March 2015 - Norwegian Gem to Caribbean - Eastern
We enjoyed this cruise very much as it offered us lots of optiosn. Food was great, service was impeccable and the staff was very friendly and seemed that they enjoyed themselves as much as we did.
Entertainment was ok; no top named acts (like Royal Caribbean) but enjoyable. Staff used in performances were ok but nothing to write home about. We only did one night with Special Dining (Chinese) and it was ok. Anytime we wanted steak or Italian, it was on the regular dining menu so we did not have to spend the extra bucks. FYI if you have to wait for the main dining room, they give you a pager and also give you a voucher for free drinks for each of the guests and it is only a rum punch or some other crazy drink. Was never a long wait 10-15 minutes. Never wore a suit or had to dress up. you can if you want!
We took one excursion: on Tortola we went to the Gourda Baths (not a hot spring or bath but the ocean). They rated it a 2 for physical level but really a 3-4 level as it was a lot of walking (350 years) thru uneven terrain and when you got to the water there was lots of coral underwater so you really needed water shoes. The water strength/waves did knock you around a bit and pushed you to spaces where your legs did scrape the coral. It was beautiful scenery but not at the physical level I expected.
Overall we did enjoy the cruise and the "freestyle"