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Norwegian Gem

September 2014 - Norwegian Gem to Canada, New England, New York

Nice itenerary pleasant staff

We liked this cruise as it covered a number of places we have not previously visited.  This was actually our 5th cruise this year and 3rd on NCL.  Although the staff was friendly we were not impressed with the room service or the dining rooms.  We felt that the food was mediocre and service was slow in the main dining rooms.  It was a little better in the specialty restaurants that were comped for us due to reported problems we encountered in the two main dining rooms.  With respect to the room comfort, the air conditioning was great as we like the room as cold as possible but the furniture looked worn and the bed was a bit lumpy.  We went on excursions at 4 of the 5 stops and were only completely satisfied with one of them with the Boston excursion disappointing primarily due to the guide.

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New York, New York - The port is convenient for midtown but getting off the ship is a long walk with your luggage as you have to cross a main street to access your pickup vehicle
Bar Harbor, Maine - Interesting quaint town. Enjoyed walking through downtown area and took local ride around the town. Found a great place for ice cream.
Newport, Rhode Island - We have seen some of the great palaces in Europe and Russia so we did not need to drive by the mansions. There was very little to do in port so after about two hors walking around town we returned to the ship for lunch.
Boston, Massachusetts - Disappointed with tour. Guide waisted time in town and short-changed time at last stop by 30 minutes.
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - Avoid trying to dine immediately after the first show lets out as the lines get long and you may have to wait up to 30 minutes for a table. Waiting time is shorter if you agree to sit with others. The earlier you go to breakfast at the buffet the easier to find a place to sit.

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reviewed their Canada, New England, New York cruise on Norwegian Gem and gave it 3 stars!

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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Gem"Avoid trying to dine immediately after the first show lets out as the lines get long and you may have to wait up to 30 minutes for a table. Waiting time is shorter if you agree to sit with others. The earlier you go to breakfast at the buffet the easier to find a place to sit. "