glorian

glorian
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Hometown: Easthampton, MA
Joined: 07/11/2012
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Norwegian Gem

August 2015 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Bahamas

Port Canaveral & Bahamas cruise - August 29, 2015

Our itinerary was going to be changed due to a Tropical Storm headed to the Bahamas, but at the last minute, we were able to keep the same itinerary.  The weather was perfect for the entire trip and calm seas.  The GEM has a variety of different types of entertainment to keep you busy all day and night. 

Their private island in Bahamas is a very relaxing experience.  Food and music was provided along with games and water sports.  There are always plenty of lounge chairs for everyone, which is a plus. 

Nassau can be quite overwhelming with vendors, but I took the Blue Lagoon  Beach excursion which was terrific.  You board a small boat and they show you a few of the local attractions on the way to the beach.  There is a lovely beach with chairs under the palm trees, lunch was provided along with dolphins and sea lions to observe at your leisure.  It is a very relaxing excursion and well worth it.

If you are a single/solo cruiser, I recommend attending the gathering every evening lead by a cruise staff member.  It is really a great place to meet others who are traveling alone and would enjoy dining with someone.  I hooked up with a few and we hung out the entire cruise. 

The only unpleasant observation I noticed at times was in the main dining room.  Without assigned seating, it appears that the waiters/waitresses are so overwhelmed with serving table after table, that they do forget to bring you what you requested.  I will always prefer assigned seating where you can enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere each night. 

All in all, Norwegian does a great job and would recommend it to anyone.

 

 

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Explorer of the Seas

February 2013 - Explorer of the Seas to Caribbean - Bahamas

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This was my fifth time on the Explorer of the Seas and they have always lived up to my expectations. Captain Olav is absolutely wonderful; he is very visible on the ship on a daily basis. The cruise director, Richard Spacey, is one of the best that I have ever experienced on my 14 cruises. The waitstaff will bend over backwards to accommodate your every need. I have never encountered a problem with any of the staff. As far as the itinerary, I was aware of the late arrival at Port Canaveral and Nassau and was disappointed we did not have more daylight hrs in these two ports. It seems that everyone was back before dark, which gave us only 4 hrs. or so on the islands. But Coco Cay is such a fun island; so much do so, or just relax in the hammocks scattered all over the island. I will return to Explorer of the Seas in November for a Caribbean cruise.

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Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - I must comment on the pool area. I was very happy to see that children were told to use their pool only. Often times, during my week on cruise, children were in adult pool. Hoorah..........There also seemed to be enough chairs on decks during sea days. That is a plus!
George Town, Grand Cayman - I really did not see much on Grand Cayman. I just visited a beach for a few hours, which was very nice. Did not try any restaurant
Colon, Panama - I took a tour of the Panama Canal, a walk through the rain forest and a boat ride down the Changron River. It was a very well guided tour; I recommend this to anyone.
Cartagena, Colombia - I was a bit leary about this island; did not want to travel too far from the ship. I took a cruise around the area on a replica of a pirate ship and it was very informative and lasted only a few hours. Did not eat on the island
Cozumel, Mexico - At this point of the cruise, I was getting very tired because of the lack of sleep and fun every day. I just walked through the city and got to visit Margaritaville and bought some local crafts. It was a very enjoyable day.
Puerto Limon, Costa Rica - I tried the zip-line through the rain forest. WOW. It was very terrifying but very exciting at the same time. It is not for everyone, but I just had to try it. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.

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