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San Francisco Norwegian Gem Cruise Reviews

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Panama Canal 21 day cruise
"We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact that it left San Francisco and ended in New York. Being from the East Coast, we only had to fly one way. This cruise had 13 port stops which was..."Read More
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Good Time - but not a luxury cruise

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BWCW3885
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

My husband and I chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Although we have cruised about 20 times (about 6 with NCL - we are latitudes silver because two of our cruises were from the 80's before they had a loyalty program), there were numerous ports on this cruise we had not seen before. And it's a great time of year to get out of the winter for three weeks. We got a good deal on the ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Balcony


Second time is not a charm

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BerkshireBob
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We had done the Panama Canal cruise a couple of years ago from New Orleans to Seattle, this time we opted for San Francisco to New York. The canal itself is still fascinating, but most of the other ports leave much to be desired. We had done several of the excursions before and the don't seem to ever change. We were actually more interested in three seeks of warmth and that was the best part. ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mini-Suite with Balcony

Traveled with children


Cruise Director staff difficult to understand

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dhult15
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

Luz and Joey, both from Philippines, were a joke. The morning tv show was them acting like small children. Couldn’t understand them. Since Luz was on the mic so often and then every night after the shows, most Americans complained to each other about her horrible accent. More than 1/2 passengers were European and Asian. Don’t know how they could understand. Did not enjoy the bands who were very ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window


Just so-so

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beachcomberbill
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

PART I : PORTS OF CALL We wanted to leave the cold northeast for the month. This itinerary seemed to fit the bill. We’re Platinum level members. This was our eighth cruise with NCL. We chose to fly from NYC where we live to SF in order to get the air travel over at the beginning. The air was included in the cost of the cruise, so I guess you can’t complain too much about “free”. However ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Disappointed

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KathnBri
6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

The Panama Canal transit was something I rely wanted to do and as a bonus this cruise sailed from San Francisco. We booked with a 2 night stay there before we sailed and that was well worth it. Embarkation was quick and the luggage was soon delivered to the cabin. It is probably the smallest cabin we have had compared to other cruise companies though we look on it as just somewhere to sleep. ...
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Sail Date: January 2020


Good cruise, but NCL has lost their way

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Tailwind1
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

This is my 26th review for Cruise Critic. Unlike some reviewers that join this group just to complain about a bad experience, I have, for the past 10+ years felt obliged to write about my cruise experiences. I am a professional writer in another life which tends to make my reviews long and thorough. If you want to know simply if we liked our time on the Gem, just count the stars. If you want to ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Oceanview Porthole Window


Panama Canal 21 day cruise

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theoz
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

We chose this cruise because of the itinerary and the fact that it left San Francisco and ended in New York. Being from the East Coast, we only had to fly one way. This cruise had 13 port stops which was wonderful. The ship was almost all senior citizens which we expected due to the length of the cruise. We met some wonderful people from all over the world and it was so interesting talking ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Mid-Ship Balcony


A Super Dooper Money Grab

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wobbiegongs
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

I wanted to travel through the Panama Canal on my birthday as I had done the Suez Canal with Celebrity Cruises the year before. I now call Norwegian Cruises - NO Norwegian cruises because anything you ask the staff except for our cabin guy is a NO. Or they say yes and then you find out later its a NO. I asked if I could save a space for viewing the Panama and was told Yes, the 13th floor is ...
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Sail Date: January 2020

Cabin Type: Inside


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