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Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Norwegian Gem Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

Norwegian (NCL)
Norwegian Gem
Eastern Mediterranean
Departure Port

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Poor

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74 Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Norwegian Gem Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Cruise Reviews


The Cruiser 1000 avatar

The Cruiser 1000

4 Reviews Written

Great Cruise to Great Destinations!

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The NCL Gem is a really nice ship that bridges older ships like the Dawn with the newer Breakaway class ships. It has some newer features like a rock wall, but at the same time, it features the get to know you ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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ctaz

2 Reviews Written

6 Helpful Votes

she was a good ship

This was one of our best vacations ever. My wife and I have cruised before, but it was the first time for our daughter. She is 10 years old, and after countless and I mean countless trips to Disney we need a Mickey ...
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Sail Date November 2013


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mills3186

1 Review Written

10 day NCL Gem review out of NY to S. Carribean

Just arrived back from 10 day trip on Gem out of NY to southern Caribbean (5 ports). NCL does this cruise 4 times a year. Right up front I will say our last cruise was on Princess and received last minute free ...
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Sail Date February 2011


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Hammer33

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

10 Day NCL GEM Eastern Caribbean Cruise

We arrived at the Pier at 10:15am, gave our luggage to a porter and walked right through the security gates without a problem, we went through the Latitudes line in 5 minutes,checked in and were sitting in the ...
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Sail Date February 2012


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cruisesarethebest

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Good but Different

We took this 14 day cruise to celebrate our 20th Anniversary and my 60th birthday. While we have sailed on Norwegian many times, this was our first experience on a "jewel" class ship. The Gem is beautiful but the ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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bonniboo1

4 Reviews Written

5 Helpful Votes

A Wonderful Cruise on the Gem

We had planned this Cruise for over a year and NCL did not disappoint us. We had spent some time in wonderful Venice. We got near the port and we found out that there was a "secret NCL" bus that would take us ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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lenflady

6 Reviews Written

Don't understand the complaints........

We just returned from the October 16-23rd sailing of the NCL Gem from Venice. I was somewhat apprehensive given the range of reviews - we decided to "see for ourselves". I'm glad we did! We had a fabulous time! ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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CruiseMSC

3 Reviews Written

True Freestyle, but no Gem

Embarkation: No waiting (we arrived about 90 minutes before sailing), very smooth. Quick luggage delivery to the cabin. Ship: Very colorful and kitschy. Nice place is the SPA with splendid views. Comparing to ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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norwooda

1 Review Written

Never ever again

The cabin was small but nice and clean. The staff were very pleasant. The pros stop here. I was disappointed from the get go. After speaking to NCL multiple times on the phone and asking over and over again ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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melbloch

12 Reviews Written

41 Helpful Votes

Norwegian Gem - A gem of a cruise ship

Fatest check-in of any cruise we have been on. Security photo taken at check-in, boarded the ship within about 30 minutes.Staterooms were not yet ready, as advised, but could avail ourselves of the public rooms and ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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jessiegg

1 Review Written

No rating

Can't believe they ran out of beer!

We travelled on NCL Gem 2 - 9th October 2010 with another couple. She is a beautiful ship, in tip top condition and absolutely spotless. We had a wonderful week and enjoyed ourselves but there are a number of areas ...
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Sail Date October 2010


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Freckles_51

1 Review Written

First but not last with NCL-14 days B2B

First time NCL for me and my friend. My previous cruises were twice on Carnival both times in the Caribbean, my friend has cruised previously with Carnival, Princess, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean in the Caribbean ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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Annabelle

3 Reviews Written

Is the GEM a real gem?

This is a beautiful ship. 3 years old and so stable you hardly know you're at sea. Our minisuite was wonderful and had a bath which was a first on a cruise for us. The cabin stewards were efficient and very good at ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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Jimbo816

1 Review Written

Good Cruise, but could have been better

We have been on numerous cruises, but never NCL. We selected the Gem based on the itinerary. The ship itself was very good. We enjoyed the layout of the ship. The staterooms were good and we really liked the fact ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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donscruise

1 Review Written

Freestyle or No style

We have just returned from a two week cruise from Venice to the Greek Islands, Croatia and Turkey. I travelled with my husband, teenage son and parents who had previously cruised with NCL. This was our seventh ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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msesqct

1 Review Written

Cruise of Greece, Croatia and Turkey on the Norwegian Gem

The Good: The ship is clean, bright and new. The staff is wonderful, friendly and helpful. The NCL is so concerned about health issues they provide hand sanitizers as you enter the dining rooms and when you reboard ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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caroline

4 Reviews Written

Falling Standards

In September last year, six of our family had a one week cruise on the Norwegian Gem with 3 balcony rooms next to each other. We picked up the ship at Barcelona and visited Malta, Italy and France. The holiday was ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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anagram

5 Reviews Written

20 Helpful Votes

Wonderful trip

Having been on Norwegian Jade previously we were not looking forward to the ship only to the Itinerary as we had wanted a cruise that visited these locations and the Gem ticked all the boxes for us. We were ...
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Sail Date September 2010


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NYteacher

1 Review Written

Beyond Expectations! Favorite Cruise Yet!

We are a family of three, myself and husband are 43, son is 8. The adults have been on 8 cruises and this is the third for our son. This was our absolute favorite cruise. Embarkation in Venice was very ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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epicurian

1 Review Written

Mixed blessings

we did a back to back trip from venice to split and then on to Greek Islands. The ship was packed. there were hundreds of children and 80+ teens - which was great for my teen up to a point. The food was good with ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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GOC

1 Review Written

Not so much of a GEM after all . . . . . . .

Norwegian GEM Back to Back - Venice August/September 2010 This was our 6th NCL cruise, the last one being Alaska on Pearl in 2007. MY GOODNESS - how has NCL gone so downmarket?! Bingo, bingo, bingo - UUUGHHHHHH ! ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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Alina Skyla

1 Review Written

Here are my +'s, -'s and well-handled!

This was my 2nd cruise with NCL. The first was 5 years ago with the Sun. We had two adjoining cabins with balconies for a family party of 7. We had a very good time, however my sister (a more seasoned cruiser) did ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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Madsen

1 Review Written

Trip of our lifetime!

We had a great time, and if you can afford it, we highly recommend the garden villas. We were traveling with our 23 and 27 year old daughters, we all work, and we are all introverts and prefer our own company to the ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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nevadashaun

3 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

The Gem has lost its Luster

This was our second cruise on the Gem. We completed a seven cruise in the Western Mediterranean in 2008. We choose the ship again because of a great experience.....My how things can change. The Ship change so much ...
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Sail Date August 2010


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kmburkha

1 Review Written

Love the Courtyard Villas on the Gem!

We are an American couple in our 50's with a son in college. This is our second family cruise on the Gem. We took the Western Med trip from Barcelona two years ago and loved it so much that we signed up for the ...
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Sail Date June 2010


Norwegian Gem Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04
Dining4.03.7
Entertainment4.53.9
Public Rooms3.54.1
Fitness Recreation3.53.9
Family4.03.6
Enrichment3.03.4
Service5.04.1
Value For Money5.03.7
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