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Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews for Family to the Bahamas

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The Great Outdoors.  Has a nice size bar and buffet.  Best of all, it's own soft-serve ice machine.
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The new bridge on the Gatun Locks, Caribbean side!
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Exclusive breakfast option for penthouse, whole grain toast with fresh avocado and an egg to order!
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Panama Canal Joy!
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"We used to buy a three or five bottle wine package for a discount, but no more.This was our first NCL cruise since an ill fated cruise on the NCL Star which blew an engine, modified our itinerary and we received no consideration for ruining our once in a lifetime Southeast Asia cruise...."Read More
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Enjoyable, but....

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cruiseenthusiastic2
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

Having sailed NCL several times before and reading reviews of the Gem, I looked forward to another enjoyable cruise. Sadly, we were disappointed. The ship is very well maintained. The staff, excellent (except some non-helpful Shore Exc. staff). The majority of the public areas and venues are very nice. Our favorites where the Great Outdoors and the Spinnaker Lounge. Food...let's just ...
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Sail Date: March 2024


Mostly hits but some misses

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adidreh1234
6-10 Cruises • Age 40s

We sailed on the NCL Gem from 2/16-2/19. It was just hubby and I, we’re experienced cruisers with NCL and Royal Caribbean. For starters, I love the size of the Gem. I have been on the Getaway few years ago which at the time was one of the biggest, and since then only sailed on medium-sized ships. THE POSITIVES FIRST The Embarkation process - we embarked in Miami, and it was a breeze. ...
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Sail Date: February 2024

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony


Frustrations with NCL cruise

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Denverwriter
10+ Cruises • Age 80s

We have sailed with Norwegian in the past and enjoyed our cruises. This one was the size ship we prefer ( medium or smaller) with a nice itinerary and a good length for us. We decided to get a club balcony suite so we could spend more time outdoors and watch the activity in port. Also we got a few extra perks for booking it. The cabin and our cabin steward’s service were excellent. Most of the ...
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Sail Date: January 2024

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


Shore excursions and room service

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mantkowiak
2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

Had bary bad experience with this company, reserved shore trip and could not make in time due to delayed arrival. Rhys would not refund my fool cost or give my credit. Don’t book anything with these thieves, use local guides onshore or use Expedia instead. Room cleaning is 40$ per room per day . You can skip few days and get refund. Service and shows betę actually priory good . Ship was also in ...
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Sail Date: January 2024


Stunning

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LilMamaReba
First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

This was our first cruise ever. We enjoyed the Norwegian Gem. We had chosen a balcony room on the 11th deck. We did get the room we chose and it was much bigger in person than what the pictures had shown. Our room steward was very accommodating and friendly. When your room says DO NOT DISTURB, they wont even knock for anything (EX room service). I did NOT like the tub though. It had such high ...
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Sail Date: January 2024

Cabin Type: Aft-Facing Penthouse with Large Balcony


Flawless first cruise

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pookel
First Time Cruiser • Age 40s

This was our first cruise and we booked it sort of at the last minute because it was cheap and some friends were going. We were told it was a weird itinerary - NYC to Bermuda, just a half day in Bermuda, then on to Nassau, Great Stirrup Cay and a long day in Port Canaveral (7 am to 1 am). We were also told it would be cold in Bermuda and the seas would be rough in January. But everything turned ...
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Sail Date: January 2023

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


Good value, good company, but not a great cruise

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vivavino
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

Before the expansion and widening of the Panama Canal, there were dozens of cruise ships built sized just like the NCL Gem. These were Panamax vessels, the biggest ships that could go through the original locks. They were all a bit over 90K tons, around 965’ long, and sailed with around 2400 guests and 1100 crew. They were big enough to support two- and three-story main dining rooms, several ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


No surprises

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intrepidone
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Chose this cruise at last minute because it departed and returned from New York City, no fly for us. Needed a respite from winter. And price was right. This was our first NCL cruise since an ill fated cruise on the NCL Star which blew an engine, modified our itinerary and we received no consideration for ruining our once in a lifetime Southeast Asia cruise. Boarding was easy, no wait. ...
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Sail Date: January 2023


Cancelled 2 of 3 ports of call, wow

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Michaelene
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Well, this is the new norm, thanks Covid! Booked the cruise for Charleston, found letter on bed as we checked in, C'ston cancelled. Also the balcony cabin was much smaller than expected, & bathroom the tiniest ever. We're not even tall or overweight & your knees hit the wall as you sat on toilet. That's a new one! So onward to extra sea day, & NCL fortunately got into DCL space & put us in ...
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Sail Date: November 2021


An Enjoyable First Cruise Since the Pandemic

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Miles of Austin
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

My wife and I enjoyed our first cruise since the pandemic began. It's great to be with people again! We arrived in Miami the day before the cruise, using a free-night coupon to stay at a hotel in Miami Beach. With everyone vax'd, and pre-boarding testing mandatory, masks for pax were not required aboard the ship...although all crewmembers that I saw were wearing them. The testing before ...
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Sail Date: October 2021

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony


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