very rough. Room was terrific, as was our steward. Enjoyed Norwegian's flexible meal schedule options, did not miss having an assigned waitstaff. Ship layout was easy to follow after the first few days. Spa and spa services were terrific. Liked the readily available places to take a seat throughout the ship, if you need a rest. Sales were fun, found inexpensive gifts/souveniers to bring home. Booked all our excursions prior to the cruise, which took a lot of stress off the trip. Recommend booking spa services and spa membership prior to departure as well. Other cruises have a hard sell on board about specialty dining and beverage packages, appreciated no hard sell from Norwegian. Other than one day of bad weather, had great trip.

Excellent cruise for a Canada visit, but be aware of fall weather impact

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by teamh5721

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Canada & New England
  • Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Mini-Suite with Balcony
This cruise option had the best port schedule for a Canada cruise. Disappointed that Portland Maine port was cancelled. Day at sea as a result was very rough. Room was terrific, as was our steward. Enjoyed Norwegian's flexible meal schedule options, did not miss having an assigned waitstaff. Ship layout was easy to follow after the first few days. Spa and spa services were terrific. Liked the readily available places to take a seat throughout the ship, if you need a rest. Sales were fun, found inexpensive gifts/souveniers to bring home. Booked all our excursions prior to the cruise, which took a lot of stress off the trip. Recommend booking spa services and spa membership prior to departure as well. Other cruises have a hard sell on board about specialty dining and beverage packages, appreciated no hard sell from Norwegian. Other than one day of bad weather, had great trip.
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Cabin Review

Aft-Facing Mini-Suite with Balcony
Cabin M1
Room was superior to any other cruise we've taken. Lots of storage, including under bed for suitcases. Plenty of space to spread out items in the bathroom. Very thoughtful layout. Room was immaculate.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Hop On Hop Off
    Tour was alright, but LONG wait for a bus was not. Tour staff roaming the lines kept blaming the cruise lines (there were 2 ships in port) for putting 10:15 on everyone's tickets saying they were surprised to have so many show up at once. They knew the dock times of the ships and that everyone with a ticket would head for the bus trip first, why was it a surprise?
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