We have been on many cruises on the Gem. We found the shows to be very good. We will be going back next month and we hope the new renervation is good. The food however has been going downhill with every cruise. Now you are forced to go to a specialty restaurant to get better food. The free drinks offered are not free as I was told you have to prepay $128.00 per person for them. Of course the ship is going to be more rocky in the winter months. Two of the four jacuzies should be off limits to children. The cruise prices and tips keep going up when fuel prices keep going down. Why?