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Sail Date: February 2018
This was our first time to give cruising a try. We normally only do all inclusive resorts. Since this had drinks included it seemed the time to give it a try. We enjoyed this cruise so much we are ready to try another cruise, maybe ... Read More
This was our first time to give cruising a try. We normally only do all inclusive resorts. Since this had drinks included it seemed the time to give it a try. We enjoyed this cruise so much we are ready to try another cruise, maybe Alaska! Everybody was friendly and the staff was super nice. And we never felt the boat rock, that was another concern. I wish i could remember the name of the comedian they had on board, HE WAS SO FUNNY!! I would go see him if he was anywhere close to home area. The private island was awesome. Beautiful water and we rented a cabana. The Cabana was almost at the very end of the road. Plus side- we had a beach area almost to ourselves. Down side was I have a bad knee that was acting up and it was a l-o-n-g walk to get there. I am sure had I asked for assistance they would have helped me out. We had drinks and food delivered constantly and it was very much worth the extra cost of it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We were told by friends this would be a wonderful way to holiday and it absolutely was. The service and amenities were all outstanding.The food, the beverages. the entertainment were all above expectation. I really enjoyed the variety of ... Read More
We were told by friends this would be a wonderful way to holiday and it absolutely was. The service and amenities were all outstanding.The food, the beverages. the entertainment were all above expectation. I really enjoyed the variety of entertainers, the shows. The opportunity to get off the ship at Great Stirrup Cay was awesome. Again, the service food were above expectations. The relaxing opportunities were great. I liked the fine dining option. We enjoyed Cagney's a great steak and the French dining was also excellent. Nassau was somewhat of a let down as I wanted to spend time on a beach but was left off in a town where there were trinkets and trash being peddled and I really felt sorry for the local people. I had some conch at a Tiki Bar and it was excellent. I didn't like the smoking at the Casino - it was irritating. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
WE choose this cruise because we wanted to try the west coast cruise ports and we also wanted to see the Panama Canal. I have been on many cruises all over the world. The Star was ok ... We had an inside room..Very small.. you had to ... Read More
WE choose this cruise because we wanted to try the west coast cruise ports and we also wanted to see the Panama Canal. I have been on many cruises all over the world. The Star was ok ... We had an inside room..Very small.. you had to wait till your turn to get to the closets..there was no where you could pass each other without bumping... It had great closet space. In fact it is the best of all the cruises I have been on. Plenty of shelves, a large hanging cloths closet, 3 deep drawers, and several shelves with closing doors to hide your personal items. Also there is a small refrigerator ... it comes stocked with a selection of pay as you use . soda/ beer/ wine. If you don't want these things taking of room that you can use for your water bottles ..leave a note for your room attendant to remove them. The bath did not much for shelves. They offer a 4 inch shelf by about 20 inches to hold both your room~mate and your things. There is an larger shelf down below that holds the trash that you can sit some things on. The shower was great with an adjustable & re~moveable hose. There was also a cloths line in the shower you could hang your towels and swim suits on to dry. Bed was okay... a little on the soft side for me..plenty of pillows and clean linens. The young man who took care of tidying our room each day did a wonderful job. Food is always available 24/14... The bar restaurant is open 24 hours.. It offers decent food. We ate there several times...The (free) restaurants offer identical menus... and the taste of the food is on the bland side. The cafeteria serves breakfast, lunch and dinner... but the food looks the same day in and day out... Deserts are again not tasty at all....I never once got a piece of cake that wasn't stale and make with sub par ingredients. I saw several passengers that became angry over the selections of food... no kidding... At least you won't have to worry about dieting when you get home.. Pool ...It is in located just off the cafeteria... Small, offers 12 lounge chairs on each side(one side is for smokers, cough cough)...and about 20 in the length. ( the pool is small and the deck is small because they have used half of it for a water slid which was open about once or twice. There is a more lounge chairs available on the stairs. You must claim a chair practically at sun rise in order to have one... Nighttime entertainment was good... dancers ~singers~ sets were all enjoyable. Several nights they offered a hypnotist that lectured then had the volunteers come down from the audience ... He was very funny. A couple nights they will have a comedy act.. He it also funny and enjoyable to watch..... Only problem with going in the theater was the seats were sooooo . close together... any man over 5' 7'' . had his knees up to his chest..... Casino... don't bother, after the first two nights the casino was like a grave yard,,, except the table games stayed active.. If you are a beach lover this is not the cruise for you... except for 2 stops ~ . otherwise the beach is there but so dangerous you can't get in... Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
The crew/staff were very friendly and energetic. There was always something to do on board, Trivia, bingo, relaxing by the pool or sundeck. And of course you could always find good food somewhere on the ship. And the entertainment was ... Read More
The crew/staff were very friendly and energetic. There was always something to do on board, Trivia, bingo, relaxing by the pool or sundeck. And of course you could always find good food somewhere on the ship. And the entertainment was the best we've seen yet. These people work hard to make sure you have a good time. Our itinerary was changed due to the hurricanes but we had a great time and enjoyed the islands we went to. The service in the main dining rooms was a little slow but some may like that. The food was very good anywhere we ate. The ship and cabin were clean. We didn't travel with children but there were children on the ship. It seemed to have many special activities for children as well which was nice for young families. I would go on this ship again. If you don't have a good time, it's your own fault. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We had never been to Columbia or Panama and we decided a chance to see the canal would be a great time to see both countries. The value of the cruise and destinations were also a big factor in our choice. The promotions and overall ... Read More
We had never been to Columbia or Panama and we decided a chance to see the canal would be a great time to see both countries. The value of the cruise and destinations were also a big factor in our choice. The promotions and overall pricing allow us to sail yearly and experience more of the ports of call offered by NCL. As always the staff made the cruise an enjoyable experience and one to remember. The friendly smiles and conversation were infectious at all levels. The dinning and menu selections met or excedided our expectations ( no one goes hungry). We also shared this cruise with two couples from our community in Monroe, NC. It was great for us to show others the benifits of cruising with NCL and see how they enjoyed the cruise as much as we did. They had nothing but good things to say about their vacation. Hopefully we will sail together again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I just cruised the NCL Gem to the Southern Caribbean from NYC from 2/13 - 2/24/2018. The Gem staff as a whole was less than helpful. When asked about specific items it seemed to bother them. One instance of this occurred in the gift ... Read More
I just cruised the NCL Gem to the Southern Caribbean from NYC from 2/13 - 2/24/2018. The Gem staff as a whole was less than helpful. When asked about specific items it seemed to bother them. One instance of this occurred in the gift shop where a staff member sighed rolled her eyes and said she didn't want to display a certain item of jewelry (the charm bracelets) because it was "too much work". Another instance occurred when a friend was looking to purchase one of the silver CZ rings. Of the two sales persons there, neither was willing to help her look for her size, "It's just what you see there", said one dismissively. In addition, the staff as a whole did not have proper command of the English language. There were several areas of miscommunication due to this issue. One time I was told the Internet staff would be there at 5 and when I returned about a half hour later at 5, the line was around the corner. I went back to customer service and through her poor broken English I realized she meant staff would be there in 5 minutes not 5 o"clock! It made the staff seem not to be knowledgeable and dismissive. Other cruiselines educate their staff better. This was the worst experience I have had due to this language issue and I have been on over a dozen cruises. This doesn't happen on Royal! In addition, I was shocked at the low level food served at the dining halls. No lobster, no escargot??? Never have I experienced this. Even if there was a nominal charge I would understand. But to not have upscale options in the main dining hall absolutely soured my experience. Also, the desserts were not up to par either. The lava cake was overcooked, cheesecake not always available. Lastly, there was a night where the sea was very rocky. The Captain never even mentioned it! There was no announcement as to why some areas were closing, how long do we expect to be in the storm, nothing, nada. Unbelievable!!! Also, for a recently refurbished ship, the decor was old, dark and dated. I have sailed on NCL Breakaway and had a really good experience. The Gem gets two thumbs down!!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We enjoyed this cruise very much Food and service were good Loved the convenience of departing from NYC Entertainment was good We loved the band Sonata Our third cruise on the Gem We would do it again Ultimate ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise very much Food and service were good Loved the convenience of departing from NYC Entertainment was good We loved the band Sonata Our third cruise on the Gem We would do it again Ultimate Beverage package for free was a big selling point Smooth sailing from New York St Kitts was beautiful St Lucia was nice but the locals on the beach were very annoying. They did not take no for an answer. They would not leave you alone..It never stopped I bought a necklace for $20 just to get them to leave me alone..It's worth about a dollar! We left early because of them Barbados beaches were fabulous Antigua was beautiful. Locals were peddling on the beach but they took no for an answer San Juan was raining and we were only there until noon so we did not go ashore. Afraid to venture too far due to the short stop Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Boarded the Norwegian Gem at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. We drove from Ontario and stayed a night in New Jersey. The Hampton Inn Ridgefield Park had a park and cruise package which included a transfer to and from the Pier. The ... Read More
Boarded the Norwegian Gem at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal. We drove from Ontario and stayed a night in New Jersey. The Hampton Inn Ridgefield Park had a park and cruise package which included a transfer to and from the Pier. The Gem is a lovely ship. Very modern and clean. We took advantage of most of the restaurants. We especially had a lot of meals in O'Sheehan's which is hot, fresh food 24hrs hours a day. We only ate in the Dining Rooms twice and had 4 specialty restaurants. La Cuchina and Cagney's were fabulous. La Moderna was good but if you are not a meat-eater it might not be your cup of tea. Lots of medium rare meats are served and they keep serving you until you tap out! We had a mini-suite with a balcony. The storage was over the top! We had credits for Shore excursions but felt they were overpriced. We ended up taking our own taxi to the beach once we arrived in port. A $5 taxi is much better than $59 per person to go to the same beach! The ship has a kiddie pool area and an adult area which is great. Two hot tubs are also dedicated to the adults. They also had a nice BBQ poolside on the dates we were at sea. Entertainment was awesome. We saw a Comedian, a Comedian/Juggler who was a finalist on American's Got Talent, a Comedian/Magician, a Cirque de Solei performance, an Andrew Lloyd Webber tribute and the house dance cast are fantastic. We also went to a lot of the audience participation events like 'Honeymooners' 'Dance Clash' and 'Who's the Best Couple' All I can say is 'Two Wigs!' Anyone who was at the Dance Clash will know what I mean! Lol. Staff was incredible. Lots of friendly smiling faces, 'Washy, Washy, Happy, Happy' is now in our vocabulary. Our steward decorated our room with balloons on my birthday and brought me a special chocolate platter and a spa gift certificate. We had the Ultimate Drink Package but honestly didn't use it much. The drinks were good and service was great .....we just didn't need it. Since you have to pay the 20% gratuity, it really wasn't worth the $400 we had to pay for the free perk. There's no way we drank that much. Next time, we likely won't opt for the drink package. We purchased CruiseNext credits so we will be booking with Norwegian again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Great relaxing cruise from New York City to St Kitts, St Lucia, Antigua, & San Juan. The NCL Gem is a very good ship with outstanding staff. The entertainment in the theater is professional and a good variety for everyone. Other ... Read More
Great relaxing cruise from New York City to St Kitts, St Lucia, Antigua, & San Juan. The NCL Gem is a very good ship with outstanding staff. The entertainment in the theater is professional and a good variety for everyone. Other entertaining musicians were available each evening in sereval different locations to offer a variety. Embarkation and disembarkation was very easy. We used a car service to drops off and pick us up after the cruise. No problems at the pier. The cabin was clean, well maintained. We had an ocean view that was booked about three weeks in advance. Got a good price. Did the zip line tour in the rainforest in Antigua, would recommend it for everyone. There were several older folks, a few children and the rest in the middle in our group. The rangers at the zip line assisted everyone to make it an enjoyable outing. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
I chose this cruise because it was a music cruise and we've been on several before. It went out of NOLA and that was great. Embarkation went smoothly WE THOUGHT. Shortly after we got on the ship we found out that they dropped our ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was a music cruise and we've been on several before. It went out of NOLA and that was great. Embarkation went smoothly WE THOUGHT. Shortly after we got on the ship we found out that they dropped our suitcase into the Mississippi River. Yea, you read that right!! Everything in it was soaked. First off they tried to deny what happened. Then tried to blame it on us. Um....a whole pallet of bags went in! They did launder the stuff but tried to balk at my instructions. I did NOT want our stuff ruined. They replaced the destroyed meds but I had to chase that down. I should not have had to do that. Other than that there was nada. NOTHING! I lost hours of my vacation chasing down things that they should have done. I finally gave up on the NCL staff trying to salvage my vacation. The company that puts the concerts on was great! They offered remuneration and a few perks while on board. That was much appreciated but really, it wasn't their deal. NCL should have been more sympathetic to the customers. If it weren't for the music cruises we love being on the Pearl we'd never EVER do a cruise on NCL again! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
Everyone and everything was great. Couldn't have asked for more. Unless you lower the prices and include more than the 1st 2 people in the room to have the drink package special. Great shows. Awesome Waiters/waitresses. So much to do ... Read More
Everyone and everything was great. Couldn't have asked for more. Unless you lower the prices and include more than the 1st 2 people in the room to have the drink package special. Great shows. Awesome Waiters/waitresses. So much to do and not enough time to do it all. We did 2 excursions, Swimming with the rays and Mayan ruin/Spice Farm and both where super good!! Didn't really care for Roatan Honduras, there just didn't seem to be anything to do or see other than high priced shops that wont price haggle with you. Belize is pretty and has a friendly atmosphere. Costa Maya was my favorite of the 4 ports we visited with a trolley or cab ride to the beach with beautiful scenery and lots of local shopping!!! I'm not into working out so I didn't visit the Fitness Center or the Spa. The ship has a very nice large selection of gold and diamond jewelry. I would definitely go for this itinerary again even though Roatan wasn't my thing. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We flew in the day before and enjoyed a lovely day in Cocoa Beach prior to the cruise. Our hotel overlooked the ocean and we could relax and enjoy a beach day before heading to the ship. On the recommendation of TripAdvisor, we went to ... Read More
We flew in the day before and enjoyed a lovely day in Cocoa Beach prior to the cruise. Our hotel overlooked the ocean and we could relax and enjoy a beach day before heading to the ship. On the recommendation of TripAdvisor, we went to Florida's Fresh Grill for dinner and it was by far the best dining experience of our vacation. Highly recommend! We have always liked sailing on the bigger ships and booked this cruise for it's Eastern itinerary and to try NCL for the first time. Unfortunately, due to the hurricanes last season, our trip got switched to Western. Obviously, this was done due to damage at ports, and we did get an extra port because of the change, but it is disappointing to pay for Eastern and get the less expensive Western for the same price. The ship itself was disappointing from first sight. It is very boxy and has none of the styling of previous ships we've been on. It looked like a giant floating hotel, rather than a ship. The layout was awful, from the weird bathroom arrangements to the lack of outdoor space on all but the top decks. Due to the amount of balcony cabins, there was no space on lower levels to get out and explore the ship. Only went on deck 7 once on the outside and there was no view (obstructed by lifeboats) and full of smokers. The casino is in the middle of deck 6 and open to below in Taste, one of the MDRs. There was no way to avoid the smoke and it permeated several areas surrounding it. Even some closed off bars nearby (the Cavern, O'Shean's) were smelling strongly of smoke. I heard many others complaining of this throughout the week. Due to the layouts of decks 5,6,and 7, it was difficult to go from one end to the other without getting cutoff by a dining room or the casino. The shops were also not that exciting, with one (the one with the booze and sundries) being completely separate from the others, making it harder to locate. We also found the deck layout tough. With so many passengers onboard, all looking to get some sun, the loungers were taken up by 8am by chair hogs and with half the deck dedicated to smokers, there really wasn't too many options. The dining was ok. Not great by any means, but hubby and I love cooking and found the food quite boring. It seemed that all the attention was given to the specialty dining so if you wanted a great meal, you had to pay. We have never felt the need to book a specialty restaurant - the MDR food has always been very good to excellent on each of our previous cruises. Three times hubby ordered the steak from the "every night available" side of the menu because there were no appealing options. I ordered the linguine with clams one night and it was really good with the pasta cooked perfectly. Hubby ordered the spaghetti carbonara the next night and it was so salty he could barely eat a few bites. The chicken cordon bleu was inedible, prime rib was awful, there was no lobster night (which has been offered on all of our other cruises), and desserts were boring. Highlights were the braised lamb shanks, steak, and french onion soup. We also had the Cirque Dreams dinner experience and the meal was a caprese salad with prosciutto, filet and garlic shrimp and a trio of desserts. Aside from the steak being a little too overcooked for my liking, it was very well done. The show, costumes and staff were amazing! Entertainment was the absolute highlight of the cruise. Everything was top notch. We saw Burn the Floor, Cirque Dreams, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, two comedians and the Epic Beatles. Book ahead of time for everything ( we booked before the cruise for what we could). Every show was sold out during the cruise with some standby seating. The only thing I missed that I would have liked was the Escape the High Top, an escape room type of event. We also enjoyed the Ice Bar just for the experience of it. Drinks were WAY too strong but it was a fun time. Service was friendly for the most part. The washy-washy-happy-happy girl spraying your hands with disinfectant at the buffet was always smiling, our room steward was nice and we had a clean room every day and towel animals most days. The entertainment staff were fun and lively. Bar service was slow but to be expected with the large amount of passengers on board. Bartenders were always friendly but I didn't have a "favourite" that I would recommend. We had only booked one shore excursion (the stingrays in Grand Cayman) and that was cancelled due to the waves. We ended up taking a shuttle to 7 mile beach instead. For Nassau, I researched ahead and planned a self guided walking tour which let us explore on our own. We enjoyed our day there and ended with a light lunch before heading back to the ship. In Falmouth, we stayed only in the secure area and shopped in the port before heading back to the beach. We paid half the price for my husband's watch than was quoted on board. The perfume I wanted was also $20 less in Falmouth than on the ship. We really enjoyed our day in Great Stirrup Cay. It was relaxing and sunny and we headed to the third beach area which was substantially less crowded than the other two. They are building towers to allow for zip lining in the future so there will be lots to do there when it is completed. There were plenty of loungers, and all cabanas and clamshells were sold out prior to our arrival so if that's what you're looking for, book early. People were parasailing, lounging on floaters, snorkeling and generally having a great time. Disembarkation was easy and quick. The lineup after we got our luggage looked huge but only took us about 10 minutes to get through. I would try NCL again but would NEVER want to try the Epic again. Even crew members at the NextCruise desk were quick to let us know that other ships had different layouts. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This was the largest ship I had been on. There were alot of people and the elevators could not keep up with it. We waited for endless minutes for the elevators and then when they hit our deck, there was no room for another person. ... Read More
This was the largest ship I had been on. There were alot of people and the elevators could not keep up with it. We waited for endless minutes for the elevators and then when they hit our deck, there was no room for another person. Usually would do the stairs but was traveling with family member that could not do the stairs. Cabin stewart was very friendly but not very attentive. Had to beg to have towel animals on our bed (c'mon thats the excitement of the cabin) forget to give us fresh bath towels and didnt take our plates and cups that were empty in the room. The food was very good. The speciality restaurants were outstanding....definetely try Moderno and Cucina. Cant say enough about the entertainment. The Epic Beatles......WOW! the Cirque Dreams Epicurean was outstanding....Acoustic sessions with Ben....WONDERFUL! all of the islands visited were amazing....nothing to compares to Great Stirrup Cay private island, it was a beautiful day and not a care in the world. Just a few small complaints, but overall enjoyed the cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2018
`this cruise was complimentary from Akwasasne Casino in our area. `We usually go with Royal Caribbean however NCL is very up to par. `The pool was a bit small but I believe this was to accomodate the seating. What i really ... Read More
`this cruise was complimentary from Akwasasne Casino in our area. `We usually go with Royal Caribbean however NCL is very up to par. `The pool was a bit small but I believe this was to accomodate the seating. What i really appreciated was the staff would see a chair with 'saved' towels on them, they would sticker them with a time and in 1 hour remove the items on that chair if the person was not back. Saving chairs is very juevenile, in my opinion you shouldn't be able to at all. `The tender process was very organized getting on and off the ship. `Disembarkment was the same, very organized. I would suggest the detailed information on the in room TVs be 'slowed' down in order to read. The slides are extremely quick to change and hard to read. I am a quick reader so i think it would be difficult for others as the info is important especially around the Disembarkment process and Border Security info. `The restaurants and food was fantastic, excellent chefs! Quick seating and service. `We paid for the Ultimate Beverage Package - $112.00 each, very very worth it!! you were able to use this beverage card on Great Stirrup Cay as well as for food. `Entertainment inside and out was great, never a dull moment. `Photo selection was easy, binders holding your photos all numbered as per your keycard, so you didn't have to wait in line except to pay for them. As well computers in area to swipe your card and your photos come up. `On all decks in the elevator areas, touch screens offer you to book events, tenders, haircuts, etc, the list goes on. `Bars were quick, we laid a $10 tip the first day and received excellent service all week as well as my husband became good friends with many of the staff, they certainly liked 'Peter the dancer'. GREAT EXPERIENCE AND WOULD CRUISE NCL AGAIN!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This is my 7th cruise and my first on Norwegian and this is my fav so far. You can't beat free open bar. How amazing! I went with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday with a weekend getaway. We found the ship one of the easiest ... Read More
This is my 7th cruise and my first on Norwegian and this is my fav so far. You can't beat free open bar. How amazing! I went with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday with a weekend getaway. We found the ship one of the easiest to navigate. The BEST part of this cruise was the entertainment! We did about 4 activities every night from dodgeball, to bingo, to the audience participation shows, comedy shows, and nightly dance and sing shows. We had a blast. I loved the free style dining so we could take our time and not feel rushed. We went jet skiing at their private island and had a blast! We had enought time at each port to really enjoy it. There never seemed to be a long wait anywhere on the ship which was nice. The cabin was average in comparison with other cruises. We loved the cruise director! We would definitely do this cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this 4 night cruise because it was an incredible value, ESPECIALLY considering the all inclusive drink package for every guest on board. We booked an oceanview room - a new experience for me, I've previously only booked ... Read More
We chose this 4 night cruise because it was an incredible value, ESPECIALLY considering the all inclusive drink package for every guest on board. We booked an oceanview room - a new experience for me, I've previously only booked weeklong balcony cruises. the OV room was just fine. everyone that worked for NCL on this boat was a pure delight. Most of the cruisers were looking for a bit of a party and most found it. The Sky is a little older and smaller than other ships we've cruised on but it certainly wasn't an issue. We knew the "limitiations" ahead of time and almost everything we had any concern about turned out to be a non-issue. FOOD - very decent buffet, better than most in peer group. DRINKS - some top shelf brands were off the drink package plan but they were easily identifiable and suitable almost comparable options were readily available. not having to present a sail and sign card for every drink was 100% awesome, a big time saver. we never had to wait more than a few moments for a drink. CASINO - as good as any in peer group SHOPS - somewhat limited. DINING - only did the MDR, very comparable to other cruise lines. SPA - wife loved it. my hidden gem - behind the aft buffet there is a big area outside where you can dine right next to a good sized bar. the entire area is covered by canvas treatment and it greatly reduces wind shear while at sea. I loved eating there after 9pm. suggestions to NCL - update the main theater, maybe with stadium seating? I highly recommend offering Marlboro lights in the shop, that's probably the #1 brand in the usa. odd it wasn't offered for sale. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
I booked this cruise to surprise my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary. The price for this cruise was fantastic and the bonus was that all adult beverages were included. We had a mid ship balcony room. The room was more than ... Read More
I booked this cruise to surprise my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary. The price for this cruise was fantastic and the bonus was that all adult beverages were included. We had a mid ship balcony room. The room was more than adequate for two people and the views from the balcony were priceless. The pictures I was able to take looked like they were from a magazine. The cruise we chose was the 4 nights in the Bahamas. Our first stop was Norwegian private island, Great Stirrup Cay. The weather was beautiful and we had no issues tendering to the island. My husband and I rented snorkel equipment and got to enjoy the beautiful clear turquoise water. We had no problem securing two beach chairs in the shade. After enjoying a well deserved nap we did some souvenir shopping at the straw market and then headed back to ship. That night I had the best dessert ever at dinner. If the warm banana soufflé with butterscotch whiskey sauce is on the menu get it. It's soooo good you may decide to get two.....I did! The next day was Nassau. The immediate area to shop was ok, otherwise nothing overwhelmingly special except for the fact the weather was perfect. Our third stop was in Freeport. We decided to book the glass bottom boat shore excursion. It was one of the best decisions we could have made. The boat ride was exciting, you leave from the Lucaya harbor. The water was so clear, we got to see and feed the fish, but the most exciting part was getting to see sharks. You could easily see them from the sides of the boat along with the glass bottom windows. I would recommend this excursion to anyone who gets a chance to visit beautiful Lucaya. The next day we were back at the Port of Miami and heading home. This cruise was more fun then we could ever ask for. I would do this cruise again in a heartbeat!!! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
My husband and I had a nice time on the Jade. We enjoyed the tasty food in both the dinning room and buffet. Each evening we enjoyed the entertainment. It was an older crowd on board maybe due to the length of the trip, which was a little ... Read More
My husband and I had a nice time on the Jade. We enjoyed the tasty food in both the dinning room and buffet. Each evening we enjoyed the entertainment. It was an older crowd on board maybe due to the length of the trip, which was a little too long for us. House keeping did a wonderful job keeping the ship in top shape. I had a facial and massage which was worth the money. My husband got a shave which he totally enjoyed. Each day we worked out in the fitness center and never had to wait for a machine. The only concern we have is with our excursion at the Panama canal. We chose the two ocean railroad trip. It was not worth the money and pretty boring. It was just a train ride through the woods seeing some of the canal. They did offer lunch and snacks but that still didn't make it any more pleasant. Our favorite excursion was the snorkel Jolly Roger trip in Roatan. I would take the Jade again, but not this trip. Been there done that. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this ship because of the destinations/ports of various countries...it just happened to be an 11 night cruise. After it's all over I'd say it was just long enough for us. We traveled with 3 couples and I think that helps ... Read More
We chose this ship because of the destinations/ports of various countries...it just happened to be an 11 night cruise. After it's all over I'd say it was just long enough for us. We traveled with 3 couples and I think that helps fill the time. The days at sea were fun and nice to relax by the pool. We had some very rough seas and if seasickness is an issue I'd prepare for it. Dining was good. Not great. We tried about everything that was included. We did not do any of the additional cost restaurants. Jasmine's was our favorite. O'Sheehans - was a fun place but I can't say the Irish food was anything to brag about. The wings were the best thing we had.. Entertainment and activities were very good. Almost too many things to do and you can't do them all. That made for a good variety of activities you could attend all day long. Ports and excursions were good/fair. Harvest Caye it rained and that made for a disappointment of our day. We had rented a $600 villa. We enjoyed ourselves because that is who we are...but I don't think I'd ever go there again. There is no real culture or city to view. It's just a big resort on a beach type feel. Drinks were expensive. It was hard to justify leaving the unlimited beverage package we had on the ship. Because this island is owned by NCL - it would be nice to carry over your ship credit and use it on the island as well. Other ports were nice - just not enough time to really feel the culture. Panama was interesting and nice to say we did it. No need to go do it again. And who cannot have fun in Key West! Magnum's Wine Bar was amazing - if you like wine, you will not be disappointed with the selection of both white and reds. Service was amazing by the ship staff. Bartenders and servers always friendly. Would we do it all over again? Yes - but would not get off on Harvest Caye. Would take a cab directly to old town Cartagena and explore (beware of people approaching you to buy their items). There are many things at each port to choose to do...so yes we could make another choice and probably have just as much fun! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Was actually a music cruise that I attended. The music was fantastic but this review just concerns the ship. I admit I am used to Oceania. This was a first time on NCL for me. I read all the reviews and info previously posted and it was ... Read More
Was actually a music cruise that I attended. The music was fantastic but this review just concerns the ship. I admit I am used to Oceania. This was a first time on NCL for me. I read all the reviews and info previously posted and it was helpful so I just want to add my info. Getting on and off went smoothly. Bought the spa package as I was warned only one smaller pool was accessible (band stage took up other pool). It was $138 pre-cruise and $168 after boarding. For me it was a waste of money as I did not like the thermolasso pool in the common area - basically a big hot tub with strong currents. Not at all comfortable for more than a few minutes. This area is also very noisy so no relaxing here. The women's area has relaxing loungers but they play this "mood" music incessantly and loudly so it is hard to read. There is NO outdoor space. All areas are contained and no fresh sea air. The best thing about it is the salt scrub for the shower. Also, when on this end of the ship and have to use the bathroom, it was convenient to pop in. I would not spend money on this again. Staff was OK to me although my roommate had a problem when her massage appointment was "lost" and they refused to give her the opening day discount (I was there when she booked.) Fitness Center - Actually was excellent. Treadmills were not too bouncy - decks were firm and could watch news. Jogging track was also pretty good - just a couple sharp turns around obstacles. Food - well, mediocre at best. I ate 2 dinners at O'Sheehans Pub, 2 dinners at Summer Palace and rest at Garden Cafe (buffet). Service at O'Sheehans was the best and they have good salads. Service at Summer Palace was very slow and food was not great. My friends said they served sauces on the steaks for a reason. The buffet carving station had Prime Rib one night, rest were chicken or pork. The Indian food station was always a very heavy curry although the Raita and samosas were pretty good. I learned the best dish to eat was the steamed vegetables (always perfectly done) and any bean dish. Whoever the chef was for cooking beans did amazing things. Salad station was curious - only 4-5 different toppings all week until the last day and then had 9. Cucumbers were always there and always had seen better days - mushy and tasteless. I would not do this cruise again for the food, that's for sure. As for music venues - many of the seats in Stardust are broken or slanted down so are not the most comfortable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose this cruise because I'd always heard good things about Norwegian Cruise Lines and we liked the ports of call for this trip - slightly different than the "usual" Caribbean stops. The ship was amazing - ... Read More
We chose this cruise because I'd always heard good things about Norwegian Cruise Lines and we liked the ports of call for this trip - slightly different than the "usual" Caribbean stops. The ship was amazing - beautiful, massive yet not overwhelming, clean. There were so so many different settings all on one ship (i.e. different types of bars, restaurants, entertainment)! At any given time there were things to do - we needed more time as we did not get to do a few things we'd planned on. The entertainment was diverse and there was plenty of it. While the dueling pianos did not actually duel, the performers were very talented. The two shows in the theatre were Broadway quality and fabulous! Couldn't help but tap your feet! Staff were absolutely amazing 99.9% of the time - so extremely polite and friendly and upbeat (especially Paul our steward - SUCH a nice, professional and hard-working young man!). The food and drinks were consistently good. The buffet is what I expected - so many options and good solid food, but not a "wow" dining experience. Desserts lacked a little (of course, we went only at breakfast so maybe they changed later in the day.) Loved Savor and Taste and Tropicana - fine dining from start to finish. We got a balcony cabin and I henceforth I will never go without, having experienced falling asleep to the sound of the waves against the boat! It was a good size space and private and we spent all of our spare moments out there. Even saw a double rainbow one day at sea! Having a balcony also made coming and going more exciting, being able to see the ports. When not at sea we went on day treks, then came back and took naps, went to dinner then entertainment, and finished off our nights dancing under the stars on the upper deck. It was fabulous - something I should have done years ago!!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
I wanted to cruise around Cape Horn and I wanted to get out of the winter weather. Everything thing began wonderfully in Beunes Aires with a Flamingo Dance before we got on the ship! Once we set sail I enjoyed early stretching classes ... Read More
I wanted to cruise around Cape Horn and I wanted to get out of the winter weather. Everything thing began wonderfully in Beunes Aires with a Flamingo Dance before we got on the ship! Once we set sail I enjoyed early stretching classes every morning followed by Fab Abs and then yoga and a message while at sea. The sea was calm the whole way down to the cape and we enjoyed local excursions to take in the sites. The Dancing shows on the ship were also excellent and I would have taken lessons with my husband, however, he sprained his ankle during our first day at sea playing volleyball. When we approached the Cape Horn the water got rough but the scenery and the glaciers were magnificent. The food was excellent and the service was wonderful. I love eating in the beautiful dining rooms and listening to the live musicians. The Classical strings trio was fabulous! However, on our way to Santiago, many people were getting sick with a virus and I also got it. The ship offered free medical assistance but then quarantined both my husband and me to the room for 48hrs so we missed one of the ports of call. I thought they might offer us a voucher or something but it did not happen. We went horse riding in one of the last ports of call and had a great time. This was the only Norwegian arranged excursion and it was terrific. All in all, it was a great vacation with a few bumps here and there. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
We (two retired female friends) chose this cruise because the P of A spends so much time on the islands, with all traveling done at night. We spent two days on Oahu before the cruise, got to see a big wave surf competition, and the Kualoa ... Read More
We (two retired female friends) chose this cruise because the P of A spends so much time on the islands, with all traveling done at night. We spent two days on Oahu before the cruise, got to see a big wave surf competition, and the Kualoa Ranch. (Both excellent). Arrived at Hanauma Bay, prepared to snorkel, and found that they close at 5:30, not 7 p.m. as advertised everywhere. So we missed what I now assume to be the best snorkeling spot in Hawaii. We arrived at the port around 12:30 p.m. and were on the ship within the hour. Went to the buffet for lunch and all rooms were announced to be ready before we were finished. We had anytine dining with reservations for 6:30 on most days. Never had to wait for a table, had same waitresses every night, and a window table. Most food was pretty good. Went to the french restaurant one night. Service was impeccable. Food so-so (big disappointment). Cream puff dessert was highlight. Whether it was because there was no casino or that we were so busy off the ship all day, every day, we found that we went to sleep pretty early every night but not before seeing shows and laba flow! Entertainment was great! Comedian was a riot! We saw him twice, two different shows. Magician was very good. The four guys in the rock and roll band were excellent! We had planned much of our dinner times around being able to get to shows and were very glad that we did. The ship let everyone know that we would be passing the lava flowing on the big island at 10:45 one night and we made sure to get front row standing. You can see the streams of red on the mountain but not that it actually enters the ocean You can see it from starboard side of ship. They get as close as they are allowed, I am sure and linger about 15 minutes. Viewing the Napali Coast is seen from the port side of the ship. Awesome. We had alot of fog but it was still beautiful. Bring over the door shoe holder for odds and ends. We also brought 4 small magnets which we could use both inside the cabin and on the balcony to hang wet bathing suits on to dry. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
I joined my sister and brother-in-law for this cruise. They had been on 9 previous cruises including one on the Gem which made in easier for me. Embarkation was very well organized and so was disembarkation. It's worthwhile to ... Read More
I joined my sister and brother-in-law for this cruise. They had been on 9 previous cruises including one on the Gem which made in easier for me. Embarkation was very well organized and so was disembarkation. It's worthwhile to recommend that people use the colour system for suitcases at disembarkation as there is less confusion. Leaving it at the door the night before is easy and you don't have to worry about managing suitcases when disembarking. The service all through the ship was excellent. Special thanks to Erik and Justin at the Bali Hai Bar and Grill on the 13th floor. Dining is exceptional, I did not have one bad meal. I was impressed as how all breads and pastries were always fresh and delicious. Whether it was at buffet or specialty restaurants, everything was excellent. We joined excursions at every port and my only wish is that the beach excursions would have been a bit longer. I would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2018
This cruise had the itinerary changed because of the hurricanes. We had some new islands to check out and it was very exciting. I loved checking out the pitons and volcano in St Lucia. It was the most exciting excursion I had been to. ... Read More
This cruise had the itinerary changed because of the hurricanes. We had some new islands to check out and it was very exciting. I loved checking out the pitons and volcano in St Lucia. It was the most exciting excursion I had been to. Went to Megan's Bay for the second time and it is still a beautiful and peaceful beach. They are still getting over the hurricane, but it is still very beautiful. Antigua city tour was very good and we had a great guide, Tony. Unfortunately, the beach was supposed to come with chairs and they didn't have any available. He said they were supposed to space the tours, so we were out of luck. It also included lunch, which was awful. The food is always good. If you can't find something good to eat on a cruise, I can't figure it out. There's so many choices and if you don't like something, order something else. We went to Cagney's 3 times-always good. Their filet and grilled shrimp is fabulous and always cooked to perfection. I could make a meal of just their appetizers, as they are all good. La Cucina was very good as was Tempanyaki and Le Bistro. I used to love the mussels in Le Bistro, but they changed the sauce and there isn't much flavor. I might skip those next time. Orchid is their free Asian restaurant. I really enjoy that also. They also have one of my favorite desserts-Tapioca with mango. Delicious. We only ate once in the main dining room. I had one of my favorite meals there. It was veal with button mushrooms and noodles in a butter sauce. It was so good. Of course, I had to end with the chocolate lava cake. I have to have that at least once every cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were both easy enough. You just have to do some waiting. I like to get there early, to get on the ship as soon as possible. Easy walk off is easy, but you also have to wait. I understand they have to wait for clearance and don't mind waiting. It's the price I pay to get off early. I felt the entertainment was the best I've seen on NCL. Maybe it's because I'm kind of bored with the same shows over and over on the BA and the Dawn. I haven't been on the Gem in 2 years and everything was new. They had an excellent soul singer who did Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. She was so good. The comedian and magician were entertaining, though once woud be enough. I felt the comedian was funny because a woman in front kept yelling things to him. She was funny. The service is always good on NCL. I've never dealt with anyone who was rude or unhelpful. Loved the Washy Washy girl in the buffet. The buffet was good for breakfast and a good salad for lunch. They also have a pool bbq, which is good for lunch. The casino is very tight. Not many hits or wins. Seemed that most people winning max bet on every machine. I can't bet that high and came home a loser. Still had a great time and casino staff were very friendly and always there to offer drinks. The ship was pretty smooth for a February cruise from NY. I get sea sick in rough seas and only felt slightly queasy the second night. Overall a great cruise. Read Less
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