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No flights, time of year & length. NCL always does a nice job W/ value & friendliness. Decent perks for Latitudes members. Specialty dinning was excellent, we ate at Cagney's twice La Cucina twice, Tepanany and Orchard Garden twice, celebration our 31st anniversary at Cagney's with cake provided by the Gem,,,nice surprise. I am unable to walk long distances so we like the Jewel class ships or smaller. This was a problem at two ports through no fault of NCL. We were unable to go ashore in St Thomas or St Martin this time do to a lack of shuttle service at the piers, big disappointment since they are two of our favorite islands for different reasons. Another problem that wasn't the cruise lines fault was at the terminal in Boston. After disembarking they made us go outside the building where there was no protection from the 21 degree wind chill while awaiting our transportation. Many, including handicapped and elderly were huddled in the restroom and it's entryway shivering for up to and over an hour, almost criminal! Must also be hell in hot summer weather. As a result I doubt we will ever leave from Black Falcon Boston again. It made NYC piers and Cape Liberty seem almost luxurious.

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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by 1beachbum1

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Oceanview Picture Window
No flights, time of year & length. NCL always does a nice job W/ value & friendliness. Decent perks for Latitudes members. Specialty dinning was excellent, we ate at Cagney's twice La Cucina twice, Tepanany and Orchard Garden twice, celebration our 31st anniversary at Cagney's with cake provided by the Gem,,,nice surprise. I am unable to walk long distances so we like the Jewel class ships or smaller. This was a problem at two ports through no fault of NCL. We were unable to go ashore in St Thomas or St Martin this time do to a lack of shuttle service at the piers, big disappointment since they are two of our favorite islands for different reasons. Another problem that wasn't the cruise lines fault was at the terminal in Boston. After disembarking they made us go outside the building where there was no protection from the 21 degree wind chill while awaiting our transportation. Many, including handicapped and elderly were huddled in the restroom and it's entryway shivering for up to and over an hour, almost criminal! Must also be hell in hot summer weather. As a result I doubt we will ever leave from Black Falcon Boston again. It made NYC piers and Cape Liberty seem almost luxurious.
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Family Oceanview Picture Window
Cabin O1
Neat, pleasent, enough storage. Bathroom seems tighter after refurb, no I haven;tgained weight.
Deck 5 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins

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