6 Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Bahamas from New York (Manhattan)

The cruise is great, should be perfect if we spend 2 days at Nassau instead one! The Great Stirrup Cay Island is gorgeous, we love it... BUT the swimming with the pigs tour was ridiculous! You pay $109 per person to feed the pigs, they are ... Read More
The cruise is great, should be perfect if we spend 2 days at Nassau instead one! The Great Stirrup Cay Island is gorgeous, we love it... BUT the swimming with the pigs tour was ridiculous! You pay $109 per person to feed the pigs, they are NOT at the beach at all! They made a gate and space for them but it’s very commercial, they are not free... You don’t swim with them at all, this is fake add! You see them, you feed them, pad them and that’s it! Very expensive for what they offer! Beside that we like it everything else! Just wish to spend more time in Bahamas... for me FL stop wasn’t worth at all... We are there for Bahamas, and Florida was just a waste of time! ;/ It’s a great Cruise, they just have to improve somethings... How about a partnership with Atlantis as well? Could be great.... Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
yes it was a long queue when we check in but still not annoying . during the week all things went well with enjoyment .the food was delicious with variety of selections . the entertainment was excellent , the staff were great . the last ... Read More
yes it was a long queue when we check in but still not annoying . during the week all things went well with enjoyment .the food was delicious with variety of selections . the entertainment was excellent , the staff were great . the last day when we left the cruise was so difficult because the queue was too long and we got afraid we may lose our flight . our flight was 12:30 noon and till 9 am we r still in the cruise and sorry to say that no help and support from the staff to our case although I told the guest service office about our flight time and they said that it will be no crowd but thanks god that we reach the airport easily . there was no traffic jam , may be because it was Saturday .. I wish the cruise notice that in the future and give priority or special gate for people who has early flights Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I meant to write this quite some time ago but as usual back to land and back to work and life's every day doings. Let me preface this by saying I have been cruising for 19 years now. I have sailed on everything from Carnival to ... Read More
I meant to write this quite some time ago but as usual back to land and back to work and life's every day doings. Let me preface this by saying I have been cruising for 19 years now. I have sailed on everything from Carnival to Disney to Celebrity to NCL most recently. However, I miss Carnival and looking forward to going back next Oct! I am a single woman late 30's - again also just for reference. The Norwegian Gem is such an amazing ship, the refurb was beautiful, I did enjoy the new look of it especially the photo area. Very hip, crisp and fresh. The food this time around was excellent, can't say enough about it. We dined twice at Teppanyaki and both times were excellent! Love the Green Tea Ice Cream for dessert and we were even there for a proposal the 2nd time! We also ate at Cagney's my personal favorite, service was above par La Cucina we ate 2 nights there, food and service were great as was our server, he took very good care of us both nights! We did also eat at Sheehan's the 24 hour "Diner" as I refer to it, sorry I am from New Jersey. it was good, but wish they did have a better variety of choices before it changed I thought the menu was a bit better. We had beautiful weather for the week a little bit of rain in Nassau but we found cover and all was fine within 15 minutes. We had a lovely Balcony cabin an Excellent room Steward, he gave us great Towel Animals every night and used props from our room!! I loved it!! One of our other favorite parts of the Norwegian Gem was the Thermal Suite, I feel it is the best one so far on NCL ( have not been on the Getaway or Escape ) Never felt crowded and love those hot stone chairs and the hydro pool, so very relaxing. Well worth the money for the week. We were there everyday. If you want to relax what a great way to do it! We did not go to any of the Big shows in the Stardust theatre as they have not changed since the first time I cruise on the Gem ( this was my 5th time on this ship) However, we did enjoy the entertainment in the Spinnaker Lounge, that was where we spent most of our evenings, good game shows, good parties. Very enjoyable and Cesar the Bartender is THE BEST!!! We met him the first day at the Pool and he was the head guy and he took excellent care of us, even if we just wanted a Club Soda with Lemon. he saw me coming up to the bar and he gave me a nod and a smile and I nodded back and he had my Club soda with Lemon all ready My only disappointment this time was the overall entertainment and cruise staff. We were spoiled because on our last cruise on the Gem we had the top Team on NCL and they were fantastic, this time around not as great and I felt it was missing something. Now they may have not had a lot of experience either so they might have been just trying to find their place. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Excellent service! crew was extremely nice n willing to help all ! Very organized ! Norwegian have thought of everything as far as comfort to washing sand off your feet to a wet cold wash clothes to wash off your face n hands after a day ... Read More
Excellent service! crew was extremely nice n willing to help all ! Very organized ! Norwegian have thought of everything as far as comfort to washing sand off your feet to a wet cold wash clothes to wash off your face n hands after a day on the beach n excursions! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
First time on NCL for my partner and me, and I think the Gem was a good 1st choice on the cruise line. We've sailed on Holland America, RCCL, and Princess in the past. The ship overall created a very positive cruise experience and the ... Read More
First time on NCL for my partner and me, and I think the Gem was a good 1st choice on the cruise line. We've sailed on Holland America, RCCL, and Princess in the past. The ship overall created a very positive cruise experience and the ship is clean, well-maintained (with some rust here and there, it's 8 years old), and for the most part the staff is pleasant. They do try to create a nice cruise experience for everyone, however many are by no means eager to please. Check-in was congested yet organized, which took about an hour from the marina walk-in to on the ship; check-out was faster/smoother than all other cruise line check-out's we've been on--it took about 20min. As stated above, the Gem is clean & well-maintained But the age is showing and the details will wear as expected. If coming on this ship for a honeymoon, anniversary or what not, this could affect it if it matters to you! Also, staff working on board are hard-working and very pleasant. However some of them are not service-oriented, never smile, and are borderline unapproachable. This happened to us many times during our cruise. The evening shows star at 7 and 9 pm, while the main dining rooms close at 9:30 at the latest. The line's scheduling is definitely not convenient for late diners. The entertainment was hit and miss. The comedian was meh, the duo acrobats were excellent, the world tour was very good, the 2nd city was meh, the 60's/70's musical was bad, and the ballroom rush dancers were meh. The choreography we've seen on Princess and RC are MUCH better and have more thought put into them. The shows on the Gem could have had more work done in them. Room stewards were pleasant enough. We presented half of the tip to our housekeeper, Patrick, to make sure he stayed consistent. Each day we had replaced towels and wash cloths, with a nice towel animal on our bed at the end of the day. However, there were spots of dust that didn't go away in certain areas I kept an eye on, particularly in the bathroom. Also, the glasses he replaced were somewhat dirty. Other than that, he was superb. In general the food was very good. The variety was plentiful onboard, particularly in the buffet where we ate most meals through the day. It had different nationalities which were either a hit or a miss.. for example, the pizza was a thin-crust delight, and the Indian dishes were well seasoned, however the breakfast options were always repetitive, boring. O'Sheehans, the Pub-themed complimentary place, has some great items and some not so much. The cheesecake brownie, for example, is award-winning, while the fish and chips was like a soggy corndog (?). The Gem's cakes are superb except the chocolate ones taste-wise. There are great baking skills onboard. The pool area food on the ship was very good as well, and the grain and bean salads were nice (one was with quinoa, nice surprise), particularly the burgers--and I don't even eat burgers that often. Blue cheese and bacon burgers with arugula lettuce? Yes, please :) The main dining rooms were all we needed to go to as the food was so pleasant. There was Magenta and the Grand Pacific. The Magenta is smaller and more hip, however the service is glacial in speed, and the portions there are just too small (Even by European standards). The Grand Pacific was always satisfying for lunch and dinner. I had one of the best salmon dishes I've ever had while dining there for lunch. Anyway, stick with the GP and you'll always be satisfied. PS: be extra nice to the Maitre'd, Samuel. He will always give you a table with a view! The Great Outdoors is wonderful. We spent all mornings, afternoons and nights there! The Gym is very nicely kept. Not too small, kind of worn equipment, but otherwise a nice view. They even have a sauna room with lockers across from the weight room, free to use. If you have kids or teens in your group, you will be VERY happy with the ship's accommodations for youngsters. They have a lot of amenities on the ship itinerary just for them. If you are single, you'll feel more comfortable than you'd think with all of the ship's mingling efforts in the adult lounge and bars throughout the cruise. The library is pin-drop quiet. It's a great place to go and pick up a book (during open section hours) and unwind a little from the noise. The game room is right next to the library. It's very popular from what I saw. Their private island (Great Stirrup Cay) is VERY nice. We went snorkeling there (brought our own gear, much cheaper that way). The coral reefs were taken care of and there were a nice variety of fish large and small, rogues and schools alike. It was better than being harassed/nickeled & dimed at Nassau, that's for sure! The passengers were a mix of conservatives and large personalities. Nobody was too keen to go on the dance floor, though. This isn't a Princess cruise, but it's definitely not the vibe known on a Carnival cruise, either. Anywho, most of the guests kept to themselves, pretending to ignore others. But if you approach them they are nice and pleasant for a few minutes chat. As far as making friends go, you have to break the ice a little with them or get a few drinks going to loosen them up. That's kind of the vibe on the Gem, or maybe NCL in general. Other issues: *Servers push drinks because they automatically ring up an 18% gratuity. Even though you already paid the $12.95 pppn onboard gratuity. What's the deal? *AVOID the art showing! It's a scam and is certainly not worth the free glass of champagne! *There's a divide between the Haven and the rest of the ship, where the lobby/pool for them is so cramped to the point where they have to go to the pool deck where the rest of us are. *The Real Deal band on the pool deck was WAY too loud, and nobody was dancing on the deck because there was too little room. *The Nickelodeon team get-together was unsuccessful. There was no Spongebob, no characters at all. Only people in orange shirts, what a drag. There was no more than a dozen kids, barely anyone wanted to participate. Are you getting the overall passenger personality, now? *The NCL captain is very sarcastic, which is funny and all, but on every other cruise line that position is taken seriously. Plus, he's always on stage or doing activities here and there on the ship, instead of being in the bridge where he should be. Why is the captain of NCL treated like a "celebrity", while the captains on other cruise lines are more professional? *The staff got tired of us as the cruise went on, even though we really appreciated them. *The food was overall very good, however there were many bad items. For example: 70% of the desserts were tasteless, especially most of the chocolate desserts (they didn't even taste of chocolate, no joke!). The best quality food, ironically, was served at Great Stirrup Cay. *It seemed like EVERYTHING on the ship had a nominal fee, from a ship tour to playing bingo. So, for thrifty passengers there was little to do as a result. So there you go, hope you got some good information from our review! We might just go on another cruise with NCL, as they have good value. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
To begin, let me say that this was a spur of the moment trip, on a ship that was supposed to be dry docked because of upgrades. Hopefully these upgrades have been finished, and the ship has improved. During the duration of the trip, there ... Read More
To begin, let me say that this was a spur of the moment trip, on a ship that was supposed to be dry docked because of upgrades. Hopefully these upgrades have been finished, and the ship has improved. During the duration of the trip, there was some tolerable construction noise during the day. I'm used to it, living in N.Y.C. Like magic, new carpeting would appear every morning. They were working on the new pub, and redoing some of the restaurants. Unfortunately, none were finished during the cruise. Oh, how I wish they had been. The choice of food venues was terrible, as was some of the food. So bad, that the last evening of the cruise, I ended up with food poisoning, not Noro, but bad enough. Something I ate at breakfast, maybe undercooked eggs, or bacon? That was the end of my vacation. Besides the fact the service was not that great at most of the "free" restaurants, the food seemed real sub par. There were only a few "for pay" restaurants open during this cruise (which I have enjoyed on the ships like the NCL Breakaway), but they were always booked. It didn't seem worth it to buy a dinning pass, but maybe I should of. Maybe I would of had a better dining experience. The buffet food was okay, sometimes better than the food in the main DR. Can't really pinpoint anything I truly enjoyed eating. Maybe dessert? Public bathrooms were not always cleaned. I would wait, if I could, to get back to my room. Plenty of space by the pool. The ship must of not been full. Rock climbing wall was being fixed, but no big deal. The shows were good, and so were the get togethers, music, and dance parties. The dance room is small, but luckily the ship wasn't overly crowded. Had fun playing trivia, and watching other games. Usually found something to do, and met up with some really nice people. The ship stopped in Florida, and Nassau, Bahamas. Went to Universal Studios, Florida, and just walked around Nassau since I didn't care for Atlantis, and it was my third time there. I like stopping in Florida. I find something to do, but don't really care for Nassau. The State Department had issued a warning if you went there. There was a spike in robberies. If you go, be on guard, and stay in pairs, or a group. Embarkation/Disembarkation - Typical N.Y.C. They forgot to give me a # at check in, which was quick. Told a guy up front, and he, rudely, shouted a number for me to wait till. Getting off the ship was also quick. I was weak, from the illness, so I just wanted to go home. Took my stuff, and was out by 8. No long lines, thankfully. In conclusion, I hope this ship has greatly improved, and the kinks in the food service have been fixed. It's not a bad ship. Maybe too small for me, but it's nice for a quick cruise somewhere. I don't think I could take a cruise longer than a week on it. I might try it again, in the future. The price would have to be right, and I would watch what I eat. Read Less
Sail Date November 2014
Norwegian Gem Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 4.0 3.7
Entertainment 4.5 3.9
Public Rooms 3.5 4.1
Fitness Recreation 3.5 3.9
Family 4.0 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.6
Enrichment 3.0 3.4
Service 5.0 4.1
Value For Money 5.0 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.8

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