The Gem How Wonderful: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by www3traveler

Norwegian Gem 0
Member Since 2011
5,728 Forum Posts

Overall Member Rating

The Gem How Wonderful

Sail Date: February 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
I am a widow from the West Coast of the United States. I always arrive into the city of embarkation the day the cruise is to leave. For the second time, I stayed at the Novotel Times Square. It is just a few blocks from the ABC studios, which you can see from the hotel dining room.

This was my first time on The Gem. I have been on The Spirit, The Jewel and 8 times on The Pearl. I like The Gem very much except for the way you have to come out of The Stardust Theater from Deck 6. I did not like having to zig zag your way through the casino. For people with walkers, wheelchairs and the power scooters, it would have been a tight fit.

For my breakfasts, I eat in The Garden Cafe. I loved watching the young man make omlelets. For dining I was either in La Cacina or Mangenta. In La Cacina, they have the most delicious salmon pizza. It is heavenly. In both restraunts the service was wonderful. I could not have asked for anything any better.

Because I have been on The More Pearl as often as I have, I ran into a number Gem staff who have served on The Pearl. In some ways, it was like a homecoming. I also met a number of very kind Gem staff members. The Staff Captain took time out of his day one morning to have coffee with me. We talked about the new Cruise Vessel Saftety and Security Act that the United States Congress passed last June. It was interesting to sit and listen to him talk. It was wonderful to see the Hotel Director again (another from The Pear).

For the most part, I enjoyed the ship's entertainment. Once a dicovered a Candain who played the piano without adding anything to the piano( soundboards, laptop computers), I spent most evey evening listening to him. Just a man, his voice and piano. What a wonderful change of pace. I love soft peaceful music.

I did two shore excursions, one in St Thomas and one in St. Marteen. In St. Thomas, I took the tram to the top of the hill. On a clear day (which it wasn't), I don't know how many miles you could see. It nice. In St. Marteen I did an island tour. It always amazes me how the tour bus drivers manage to get the buses through the narrowest of streets. It was a nice tour.

I could believe how quickly it took to disembark and get through the terminal building. Before I knew it, I was on the bus heading to the airport.

On a whole it was a wonderful trip (too short). Met lots of wonderful people (staff and otherwise). Would I sail again on The Gem, yes. Less

Published 02/23/11

Cabin review: IC11639 Inside

I loved my cabin. It was in the aft of the ship not far from the elevator. I have had this cabin number on another cruise. As long as I have an inside cabin on Deck 11, I do not care.

Read All Inside (IC) Reviews >>

Port and Shore Excursions

In San Juan, I just walked down the pier to the drug store and did some shopping for greeting cards.

Read 2985 San Juan Reviews

Interesting place. It was smaller than I thought.

I love St. Thomas. I usually do my Christmas shopping in the shops near the ship.

Read 4003 St. Thomas Reviews

Compare Prices on Norwegian Gem Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Read more Norwegian Gem cruise reviews >>
Read Cruise Critic’s Norwegian Gem Review >>

Compare Prices on Norwegian Gem Eastern Caribbean Cruises

Member Since 2011
5,728 Forum Posts
Enrichment Activities
Family & Children
Fitness & Recreation
Onboard Experience
Public Rooms
Shore Excursions
Value for Money
Skip X

See Norwegian Gem deals up to 82% off:

October Deals
Norwegian Gem 70% Loved It

11-day Eastern Caribbean From New York
See all Norwegian Gem Deals >>