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Norwegian Gem Review

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10 day NCL Gem review out of NY to S. Carribean

Review for Norwegian Gem to the Eastern Mediterranean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Feb 2011
Cabin: Mid-Ship Inside

Just arrived back from 10 day trip on Gem out of NY to southern Caribbean (5 ports). NCL does this cruise 4 times a year. Right up front I will say our last cruise was on Princess and received last minute free upgrade to mini-suite, so hard to compare with inside cabin on this trip. This trip was educational conference so wanted to try and stay within budget with inside cabin, now regret decision.

Unfortunately we got off to rocky start, any one occurrence was fairly minor and probably not worth mentioning, but as these minor occurrences starting piling up so quickly, we were becoming irritated. We are both fairly easy-going and undemanding as we understand the difficulties of catering to 2300 people in close quarters. I initially chalked this up to REALLY needing a vacation but the wondered if the fates were conspiring! Things improved second half.

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Cabin Review

Mid-Ship Inside

Port Reviews

San Juan

Enjoyed! Sunny Saturday afternoon, walked to El Moro (1 mile from port). Enjoyed watching families flying kites and picnicking, saw two weddings. Nice slice of life in Puerto Rico.

St. Thomas

Snorkeled on own at Coki Beach-had a great time and saw lots of fish. Shops close early on Sunday which we didn't know and got there only 30 minutes before they close.


Last visited here 20 or so years ago, was expecting to see some improvement/changes. Still 3rd world, did not enjoy.

St. Maarten

Had a great time, can't wait to go back


Snorkeled on tour in morning, did not get to see rest of island as we were there only for morning. Would like to go back.

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