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"Embarkation:My wife and I arrived in Barcelona on Saturdaya afternoon, the day before the cruise was scheduled to leave Barcelona.  This gave us approx. 24 hours to catch up on sleep, and explore a bit of..."Read More
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Great room bad service!!!

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peanut21

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

This was our second cruise with NCL and we were excited to be in a Penthouse, front of ship. Well this cruise did not live up to our expectations at all. Left cruise with a bad taste of NCL staff and customer service. Our room was GREAT. Big balcony and big room, very clean. I was surprised to see that there was less wind on our balcony than near the pool. So we made good use of our balcony even ...
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Sail Date: May 2010

Departure Port: Rostock (Warnemunde)

Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony


Had a great week, but service was truly lacking

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xiphoid76

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Overall, the vacation was fantastic, but I have to admit I was not impressed at all with NCL and will likely not sail with them again. Embarkation was fairly easy, they had to send us to 3 different lines because their key cards were not working, but it did not take that long and we were on board in under 30 minutes - very nice. The ship is very nice and very clean. I liked the layout of the ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Family Balcony


NCL Gem: Watch your wallet

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Lavinia1

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

We have taken many cruises in the past 15 years. Most with NCL. This itinerary was our favorite so far. We had a problem checking in the day of our cruise, due to a computer glitch at NCL, Miami. So problem here is you have to wait until that office opens...we sat for 4 hours. We found the ship to be about half full. The staff were all very polite. The freestyle dining is important to us as we do ...
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Sail Date: October 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan


How to do Norwegian Gem’s Western Mediterranian Cruise on Yo

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beamkn5

First Time Cruiser

Age 30s

How to do Norwegian Gem's Western Mediterranian Cruise on Your Own: I just went on the Gem on August 9th and am going to write out my itenerary and suggestions for changes. Note that this itenerary included a good amount of walking and days that were packed full, but in the end we had an awesome time. This was an excellent trip for someone who has never seen any of these destinations before. ...
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Sail Date: August 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan


Norwegian Gem - Please Swipe your Key Card to Read This!

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wheresmywallet

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

We've been on a handful of cruises and this was our 1st with NCL. (Family of 5 people) One thing about 'Freestyle' cruising is that everyone else on the ship can be 'Freestylin' at the same time you are!  Thus leading to wonderful wait times.  Very crowded... the only place more challenging to find seats than the main cafe is the pool area.  Either that or there are more Invisible people on ...
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Sail Date: July 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan


Norwegian Gem: Fantastic Mediterranean Itinerary, Nice Ship

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yogatravel

First Time Cruiser

As background, my husband and I have been on 3 previous cruises (Royal Caribbean & Princess).  We selected this ship based on its port-intensive Western Mediterranean itinerary and unbeatable value.  We opted to save money on the cruise and get a ocean view room and spend more money on the excursions.  My thoughts on Norwegian Cruise Line and the Gem:The Freestyle Cruising is fantastic!  We were ...
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Sail Date: May 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Obstructed Oceanview


Ups and Downs

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madisonJersey

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

This was our first cruise, and it had its ups and downs.  We found we were bored. We also felt nickled and dimed, everything was an extra charge.  We expecting a movie theater on the ship, this didn't exist; instead you had to purchase movie at $11.95 each to view on the tiny TV in the stateroom. The library was somewhat out of date and was primarily made up of fiction. The person running the ...
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Sail Date: May 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Balcony


It was okay.

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horses.at.home

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

We are truly people who appreciate a good value for money spent.  We tend to seek out the more modest rooms, but we do like to at least have a bit of a view and on this trip the porthole was all we needed.  For goodness sakes if you're on a cruise there is plenty of deck space and it doesn't mean just next the the loud musical combo playing poolside.  There were many places for us to be in the ...
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Sail Date: May 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan


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Lilroy0

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Embarkation:My wife and I arrived in Barcelona on Saturdaya afternoon, the day before the cruise was scheduled to leave Barcelona.  This gave us approx. 24 hours to catch up on sleep, and explore a bit of Barcelona.  When we arrived to the pier on Sunday at about 2pm, there was a sizeable crowd already in front of us for check-in.  Regardless, we were able to check out luggage quickly (within 5 ...
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Sail Date: May 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Mini-Suite with Balcony

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GEM Please Be Truthful

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Dittothecat

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

I'm posting this several days after our return. It was a wonderful itinerary, a great ship, but NCL really needs to get their act together in terms of customer service. We also found a number of great companies to use to avoid NCL's over priced shore excursions. November 2, 2008 We arrived in Barcelona about 9:30AM. NCL pre-departure told us we couldn't check in and/or get rid of our baggage ...
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Sail Date: November 2008

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Oceanview Picture Window

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