May 2015 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Bahamas
My husband and I and our 2 kids (ages 7 & 9) had a great time on the Gem. NCL is family friendly and has less of a "party" atmosphere than other cruiselines we have traveled. We liked the early show times and the variety of entertainment. The food was wonderful, high quality, and they offered a great variety in the buffet compared Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The kids enjoyed Splash Academy. The only thing that we were disappointed about was the size of the pool area. The pools are too small for the amount of guests and they got extremely crowded. Also, all the chairs around the pool would be reserved with guest's items by 7 am. Many of these chairs remained unused most of the day and the cruise staff did not remove items from these chairs so other guests could use them. This was frustrating for those of us who did not get up early enough to reserve a chair and would have used it. The waterslide could use a good wax or coat of paint to make it slippery. You would only go a few feet and then have to propel yourself down the rest of the way. Overall, we have had wonderful experiences with NCL and plan on cruising again with them in the future.