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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 7
Helpful Votes: 33

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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11 Night Exotic Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 05, 2008
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 9 years ago
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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
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.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Shows were exceptional. Entertainment in bars also exceptional.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Staff very nice, except casino management a little curt.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Everything was brand new and in great condition, except the ship navigation channel was not working.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
10th deck balcony stateroom was very roomy with lots of storage space. Bathroom very functionaly.
3 out of 5
Not much here - no desire to return
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5
Very nice port to visit.
Don't Miss: Catamarran to swim with turtles and terrapins was terrific!!!
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Very nice port and people
Don't Miss: Water tubing was lots of fun, bus ride gave a nice tour of the island.

Pros: Non-Smoking throughout most of the ship

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

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