July 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Bahamas
My family of 4 (kids are 6 and 9) just returned from our 1st family cruise. It was excellent. My favorite port was Great Stir up Cay, BEAUTIFUL!! We booked an early excursion, so we were on the 1st tender. I heard from another family that they were on the 18th tender, and there were no seats or shade by the time they got to the island. I recommend trying to get an early tender for an awesome beautiful experience. The staff was very friendly and the ship was clean. The food was good. Dining room for was good, but our favorite meals where when we upgraded to the Italian and Sushi restaurants. The a la cart upgrade charge was reasonable, and cheaper than what we would have been charged at a restaurant. We did not have any reservations, but never had an issue being seated. The kids loved the buffet and would have eaten there for every meal, but I like seat down service. There was plenty to keep all of us happy and entertained while on the ship. The only drawback was the pool and pool deck, both very small for the number of people on the ship. At 8:30AM there were already no seats to be had poolside. We found that going to the pool around 3pm was better, as people started to leave more space became available. All and all a great vacation, and we do plan on cruising again soon.