jules1317
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Hometown: Pennsylvania
Joined: 07/07/2015
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Norwegian Gem

May 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Bahamas

Very Disappointed in NCL!

We were really looking forward to this cruise because of the itinerary and convenience of the port near our home. One day before departure, we received a notice that we would not be going to their private island (Great Stirrup Cay) and would go straight to Nassau for propulsion system repairs. Apparently the ship has been doing this for a couple cruises before ours and are still doing this for the upcoming cruises.  It would have been nice to get notice of this earlier so we could plan accordingly and maybe even transfer to another cruise.  We received a $50 onboard credit per cabin.  I guess NCL thinks that their island stop is only worth $50, it should have been per person. We really wanted to go to their island because we read a ton of reviews that it was the best stop on the cruise and had planned paddle boarding and snorkeling a shipwreck.

 

The first two days down the Atlantic were terrible with high winds and the ocean was very rough.  We couldn't even go out on deck to read a book or enjoy other outdoor activities. Port Canaveral was a good stop for us because we went to Epcot and enjoyed the Flower & Garden Festival.  I wish we had more time at this port and less at Nassau. We did get an extra half day in Nassau because of skipping their private island and did a kayak excursion which was okay.  The second Nassau day we went to Atlantis and really enjoyed that.  We did not book through ship, way too expensive. The last two days sailing back was better, but still windy.  I think I was able to enjoy 4 hours total out on the deck. Of course there were plenty of people out on deck tanning, but I just wanted to read and the wind made it hard to do this.

 

The activities were just ok.  They had plenty of trivia and bingo games.  The cost of the bingo games were outrageous, $39 for 3 cards, $49 for 6 cards and so on. There was one budget bingo where you play one game with one card for $10. The singing & dancing shows were good, Corey Cahaney comedian was good, but the Majika illusion show was kind of corny and they were all about selling their DVD.

 

The food was decent in the buffet and good in the dining rooms. Two of us must have gluten free food, so we ate in the dining rooms most of the time. We had no problems at all with getting GF food and their special diets person made everything very easy and stress free for us.

 

Overall, the ship was clean and the staff was very nice.  It's a bit smaller than what we are used to. The itinerary change and how NCL handled it was our biggest issue along with being stuck inside the ship for a long time. We now know that 4 days at sea is not for us, at least on a smaller ship.  Bigger ships have more activities and it may have not been so bad to pass the time.

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Adventure of the Seas

June 2015 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Just an OK Cruise Vacation

This was just an OK cruise for our family of 8.  I was expecting a bit more from RC, we had a better vacation on a Carnival cruise last year.  The food in the Main Dining area was good while the food in the Windjammer buffet was just mediocre. We ate at the specialty restaurant Giovanni's Table and thought the food was nothing special and certainly not worth spending almost 3 hours there for $25 per person. The staff was very courteous and helpful, especially when we had to deal with getting gluten free food. The rooms are a tad too small, OK for a couple. We had oceanview and it was just too small for 3 of us. We did have problems with our toilet not flushing on 4 different instances. Our families other cabin had a wet floor the entire trip and had to have a fan blowing on it. For the ship just having an upgrade, more improvements should have been made to the staterooms. The entertainment was OK, nothing special, however, I did enjoy the ice show. The big movie screen was OK, but it would have been nice to have something on it all day during sea days, maybe the World Cup competition or movie. There really was not a whole lot going on at sea days unless you wanted to be crowded in a packed pool with drunks or see a belly flop contest or sexiest man contest. There was no place for 10 - 14 year olds to swim or have fun in pools, too packed with adults, especially when they close down one pool in the middle of the afternoon to have swim aerobics. The Royal Promenade was just OK as well. A couple of bars, Ben & Jerry's and some shopping stores. The stores did not have a good selection of merchandise, which is good for me as I did not spend much money at all. The island itinerary was good, I would skip St. Kitts next time, but loved Aruba & Curacao. Overall, a  good vacation, great staff, but would not go back on this ship.

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Carnival Legend

June 2014 - Carnival Legend to Caribbean - Western

Island Princess

June 2011 - Island Princess to Alaska - Gulf of Alaska

jules1317's Tips

Port Canaveral, Florida - Need longer time at this port to do an amusement park. It takes about an hour to get to the parks from Port Canaveral, so only had about 5 hours in park.
New York, New York - Embarkation day was ok, but disembarkation and going through customs was terrible! Add on an extra hour or so for this process.
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - Small ship and not many activities for four days at sea.
Oranjestad, Aruba - Book Jolly Pirates snorkel & swim. Includes BBQ lunch and good snorkeling and swing into the ocean. Tons of fun and great price for all ages!

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