Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

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4-6 cruises

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2 out of 5

overhyped and under delivered

Sail Date: June 29, 2008

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/young children

Room Type: Suite

The ship is beautiful but lacks a lot of luster. Our first 36 hours was appalling. We have cruised on Royal Caribbean several times before and should have stayed with them! The staff aboard the Gem is rude and unattentive. They will not so a thing for you unless there is a major problem and then they start to kiss your feet. There is a limit to the term 'freestyle cruising' . There are little to no planned activities during sailing times and you have to pay for every little item aboard ship other than one or two restaurants. And speaking of restaurants...the food is great in Magentas and the buffet but go outside of that and it is lackluster cafeteria food. If it's between the two stick with another cruiseline and let the Gem work out all of its 'kinks'

Pros: the food

Cons: lack of service, entertainment

Recommends Norwegian Gem? No.

Children's Programs
kid's club was great when it was open
Cabin / Stateroom
rooms are really nice and spacious. great beds!
Ship Quality
layout is horrible. very nice decor.
Food and Dining
nice looking restaurants. don't pay for the 'surcharge' restaurants...not worth the extra money
Service and Staff
staff is horrible.
Entertainment
little to no entertainment. nothing is planned except for one show per night
Naples, Italy
don't pay for the ships outrageous tours...grab a tour on land. you see more for less
Don't Miss: check out the lemons!
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
don't pay for the ships outrageous tours...grab a tour on land. you see more for less
Valletta, Malta
don't pay for the ships outrageous tours...grab a tour on land. you see more for less
Don't Miss: st. pauls cathedral?
Livorno (Florence & Pisa), Italy
don't pay for the ships outrageous tours...grab a tour on land. you see more for less
Cannes, France
don't pay for the ships outrageous tours...grab a tour on land. you see more for less


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