Norwegian Gem

3.6 out of 5

Overview

Norwegian Gem is a large ship, carrying 2394 passengers and 1126 crew, and sails from New York, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Sails from: New Orleans, Louisiana, New York, New York

Cruises to: Caribbean - Bahamas, Caribbean - Western, Caribbean - Eastern

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Amazing Adventure

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
This was my husband and my first cruise. It took us a day or two to get the hang of how things worked, but now we are hooked. I spent a little more money than I thought I would on extras like photos, excursions and the internet package, however I would have enjoyed the cruise just as much without these additions. The ship has a lot of activities that are suitable for every age group and dynamic. When it is time to leave, you feel as if you are leaving family. I can't wait to book my next cruise! Next time, we will bring our kids.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Wonderful cruise, staff is great. Upgraded to the mini suite well worth it!

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group
Not a big fan of cruises cause I like to be adventurous but took this cruise with our kids and family members. There were 12 of us. I have to say I really enjoyed the cruise. While it was crowed there was always something to do to get away from the crowds. Love the shows and the after party in Bliss.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

BA

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)
It was a nice cruise. I was expecting a bigger pool , especially the ship was packed. Also, more variety of family activities especially on rainy days.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Gem 7 night Bahamas Cruise

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
Overall the Bahamas cruise on the Gem was good. Gem is a smaller ship having previously sailed on the Breakaway, which is much larger. Gem was clean, food was good and crew was friendly and helpful. Entertainment on the ship was great and the bands/musicians were excellent. Pool area was very crowded. Poolside BBQ was excellent. Would recommend removing the Port Canaveral stop for a 2 day/overnight stay in the Bahamas instead. Limited time to enjoy the ports of call as it felt very rushed. Suggest that excursion staff are waiting when you get off the ship at the various ports to direct you where to go as it was chaotic and disorganized especially at the Bahamas port. Despite some of the minor issues, we had a great time on the Bahamas cruise on the Gem.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Very nice

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (young children)
It was just me and my child, and I found myself making heavy use of Splash Academy where the children go and play and you can do whatever. The staff was great and she had a lot of fun. I got to eat dinners in peace and go to the casino :). I didn't not realize that Great Stirrup Cay is basically a beach, that is all there is to do there, so people might want to know that. Not thrilled with the choice of tv programming available and $10 to watch a movie is very pricey. I've been on other cruises and this ship before and found out they no longer do the chocolate buffet, which is a shame. Usually the last night, the chefs do a whole bunch of intricate carvings and people line up to see it and take pictures and then they open it up for eating, but no more. :( Overall it was nice, the Duo Aura show was amazing and recommend it to everyone.

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  • Price: $

  • Size: L

  • Total Passengers: 2394

  • Total Crew: 1126

  • Crew to Passenger Ratio: 2.13

  • Built: Oct 2007

  • Refurbished: 7 yrs ago

  • Number of Decks: 12

  • Total Cabins: 1197

  • Cabin Categories: 43

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tony66
Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Feb 16, 2017

Avoid peak times at breakfast buffet if you can

newyorkexpress
Contributor Level: Third Mate
Dec 26, 2015

Restaurants are extremely overpriced even for New York standards. Spinnaker Lounger too small to hold trivia,dance and contest shows. Smoking anywhere on board should be forbidden. Loudspeakers in sunbathing aft deck should be OFF!

cmtuttle
Contributor Level: Purser
Jun 10, 2015

If you think these cruise ships don't read or act on your comments, I complained after our Breakaway trip and our dinner at Moderno that nothing was marked at the buffet in it. This cruise? EVERY SINGLE DISH at the buffet was marked. If you are a fan of eating all types of meat, this din is great!

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