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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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8 Night Florida / Bahama out NYC

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by Polistena

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2019
  • Destination: the Bahamas
  • Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

I chose this cruise because I had to use a weeks vacation before year end and we received a very good price.

Overall the cruise and ship was very nice.


Embarkation in NYC was terrible. the lines were very long with 2 security check points check in agents.

Disappointed with NCL MDR selections, no lobster, no shrimp meals, no shrimp cocktail, no prime rib. no tenderloin etc. They have gotten very cheap. They push those pay restaurants.

Casino is a disaster of smoke, you could not walk through there without gaging. I feel sorry for the workers.

Cruise Director, was very hard to understand, spoke so loud and fast into mic, with English not her first language. Gave us incorrect deck information for getting off at private island. About 50 of the first tender folks were waiting on deck 7 when the real deck was 4.

Buffet is smaller with limited seating. especially on sea days. Free Asian restaurant was very hard to get into long lines, they did not take reservations or serve lunch.

Night club did not open until 12:15 - 12:30 every night. All other cruises I been on club opens by 11:30, I didn't need 2 hours of Karaoke every night from 10pm - 12am.


MDR staff was very good and friendly. Overall food was good but missing selections as noted above, O'Sheenhans 24 hr restaurant was very good. Dining outside on back of ship was very nice.

Very Nice selection of free hand dipped ice cream on buffet.

Good amount of activities onboard. House band was very good with many band tributes. Piano player Jack Brady was excellent. Pool band playing Caribbean music very nice.

Shinnicker lounge in the top front of ship was very nice for events,

Theater Music Shows were ok, they work very hard, but some were abit silly. One Comedian put on a few shows, he was ok. A few magicians were ok, not great, And one show with two guys doing ring tricks etc. was kinda boring. But is was entertainment.

Pool area was decent, always could use more space and chairs.

Gym was nice was able to workout few times with no waiting for machines,

Shuffle board was nice.

Ports: There is nothing at Cape Canaveral Port, you have to get a shuttle to see anything. But we did see a rocket launch one night, very exciting.

Great Stirrup Cay was very very nice, so relaxing, nice bbq, nice water and beach. Love the private Islands.

Nassau was also nice, walked around city, got free wifi at McDonalds, and there is always the free beach Junkanoo about 15 minute walk.

Debarkation: We walked off ship self assist and were off by 8:15am very good.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside

We chose the inside cabin for $379, glad we did not get balcony because out NYC there were 4 days they we could not go outside either rain or cold windy. We had 4 beautiful days out 8. Cabin was small but I was surprised with all the space for our clothng, the 2 of us had plenty room for clothing. Bathroom shower was nice sice rectangular maybe 5foot by just about 3 foot.

We werent in cabin much so it was fine,

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Nothing at all at port had to take cab or shuttle to go anywhere. Did see rocket launch from ship which was awesome,

Great Stirrup Cay

Just another beautiful experience on a relaxing tropical private Island, loved it!!


Walked around city, found free WIFI , walked to free beach Junkanoo about 15 mins. Very nice port.

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