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The Sweet Owner's Suite Life ala NCL
"First of all,I'd like to let everyone know that the Norwegian Gem is a beautiful sparkling clean ship. I have read some "OK" to the "not so OK" reviews on cruise critic about the Gem. All I will say on that subject..."Read More
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The Sweet Owner's Suite Life ala NCL

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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michaeldk

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

First of all,I'd like to let everyone know that the Norwegian Gem is a beautiful sparkling clean ship. I have read some "OK" to the "not so OK" reviews on cruise critic about the Gem. All I will say on that subject is that you get what you PAY for! Book a suite or Villa and you cannot go wrong. If you book a "bottom level" aka 4th floor port-hole or inside cabin, you may not have such a pleasant ...
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Sail Date: June 2010

Departure Port: Rostock (Warnemunde)

Cabin Type: Owner's Suite with Large Balcony

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Happy, happy, smiley, smiley !!

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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fmr

First Time Cruiser

Age 50s

BACKGROUND - We are a German family with a 12 yrs old son having our fourth cruise with NCL beside some other lines. TRANSFER PACKAGE - For the first time ever we've booked NCL's fly and transportation arrangement in addition to our 14-days B2B trip to/from Venice. EMBARKMENT - Upon arrival at Marco Polo airport we were welcomed by the friendly ground staff with NCL signage who guided us to ...
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Sail Date: May 2010

Departure Port: Rostock (Warnemunde)

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside

Traveled with children


The Mediterranean is the only way to GO!!

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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LindaVap

First Time Cruiser

BARCELONA, SPAIN Our plane landed about 7:30 AM. By the time we went through customs, got our money exchanged it was nearly 8:15. One interesting thing was that they had us fill out the Immigration forms before we arrived. I had left ours in the pocket of the plane so figured I would have to refill them out. The custom agent looked at our passports and said to go ahead. Real security, huh!! We ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan


A Gem of a Cruise

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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SFO-F/A

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

We flew into Barcelona the day of the cruise, arriving BCN around 1pm. There were many taxis waiting. It took about a half hour to get to the port. The taxi was metered, when we arrived, the driver added other fees to the meter, port fees, bag fees, etc. The meter said 26 euros, we paid 32 with the add ons. Embarkation was a breeze, no wait at 2:30. We were on the ship by 2:45, greeted ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

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Tons of Research - Gem was a Ht

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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dillardr

First Time Cruiser

After months of research, looking for a vacation for a group of 11 family members that included teenagers and senior citizens, we decided on the Gem. My wife and I have sailed on Princess, RCCI and our favorite, Holland America and were a little concerned about the reviews of NCL. Here is the good and bad as honest as I can be. GEM - Beautiful ship, we were in a AE suite(aft) and it was great. ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony

Traveled with children


The Western Mediterranean on Fast Forward

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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ttmannin

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

One couple traveled from the US to meet the other three couples in the UK for our flight to Barcelona, where we had booked the two-day pre-cruise package. Our British Airways flight to Barcelona was delayed an hour when a already checked-in family misplaced a child, frighteningly not located by the flight time. The general mood on the plane was of sympathy with the parents and concern, and the ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Inside


Just back on the Gem -- and just booked the Gem again!

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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FlipperGal

First Time Cruiser

Age 70s

Just back on the GEM- and have just booked the GEM again! We loved the NCL GEM on its Nov. 8 '09 W. Mediterranean sailing -- and have booked it again for its Jan. 24 '10 Caribbean sailing from NYC. That should say something! NCL: The Nov. 8 sailing was our 6th NCL cruise in the past 4 years, and our 3rd NCL cruise this year. Obviously we enjoy cruising (though we do independent land ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Penthouse with Large Balcony


Happy Happy, Washie Washie!!

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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donno

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

CRITICS: We are a couple in our 30s from Georgia, USA. This was my fourth cruise, and my wifes third. Previous cruises were on RCL, HAL and NCL. BARCELONA - Arrived on Friday morning and were booked 2 nights at the Hilotn Diagonal Mar so upon landing we took the Renfe train to Passig de Gracia, transfered to the subway and then walked the 2 blocks to the hotel. No problem checking in early ...
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Sail Date: October 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Inside


Happy Happy!!

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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Guria

First Time Cruiser

Age 40s

Service: great, no complaints. Our steward, Michael, was s sweet. On the first day we asked for 2 extra towels and he made sure we had extra towels every day. He was always around, and was glad to help us in every way possible. The servers at the Italian Restaurant were also very nice, we had a great time dining there. And I can't forget to mention the "washy washy" guy at the Garden Cafe. It was ...
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Sail Date: November 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan


Western Med Your Own

Review for Norwegian Gem to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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lawgator

First Time Cruiser

Age 60s

Western Med Cruise On Your Own We have been on over 11 cruises and have traveled to Europe several times, so were interested in trying to do our NCL Gem cruise, roundtrip from Barcelona, booking our own shore excursions as much as possible. We had an online "booking special" that included $200 obc, a balcony cabin, air from and to Miami, all transfers, and one night pre-cruise stay in Barcelona ...
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Sail Date: October 2009

Departure Port: Ketchikan

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony


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