These Norwegian Gem mid-ship staterooms sleep up to four guests and come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a convertible sofa pulls out to sleep two more. Also includes a sitting area and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open to a private balcony with a great view. Because they are mid-ship, you'll have easy access to everything on board.
Cabin was very small and tight for a balcony room. Not very user friendly. Paint was peeling and flaking off on the balcony and falling on us as we sat there. Cabin steward was excellent. Friendly, polite and a very hard worker. She was the only high point of this trip. Read entire member review >>
Plenty of room for two people. The steward was extremely helpful and made sure we had everything. He kept the room clean an spotless. Having a balcony is worth the extra. Coffee in the morning out on the balcony is the best way to start the day. Read entire member review >>
For a small space, every square inch was cleverly used with more-than ample storage for everything we needed and more. I found the cabin very comfortable and pleasant. Having the balcony was lovely! Read entire member review >>
The cabin struck as small when compared to an NCL mini-suite or to a Celebrity Veranda cabin. The cabin Is near the elevator but there was never any noise with the exception of kids running in the hallway. There is adequate storage. The TV is small and the content is very limited. During the cruise we were asked by the room steward if NCL could access out cabin to change the carpeting. We gave our okay and were told they would do this the next day. Later that day we received a letter informing us that this would take place from 3:00PM to 5:00PM the next day. On the next day we returned to our cabin at 1:15PM ti discover they were changing our carpet and we could not access the cabin. Read entire member review >>
Our veranda cabin - small is an understatement. Barely 18” from the foot of the bed to the wall and maybe 9” on one side of the bed to the wall housing a night table the length of the phone. The opposite side of the bed butted against a small couch. The overall lighting was poor and there were no reading lights over the bed. If you close the sliding door to the toilet it becomes claustrophobic. The lighting in the shower was also poor. Our cabin steward did a great job. The missing little amenities on the Gem -
bathrobe, slippers, chocolate at turndown and the condensed version of the New York Times - was in stark contrast to the other ships on which we cruised. Yes, we were greeted by a towel animal nightly.
The veranda was poorly maintained. Standing water, dirt, stains and rust everywhere. Not an enjoyable place to sit and enjoy the ocean or read a book. The plexiglass had not been washed in a very long time. Read entire member review >>
Small but nice. The sofa could be a little more comfortable, but probably because it converts to a bed that might not be possible. It's well equipped and there's plenty of room for clothes and luggage. Read entire member review >>
Great room, clean and comfortable with plenty of storage space for our clothes in 4 drawers and floor to ceiling shelves. There was room under the bed for the two suitcases. Toilet room was a bit tight. Read entire member review >>
Seemed small for a balcony room compared to other cruis lines we have been on. My room was clean and room service was good but others in group had issues with room not properly cleaned after previous passengers departed. Bathroom feels small due to the design but otherwise nice. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was mid ship. Our steward (EXSAN) was our gem on the GEM. He anticipated every need and our room was pristine every day and night. He was like a part of the family before we left. Read entire member review >>
Having been in several mid-ship balcony cabins with NCL. I was immediately struck with how the built-in furniture was flipped from the entry with the balcony door area built-ins.. I asked my steward about this, and he replied it got flipped about a month ago.
The first two nights all was OK. The third night we had a crosswind. The ship was rolling some. We had creaking noises that was loud enough to be heard with earplugs in, and balcony door open. I determined it was coming from the flipped cabinets near the balcony door. I could not push on the piece by the door, and effect the noise. Reported to guest services, and to steward. No resolution of the issue. If ship had some roll, we had the creaking.
Also i thought cabin service was not up to norm. I asked our steward about his assistants. Replied NCL had stopped doing it. Read entire member review >>
Great cabin with conveniently located to the mid-ship elevators and stairs. Our cabin attendant, Angelo, was friendly and attentive, offering to help with whatever we needed. We packed light for this trip, and found both cabin and bath storage plentiful, and would have been fine even if we had brought more. The decor is pleasant and classy, the bed was comfy enough, and I certainly had no trouble sleeping, whether after a long active day in port or a lazy day at sea. The balcony was spacious enough for 2 people, with a small table and 2 chairs. Read entire member review >>
Just great! No excessive noise except a couple nights after late parties. I believe the noise came from the closest stairs, midship. Handy to midship & aft stairs and dining. Supplied toiletries are great...light, citrusy fragrance (and I am the worst about fragrances). Shut the shower door to avoid rattling. Pushing all the hangers together and draping a bathrobe over them stopped hanger rattle. Great views of ports from the balcony. Port side gives you views of Lady Liberty on your way back in to New York if you get up early enough! Read entire member review >>
I traveled alone and for me the cabin was great. It would be tight for two but manageable. There is only room for one suitcase under the bed. The décor is a little seventy-ish but clean, very well laid out, good attention to detail like lots of hooks to dry things. One entrance bath; toilet area is very tight, shower is roomy, sink area very well laid out. Bed had a funky mattress but was adequate. The porch was the same size as my room on the Epic but was dirty; they said they were going to clean it but never did. I read that there is not adequate light to read in bed; not so, plenty of light for same. Would recommend this room to others. Read entire member review >>
We are a family of 3 and compared to Carnival and DISNEY, we found the cabin smaller, especially if the extra bed was out. Bathroom small. Split in 3 sections, flush with door, smaller than a closet, sink with 3 small shelves and virtually no counter space, shower pretty good with shampoo and body was and great water pressure, but dark. Our shower door also rattled non stop, so we found keeping it closed helped. Nice towels and face cloths. We asked the housekeeper if he would empty fridge, so we could store our pop, etc. I loved having coffee maker in cabin, but preferred the coffee cream from buffet, so I stored it in fridge. No chocolates every night like other cruises. TV channels blah... 3 news ones that only gave you top of the day politics. One movie channel and one tv. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was perfect for us. We had an adjoining room with my sister and that made the trip nice for all of us. You need to do something about the lighting. We are readers and it is really too dark to read in bed. I had to use the light on my phone. Need a weather channel on the TV. It would also be nice if the programming was listed somewhere so we would know what TV programs and what movies are on. I know we did not go on a cruise to watch TV but sometimes it is nice to watch. Music channels would be a nice touch. You know, classical, Country Western, pop, Broadway etc. Our room was quiet except for the hangers clanging but we fixed that! Read entire member review >>
Average, nothing to rave about. Television reception and availability was terrible considering all the modern technology available. Room service charge after a certain time and charges for normal items seems to be a nice and dime tactic. Read entire member review >>
This was a great cabin! It was small but manageable, with a very comfortable bed and plenty of room to store clothing and personal items. Nice balcony with two chairs and a table. The best thing I have to say about the room, though, was the shower. It was large by cabin standards, with very hot water and great water pressure. The bathroom itself was a bit larger than I've ever had in a balcony cabin. I think they may have taken a bit of room from the cabin for the bathroom, which was fine with me, as I have always found the showers on a cruise ship claustrophobic. The room was very quiet and in a great location for the stairs/elevators, far enough off that area to be quiet but close enough that we didn't have to walk far to get there. I highly recommend this cabin! Read entire member review >>
It was clean, well,kept by Erickson. we had some technical problems when we first got there, burnt out light bulbs, few other minor problems, no heat or AC first night, but all was taken care of within 24 hours.
Room situated in a great place midship.
Loved having a balcony.
Always clean and well taken care of. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was a mid-ship balcony. The room was tight for 3 people especially when the sofa bed was set up at night. The only way to get to the balcony then was to climb across that bed. My DD had to crawl across the king bed to get to the bathroom. There was ample closet and storage space. Our room steward, Rommel, was great. He greeted us by name and each evening asked how our day was. His towel animals delighted us each night. Read entire member review >>
Balcony room: It was small- the two of us, who are not large people, couldn't navigate the room together. The balcony was nice to have, we're used to inside staterooms.
The bathroom: Shower was ok, they supplied shower gel and shampoo in a wall dispenser. I used my own. The toilet was extremely tight fitting. My husband is 6ft and had an awful time using it. Space under the sink was ok. Hooks on the door was great.
The bed: it was ok; comfy. There was an indent of left and right sides of the bed and going right down the middle was a lump dividing us. Strange.
Storage: Standard luggage was able to fit under the bed or in the closet. The closet was a good size.
We were only 2, but you can fit 4 people in this room. Very tightly. There is a Murphy bed from the ceiling near the balcony, and the little couch pulls out to be a bed.
The room steward Sal is super fast and loved the towel animals he left us. Every time he saw me, he made it a point to say hello and use my first name. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was a good size for two people, very well appointed with a comfortable bed. Nice quiet room with balcony to sit and relax. Mid ship location made it very quick and easy to reach most things on board. Cabin steward was excellent. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was small. Bathroom too small/narrow. Well appointed, very comfortable bed, but small.
Remote control battery needed replacing. Left request but steward did not change.
When attendants and servers know that gratuities are included in our charges, their level of attention is not the same. Tips should be earned, not expected. Read entire member review >>
Good quiet cabin choice, easy access to mid elevators or back elevators, although we tend to walk the stairs..Clean, great hot shower, slightly tight bathroom, but functional. Lighting is a issue, on the dark side, so for woman and application of makeup, etc, a liitle more light would be helpful. Seems tight for storage when you first enter, but really is ample for two people. Tv is too small, and the programming/movies are poor and old....but you are supposed to be out and about. Has MSNBC/Fox news/CNBC/BBC?ESPN/ Nick. Balcony is slightly small but adequate for sitting and reading or drinking.... Read entire member review >>
Mid ship is a good place to be if you are sensitive to movement. We were starboard so had a nice view of the pilot jumping fro. The ship to the pilot boat. The room is small, but it functional. The room starts to seem bigger the longer you stay in it. There is a coffee maker, mini bar and small t.v. Read entire member review >>
There was a little confusion on whether our room was Mid-Ship or Fwd. I booked midship (BA) with Costco Travel but our baggage tags said FWD and the map aboard said Midship. I felt it was midship. We were 4 to a room. Beds are not comfortable and the sofa bed is really uncomfortable. The room had a lot of furniture which made it difficult to fit 4 people but the Steward informed us we could move stuff out to the balcony. The balcony was nice it had enough room for 3 chairs (which 1 chair was from the room) and a table from the room. Made for great foot stool. The bathroom has a small room for the toilet which is a waste (it is extremely tiny - worse than a restroom in a NYC dive) and then a sink area and then a small shower with a sliding door to close it in. Nice format but it made it way too tiny. Hard to dress in.There is a decent size closet and shelves but only 3 drawers. The fridge is loaded with things to purchase, but you can have the Steward empty it so you can put your own stuff in, which is what we did. Read entire member review >>
The mid-ship balcony cabin was very nice. There was plenty of space for the two of us. It would be nice if they provided more drawer space but there were plenty of shelves and hangers. The location of the room was great for people with limited walking ability to get around the ship. The three compartment bathroom is a poor design. Tall or large people have a difficult time using the facilities. We met people who said they had to use public bathrooms due to the small space. It is not a good set-up for claustrophobic people. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was fine. The cabin stewart was attentive, and kept it clean. Typical midship balcony. Only wish the people next door would of behaved themselves better. Loud music till 5 am? Really?! Well, like they say, you can't choose your neighbors. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was midship starbord side - we generally request the same cabin each time given it's convenient proximity to the stairs and elevators. We find this cabin (10098) to be perfect for the three of us and there's more than enough space for all our clothes, etc, in the cubby holes and we always store our luggage under the bed to keep the room less cluttered. Our room steward "Dedy" was phenominal. He was always pleasant and no request was too mundane or bothersome for him. A simple request for water in a pitcher was met with great enthusiasm and we never were thirsty or lacked ice or anything else on our cruise. NCL needs to "clone" Dedy! In a word he was wonderful! Read entire member review >>
The stateroom on Deck 10 was small and closet/storage space limited. The cabin was in very good condition and was maintained spotless by the steward. The hallway was very quiet. Read entire member review >>
Balcony room, bed comfortable, TV shows and movies were repeated throughout the ten days. Closet was decent size. Bathroom toilet started to smell on 3rd day of a porta potty even though it looked clean. Balcony door would not stay closed without locking the child lock. Read entire member review >>
Room is small but adequate. Bathroom is reasonable size, standard closet for most cabins. We had 6 pieces of luggage for 3 people. We were able to totally unpack and stow all luggage under the bed, and hang dress clothes. Plenty of drawer and shelf space for all the rest. For the price not bad at all. Very quiet room, balcony was nice, could fit 4 chairs if needed. We had connecting rooms, so we put all the chairs on one balcony so the adults could sit together during sunset times. Read entire member review >>
Closet was good size. We did bring hangers from home because there are never enough on any cruise we have taken. Our room was great, right off the elevator and never bothered by noise. Balcony a good size, however, if you have smokers next door and you are not a smoker you will be very disappointed. Bed very comfortable. Our safe was locked when we got there but fixed right away. Size of the safe quite big, holds a lot. Bathroom adequate. Read entire member review >>
Great Balcony, but smoking policy needs to be changed to NO SMOKING ALLOWED. Deck chairs on pool deck above DO make noise when being dragged but was never a factor of waking us up early or disturbing us in any way. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 10120. Mid-ship balcony. Standard cabin. A bit small after being in a Mini-suite. Not much in the flat space catagory to put things down. I prefer the BB cabins further aft. Closer to the stairway/elevators and buffet. Mini-suites are worth the extra bucks if you can afford it. Read entire member review >>
Not enough storage but there is always under the bed. The balcony room is not real usable once they pull the bed out of the ceiling and pull the sofa out. The ladder to the bunk is a pain and always in the way. The room feels really small for 4 but would be nice for 2. Read entire member review >>
We were very happy with Stateroom 10606. More than enough room for our needs. It was in a great location with easy access to the elevators. The only complaint that we had is that you could hear toilets from other staterooms. We had never experience that situation before. Read entire member review >>
Our cabin was nice - spacious enough for the two of us. The bathroom was nicer than I remember from other ships in the past and in my opinion it was a very decent size. Replacing shower curtains with shower doors as they have done on the Gem was wonderful.
Our balcony was great - big enough for the two of us to sit out there with drinks and watch the sunset (or with coffee in the morning for the sunrise). The ONLY problem with our balcony was when folks in the nearby cabins used their balcony to smoke. It was so bad that sometimes we had to come inside - the smoke was literally coming at us from both sides. With the upcoming restrictions (January, I believe), when folks will no longer be able to smoke in their cabin - the smoking issue on the balcony will be even worse. The only solution I can see to this, if they don't want to completely prohibit smoking on the balconies, would be to have one side of the ship smoking, and the other side non-smoking. The next best scenario would be to have big sections of balcony cabins as smoke-free - that would at least help the situation a bit. Read entire member review >>
The cabin was small. It was reasonably quiet (except for the occasional rowdy teens running up and down the hall). The storage was adequate. Bed was comfortable. We were finally able to enjoy a balcony as we weren't surrounded by smoking passengers which was great. Cruise ships should really group smokers in one section where they won't effect the non-smokers. Read entire member review >>
Cabin was very clean and quiet. We could hear people in the next cabins when they were on their balconies, but not from inside the rooms. There was no noise from above or below areas. Lots of storage space and plenty of space for a couple. Read entire member review >>
Great Balcony but depending on what 2 rooms you get, the dividing door can be a bother when opened. Some of the rooms have the sliding door to the balcony facing each other. So no matter which way you put the divider it is blocking someones entrance to their balcony. Read entire member review >>
Deck 10 mid balcony. Great location easy to walk up or down stairs to eat or go to the pool instead of having to wait for elevators. The balcony has just enough room for 2. The room had good lighting and plenty of storage space. The bathroom was 3 compartments: toilet sink and shower, which made it easier for 2 of us to use at once if necessary. The bed was very comfortable, linens were high quality. Shampoo and body wash were provided in the shower, as well as a little clothes line for wet bathing suits. The water pressure was very strong. I actually had to adjust it down because it stung my skin. Read entire member review >>
Great mid ship balcony location. Quiet location. This cabin was on the Starboard (right) side of the ship...next time when leaving NYC I will select the Port (left) side of the ship to sail by the Statue of Liberty on the last day of our cruise as on the first day we are up on deck anyway!! Read entire member review >>
we were really happy with our cabin location mid ship on deck 9. Only a few decks up or down to where we wanted to be so we used the stairs rather than the elevator. We are sensitive to noise and this is a very quiet cabin. The only noise we heard was some kids running down the hallway every evening but that was very brief. We had families with small babies all around us but weren't disturbed at all. We also did not hear any plumbing noises or cabin doors slamming. Make sure the balcony door is shut properly or you will hear rattling all night. Might be a good idea to ask steward to show you how to properly secure it. Read entire member review >>
Cabin 10106, mid ship, balcony. Plenty of room for our week's worth of clothes in drawers, on shelves and in closet. I did not like where the full length mirror was located by bed. You couldn't step back and look at yourself very well. The toilet area was small and not good for long legged people. Bed was comfortable. Fridge was small. Balcony was decent size. TV was tiny and very very limited channels. Liked the mirror on wall behind the head of the bed. Read entire member review >>
We had a balcony room for four people. Well the drop down bed from the ceiling was parallel to the balcony which blocked the view of the ocean. :( I had hope to see the ocean at night. Just seemed like more bad planning. Read entire member review >>
Balcony cabin was the standard that we are use to. The bathroom layout on the NCL Gem was somewhat roomier than those on the Royal Caribbean ships. When we first started to unpack I noticed a thick layer of dust on all the top shelves of the wardrobe area. Also the dust ruffle on the bed looked like it had been used to mop the side of the ship. We notified the steward of the discrepancies and he immediately took care of these problems.
After the first day at sea, a very rough one, we noticed that all of a sudden the frame around the sliding glass door started to intermittently pop while we were trying to sleep. After 3 sleepless nights and 3 maintenance men we finally ended up with all the hardware surrounding the door loosened and a large paint stick jammed through the handle of the sliding glass door in order to stop the noise. Read entire member review >>
9078 - mid ship - immaculate. Lots of space for us to unpack for 4 people. Tip: use luggage bags that will fold flat, and put them under the bed. This left us with lots of shelf and floor space. Extra fold-down bearth in the room, which we did not anticipate, meant that each boy had their own bed. Main bed was amazingly comfortable. Bathrooms were very functional, despite their size. Room was located mid-way between the fore and mid-ship elevators, so there was minimal traffic by our door. Never heard a peep though the walls - hope our neighbours can say the same. Read entire member review >>
This room was perfect. I had a nice size balcony with two chairs and a table. It is a forward cabin. The cabin has it's own coffee maker. The bed was very comfortable. There is a small sofa and coffee table. A straight back chair - kinda like what you would find in a schoolroom. There is a small vanity area with its own light and were the electric plug is located. There is a little stool under the vanity. This is also where the hair dryer is located. I like the fact that the shower had a sliding door not a curtain. I kept the water in and the floor dry. The toilette also has a sliding door for privacy.
The only down fall is with everything that is in this room there isn't alot of room to move around in. I'm a solo traveler so I didn't mind it so much. But I could see falling over each other if there were two or more in the room. Read entire member review >>
We had a balcony cabin with an unobstructed view. It was very small compared to other balcony cabins we have had on the same cruise line (different ships). The bathroom was so small you practically had to be a contortionist to use the toilet. When you got out of the shower you had to open the bathroom door to dry off because there wasn't enough room between the door and the sink to move around. Read entire member review >>
Great balcony, not much storage or outlets. Glad we brought a power strip and extension cord. Great blow dryer. Better like to walk because you are right in the middle between forward and midship. Have to walk for elevators either way, but it was nice and quiet. Read entire member review >>
My wife had booked a balcony cabin which was located on deck 10, both of us felt this was the smallest balcony cabin we have ever had on any cruise ship. We ended up having to rearrange some of the furniture to give us some extra room, not well designed. There was only one bedside table which consisted of 2 open shelves, no drawer. Read entire member review >>
cabin very centrally situated. Quiet cabin lots of storage space. American and European sockets. Coffee maker provided and bath robes. Small fridge. Safe. Good seating area. Could be awkward getting past each other when using the European plug for hair tongs etc as mirror is close to this. Balcony good size two chairs and small table.Has a light outside. TV only has Skynews unless you want to pay to watch a movie. Comfortable bed, plenty of pillows. Good shower, shower gel and shampoo provided. Read entire member review >>
We were in cabin 10066, a balcony cabin mid ship. Although it was not on the port side of the ship, we happened to be the side facing the ports other than departing from Venice. Would stay in this room again in a heartbeat. Read entire member review >>
Adequate room for the three of us though we needed the beds separated upon arrival. Little storage for suitcases, typical two-part motel hangers, I brought my own. Tiny fridge but the steward must remove their overpriced things to utilize. Balcony okay with two chairs and a small table. We did string a line for clothes drying as the one in the shower was too small. Best thing about the cabin, to my way of thinking, is the divided bathroom. Central sink/mirror with a sliding door shower to the left and sliding door commode on the right. Nice shower fixture with great water pressure. Brought our own soaps, shampoos etc. Read entire member review >>
We had a cabin mid ship. It was very quiet. We had adjoining rooms with my in-laws and we opened the balcony door so we could all sit out side and have a drink together. It is supposed to be closed when moving, but we opened it when we wanted and shut it when we left the balcony. Read entire member review >>
Rooms are smaller than you may find on many other ships. Small bathrooms. Hallways are not wide enough for side by side strollers. Parents of small children - chose rooms close to elevators! Read entire member review >>
Welcome to Cruise Critic; we're happy you decided to register to become a Cruise Critic Member.
Important: Do Not Use Your REAL NAME as your USER NAME
Important: Please disable your email verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Please add @cruisecritic.com to your email safelist.
Please respect that this is a MODERATED community for people who absolutely LOVE cruise travel or want to learn about cruise travel.
Registration to Cruise Critic's Cruise Community is free! We require that you use a valid e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address before you are allowed to login and post on the boards. Again, please disable your spamblocking or verification software so that you receive our activation e-mail. Also, as a member of Cruise Critic you will receive copies of our weekly newsletter plus our "Cruise Sails" and one "Member Offer" mailing. Should you not want to continue to receive these e-mailings, simply unsubscribe by following the directions in the newsletter. By agreeing to become a member, you are agreeing to receipt of our newsletters.
Additionally, we do insist that you abide by the rules and policies detailed at this link: Community Guidelines.
This is a moderated Community. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions of this Web site and do not wish to be bound by them, please do not use this Web site or continue the registration process. Cruise Critic reserves the right to remove any content in its sole discretion. Additionally, if you violate our Community Guidelines you may lose your posting privileges -- permanently -- without warning. By continuing the registration you are agreeing to the terms
These are moderated message boards. What this means is that we do our best to remove all objectionable messages from the boards. It also means that you cannot say whatever you'd like on the forums. If you are looking for an "anything goes" setting, Cruise Critic might not be the place for you. Understand, too, that our community is comprised of folks who LOVE to cruise. It therefore stands to reason that they will have a favorite cruise line or port of call -- in other words, they are "fans" and will sometimes take offense when a brand new member has arrived on the scene to bash a cruise line.
Keep in mind that we do not prescreen posts so there may be a period of time when an inappropriate post is visible. Please use the Report A Post icon located in the UPPER right hand corner of each posting if you wish to report a violation of our Community Guidelines. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of Cruise Critic Message Board Forums, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message.
By agreeing to these rules, you warrant that you will not post any messages that are obscene, vulgar, sexually-orientated, hateful, threatening, are in violation of our Community Guidelines or otherwise violative of any laws.
Cruise Critic reserves to right to remove, edit, move or close any thread (discussion) for any reason from the forums without warning. or notification to the Community. Additionally, we also reserve the right to deny posting privileges to any member at our sole discretion.
You hereby grant Cruise Critic the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display any message posted in our message board community (in whole or in part) worldwide and/or to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.
Our mission is to provide a haven on the Internet free of harassment and advertising for our community members' enjoyment. Any company or person(s) that interfere with that mission risk losing their posting privileges.
If you have any questions about how our community is moderated, please address them to our Community Manager via e-mail at email@example.com. Please do not post on the boards.