Being New Englanders we enjoy going out of Boston because of the convenience. The embarkation process was super easy this time...very little waiting around....and as usual, the staff was friendly and helpful.
We had been on the Gem before, so it was easy to get around and find everything. Our balcony cabin on the 9th floor was always clean and tidy. Thanks to the tour we had, we heard that the towel animals would be “endangered” because of all the extra laundry it causes, but we did have a few on our 2 week cruise.
We are Platinum level and also had 5 other specialty dining nights (due to the package deal) and we definitely enjoyed those nights. Cagney’s steaks are so delicious as is their OMG cheesecake. We love La Bistro, including the escargots. The food and dining experience at Tepanyaki is always fun.
The other dining was equally good and the service was excellent. We always try to chat with the servers and love watching them smile when we ask where they are from.
This time we were not as impressed with the entertainment as we had been other times. The juggler was ok as was the hypnotist, but nothing special. The pianist was excellent as was the ship’s band. Some of the small bands that played at the pool and in Magnums wow good, but it was a disappointment to not have a “sing-along piano bar guy”.
We took several shore excursions, including a catamaran ride, which was great. The cave tour (sorry, I cannot remember where!) was also very good.
There were several ecumenical church services during our time onboard. These were lovely and I hope they continue to offer these on future sailings.
There was a medical emergency that caused us to return to Boston 12 hours early, but it was handled well, and passengers were given the choice to leave or remain on board. We chose to remain on board.
I can honestly say the staff was super friendly and initiate saying hello when they passed you in the hallway. We enjoy NCL, and have been on other cruise lines so have things to compare with.
Always clean, fair sized cabin