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Eastern Caribbean Norwegian Gem Eastern Caribbean Cruise Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
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Good, but not GREAT
"Again, no line or organization, people swarmed the tram.No one heard him but those 5 people...."Read More
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2-5 Cruises

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Good, but not GREAT

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mikyb21
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

Let me start by saying that there was a lot of Good about this cruise. Just not enough. Had a nice time in Miami prior to my cruise. Embarkation went very smoothly (except they need to put a sign or arrow outside of the COVID Testing room or have an employee standing outside waving people in). Once I found my way into the testing area the process was simple and took about 15-20 ...
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Sail Date: October 2021

Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony

Traveled with disabled person


First time NCL, we're hooked now

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DCGuy64
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

This cruise was sort of rescheduled from the Norwegian Joy back in January 2021 which was canceled, then we switched to the Gem sailing out of the Dominican Republic, which was itself canceled, whereupon we switched to the Joy and then it was replaced by the Gem. To be honest, with all that's been going on in the world, we didn't know if this cruise would sail, either. We got our COVID test two ...
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Sail Date: September 2021

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


Delayed Cruise

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TOrjg
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

We love the Gem and have been cruising on it annually for the past couple of years. We like the size of the ship, the amenities, especially the Great Outdoors the covered patio off of the back of deck 12 and the fact that it sails out of NYC. However, this year, because Norwegian moved around all their cruises and introduced more January and February sailings of their larger ships we were unable ...
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Sail Date: February 2019

Cabin Type: Inside


LOUSY FOOD, LOUSY SERVICE Never EVER AGAIN NORWEGIAN

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steve50
6-10 Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of its port, we wanted a carrebeian cruise but also wanted to spend time in New York so we chose the Gem to get what we wanted. I was not impressed with the welcome partly because we arrived late in the afternoon and they were rushing to get people on board then delayed leaving port for 1 1/2 hours. My wife and i are experienced cruisers, have sailed with carnival, ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Balcony


So - so cruise of 1/3 - 1/13/18

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AFP5585
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We are platinum cruisers with Princess Cruise Lines. The only reason we chose NCL for this cruise was that we didn't have to fly; for this cruise NCL left from NYC and we live 2 hours away. For any other than their Canada-New England cruise, we would have had to fly to an embarkation port for Princess. If at all possible, in the future we prefer to return to a Princess cruise. ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Balcony


Disappointment from start to finish

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freudig
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We went to visit our son living in New York and chose to include a getaway to warmer climes, hence the Gem. The checkin and embarkation process(as well as the subsequent disembarkation) was short staffed, chaotic and made me think that this was what Ellis Island must have been like. Bags were very late to the stateroom. Our overall impression of the ship was that she was tired and in need ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Balcony


Winter cruising

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Scallywags22
2-5 Cruises • Age 30s

This was my first winter cruise ,likely my last at least out of NY! not anything to do with the GEM or NCL I just prefer the warm weather and feel like you lose those warm days! The cruise itself had a rough start as the first full sea day was spent in 25-30 waves, I was impressed that the gem handled the rough waters as well as it did. I am blessed to not get sea sick so I wasn't too worried ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony


Clean, comfortable, relaxing cruise

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trentj
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

We chose this cruise because the NY port was easy to get to and the dates fit our schedule. Overall, we were very pleased with NCL and would cruise with them again. Getting on board took much longer than it should have (very inefficient process) but everyone was helpful and courteous. Our first two/three days were quite rough but our captain kept us informed and we especially appreciated his ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Balcony


Great Experience

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Spiker41
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

While we had some rough weather to start off our cruise the holiday was a great one! From outstanding service, food and atmosphere - we enjoyed our Anniversary Cruise. Would highly recommend this cruise line. Specialty dining package is amazing. We will come back. Sailing out of New York City was a nice experience - going from frozen to tropics - a great transition. No airport hassels to deal ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


A Gem Treated Like A Rock

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MaGeoff
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

I've sailed on the Gem's sister ship the Norwegian Jade and I really like the size of these ships. I've seen them referred to as Goldilocks ships, not to big, not too small, just right. For some reason I didn't think the Gem had gotten a makeover, but it has. Things on the ship are in good shape, clean and don't feel worn. Unlike the Jade, the Bliss nightclub has a much better location and ...
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Sail Date: January 2018

Cabin Type: Inside


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