Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

2-3 cruises


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4 out of 5

The GEM is a GEM

Sail Date: January 05, 2008

Reviewed: 9 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Overall, a pleasure to cruise on this virtually brand new ship. Non-smoking policy is a great improvement over our cruise last year - smoking only allowed in casino, which was very smoky, and a few places on deck. For the first time, we were able to visit all of the bars. The whiskey/beer bar was very comfortable and the entertainment was terrific. The two main dining rooms were very well appointed and comfortable. Staff and food were great, as usual. Tendering still needs to be better coordinated and it would help if there was someone manning the excursion desk in the morning of the excursions for last minute questions.

Pros: Non-Smoking throughout most of the ship

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

Ship Quality
Everything was brand new and in great condition, except the ship navigation channel was not working.
Food and Dining
New policy to only allow reservations to be made for the current and next day was less convenient than making all reservations at the beginning of the trip. It was impossible to get through by phone in the morning so we had to get up and go to the reservation desk each time we wanted to make a reservation for the next day. Although reservations were no longer being accepted in a couple of the specialty restaurants, we noticed many empty tables the entire time we were dining.
Cabin / Stateroom
10th deck balcony stateroom was very roomy with lots of storage space. Bathroom very functionaly.
Service and Staff
Staff very nice, except casino management a little curt.
Shows were exceptional. Entertainment in bars also exceptional.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Very nice port to visit.
Don't Miss: Catamarran to swim with turtles and terrapins was terrific!!!
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
A dock would have been much better than tendering. The tender lines completely clogged the stairways making for a dangerous situation.
Don't Miss: Racing sailboats were great.
Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I.
Very nice port and people - a little less congested
Don't Miss: Cane bay was beautiful - very good lunch and nice bus ride to see island.
St. George's, Grenada
Not much here - no desire to return
Roseau, Dominica
Very nice port and people
Don't Miss: Water tubing was lots of fun, bus ride gave a nice tour of the island.
St. John's, Antigua

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