melhammers

melhammers
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Hometown: Brooklyn New York 11214
Joined: 04/08/2014
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Norwegian Gem

March 2016 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

March 22,2016 gem cruise

we were not allowed to board until 2 pm due to many guests with gastro sickness on previous cruise. We did nor leave port until 6 pm.  We were not allowed to serve ourselves until the evening of the ninth day. We had to ask for everything in the buffet.even salt and pepper. Room service which used to be free now is $7.95 per order if you did not order specialty dining before cruise there is now an ala carte menu. 

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Norwegian Gem

October 2015 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern

Carribbean cruise with Norweigian Gem

I have been on the Gem six times and lately the food is going downhill. Now in order to get dishes that were previously included like lobster tails and escargot yoy have to go to a speciality restaurant and pay $20 to $30 extra per person and even then the food is not great plus even in the specialty restaurant some dishes have an extra charge. In addition it's bad enough that Norwegian raised the tips (service charge) twice in one year and you still have to pay an addional gratuity of 18 percent in the speciality restaurants. This is like double tipping because when you are eating in a speciality restaurant you are also tipping in the dining room where you are not eating.  The excursions are very overpriced. They even discontinued a simple dish at the pasta station like spaghetti and meat sauce. Why?  They should also have trays in the buffet like some other cruise lines have 

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Carnival Splendor

March 2014 - Carnival Splendor to Caribbean - Bahamas

Carnival 8 night Bahamas cruise

My cruise was very nice as I expected.  I was very disappointed to find out that Carnival will not be in New York in 2015.  Since I live in New York  and go on two cruises every year I unfortunately will have to go with a different cruse company that leaves from New York all year long.  The shows on carnival were outstanding. The food in the main dining room was excellent  but the food in the buffet was poor with very limited choices. It was even difficult to get bread at lunch in the buffet. The refrigerator in the room was not working for the entire cruise. I mentioned it to the cabin steward and still nothing was done about it. 

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melhammers's Tips

Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - There should be more places to smoke. One side of the pool deck should be for smokers like it used to be. Cigar smoking should not be allowed anwhere
Norwegian Gem Norwegian Gem - The soups in the Buffet were terrible. Please improve on them. Please include spaghetti and meat sauce at the pasta station like you used to have on all my other cruises on the Gem. Please include Chinese dishes in the Buffet

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - Carribbean cruise with Norweigian Gem

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received a helpful vote on their Norwegian Gem cruise review - March 22,2016 gem cruise

reviewed their Caribbean - Eastern cruise on Norwegian Gem and gave it 2 stars!

shared a quick tip for Norwegian Gem"There should be more places to smoke. One side of the pool deck should be for smokers like it used to be. Cigar smoking should not be allowed anwhere"

added Mar 22, 2016 cruise on Norwegian Gem to their profile.

voted up a Norwegian Gem cruise review written by ec541 -NCL has gotten too cheap. After 5 NCL cruises in 4 years, we did NOT make a deposit for another!

commented on a Norwegian Gem cruise review. - "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 go..." read more

voted up a Norwegian Gem cruise review written by shearec -Poor