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Norwegian Gem Review

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Review for Norwegian Gem to the Bahamas
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PattiT
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Dec 2019
Cabin: Inside

I was really looking forward to escaping the cold. Great Stirrup Cay, sounded wonderful. I had been on the Gem before and loved that I would know my way around. I decided to go cheap on the cabin this time and book an inside cabin. I was surprised by how much shelves, drawers, closets etc. there was to unpack all my things. I always use a shoe organizer to store all my bathroom necessities. I did have to store this in the other side of the door, but there were also 3 glass shelves in the bathroom which gave plenty of storage. I was surprised at the cracked in many places sink.

Dining was ridiculous! No one seemed to know what they were doing or where they should be. Getting waited on took forever, getting water took a long time, and the food took longer than I ever remember even when they were not busy at all. The food for the most part was excellent although sometimes coffee was cold and sometimes almost sludgy. This was the first time I did not have a beverage package and I did not like it. I did notice that the drinks I paid for where in no way comparable to my last cruise with the Gem. I feel bad that I told many people how much better the drinks were than the ones we had on our Celebrity cruise.

I enjoyed the shows and classes I attended. The stage seemed a bit crowded at times, too many people for the small stage.

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Port Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

We went to the Florida Brewing Company, friendly staff, good beers and ciders.

Great Stirrup Cay

Loved the day here! Beautiful place, plenty of beach chairs. Food was good, just wish more cruisers would sanitized their hands, it almost seemed like a game to some to avoid the washy washy girls.

Nassau

Took the city bus for $1.25 to get to the Tricky Daqu Shak. Best bar ever, uses fresh fruit cut up with some ice and rum. Everything was delicious! I would love to go back someday, the straw market was so much cheaper here than the ones closer to the ship.

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