Norwegian Gem Cruise Review by tiskismet
- Sail Date: February 2012
- Destination: Bahamas
- Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony
As for the ship - there were parts that seemed a little worn or faded, although it was extremely clean. The buffets were good with a big variety - albeit, not amazing. The BBQs by the pool were excellent. The shows were very good, with lots of variety. My daughter enjoyed the kid's club (she is 9) - although I really wish they didn't enter through the really little kid's area - I think it turns off the older kids. Because we had booked a penthouse suite, we had access to Cagney's for breakfast and lunch - it was REALLY wonderful. We also did 3 specialty dinners, all were excellent. We did Cagneys Steak House, Tappanyaki Japanese, and Moderno's (on it's 2nd night open).
We had spa passes for the week. I was disappointed not to use mine more, but that was really my own fault for not wanting to leave my daughter at the kid's club too much. I think I would skip it next time, unless I am not cruising with kids. My husband did use his pass and the spa people really went out of their way to make it as useful for him as possible given his limited mobility.
Great Stirrup Cay was fun. The snorkeling was easy and good for my 9 year old. They are working on the island, so it is a bit weird in that you feel a little like you're in a construction zone at times - I assume that will be improving, though.
All in all - it was a really Great cruise!
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Beach BreakFrustrating! We booked this because their site said they are accessible for wheelchairs on the dolphin encounter (not the swim). The transport boat was not even close to being accessible - so he couldn't even start off with us. They wanted him to step on a rocking boat, over a large cement curb, onto an orange crate, then onto the boat..with no rails. There was just NO WAY. He had signed up for the observer program which was indicated as accessible, yet the orientation was at the top of a flight of stairs with no access. The encounter which was also labeled accessible, was at the bottom of a ladder. My daughter and I had to leave him behind - my daughter was bitterly disappointed. The encounter itself was great, and while the lagoon is beautiful, it is very shallow and the beach scene is very contrived with a miniature fake Caribbean village backdrop. I would have just preferred local flora and fauna...but that's just me.View All 145 Beach Break Reviews