Great first cruise!: Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by eitthegreat

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Great first cruise!

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Bahamas
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Overall the cruise was a very relaxing, enjoyable and worthwhile vacation.


1. Ports of call (Stir-up Cay): Stir up cay is a NCL private island. Not a fan of the un-authentic experience there since NCL used the same band on the beach itself. It essentially was like being on the boat except with sand around. Would be better not to go to an NCL island and have that authentic experience.

2. Band at the pool: Would be nice to have a section of the pool (perhaps this is on a different boat, but not on the GEM) that is just nice and quiet where one can relax. Instead the band was playing very loud and repeated the same songs throughout the week at the pool that it became quite annoying. DJ or radio music at lower sound levels would be preferable.

3. More entertainment for early afternoon: Most of the shows were great but were jammed at 7:30 and 9:30PM. None of us are on a working schedule so why not spread out the entertainment more evenly. Perhaps More around the typical dinner schedule (which for most people is 6 - 8 PM). It would be beneficial to have one Stardust show after lunch (around 2-3PM) and then one after dinner (9-10 PM), then spread out the rest of the entertainment evenly around the day. Due to uneven stardust shows, we needed to eat dinner at some points and missed shows as a result etc.

Other than those minor items the cruise was incredible. Highly recommended! Less

Published 09/14/11

Cabin review: IX Inside

Cabin was small, but honestly it got the job done. Slept extremely well all nights and the bed was overall solid. The channel selection on the TV was limited as it only had like 4 channels: FOX news, ESPN, E!, BBC, but it did force you to go out and about the boat.

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Port and Shore Excursions

I went with the port I thought was stir up cay. Lacked authentic experience since port was owned by NCL.

Very nice port where one can get that Bahama experience. Only knock is lack of non beach like excursions. Bottom boat was solid, but Atlantis? Funny leaving one vacation type resort to go to a new one.

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I actually love Orlando other than other folks because of the multitude of options for excursions. You can do beach stuff (Cocoa), you can do interesting tours (Kennedy space center, Aligator boat etc) and you have some of the best theme parks in the country with Universal and Disney. Everyone should be pleased with the options at this port.

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