Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Cruise to Nowhere

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1 out of 5

Pork Chops and Chicken Cruising

Sail Date: December 15, 2007

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

This is Norwegian at its best, or worst depending on what you are looking for. If you enjoy Pork Chops, Chicken, or anything else you can cook at home (Faster by the way)
Then this is the cruise line for you! Try not to look at the daily bulletin because they don't do what they promise for the day, ie The Patriots Vs Jets game on December 16 2007! They had plenty of reasons why we did'nt see it but not a lot of sympathy for all the Pats fans when we did'nt see it. Do not eat at the Blue Lagoon unless you want your party to all eat alone, as the food get's delivered to each person seprately. Also be ready to wait up to 2 hours for your breakfast or dinner in the restaurants you can get a beeper but don't go away, you'll miss out on one fine pork chop meal. Make sure you pack plenty of snacks on this boat, there are times during the day when you cannot get food (except the miserable Blue Lagoon or the Mexican restaurant, which you could starve at before you get any service!) Even the bar service on this ship was slow! What a pity! I do suggest that you get on board and find, Nigel Leventic he is the restaurant Manager, you are going to need him to get any service, then go and find Klaus Lugmaier, he is the Hotel Director and if you want any kind of sevice in your stateroom he can lend a sypathetic ear but no much else. Better yet, bully up and pay the extra money to go on a real cruise line, eat Lobster and filet mignon, and be treated Royally or like a Princess, or a Celebrity, or have a Carnival of a time. Leave this cruise line to the cheap and unfamous and invest in a great time instead of a waste of time. Norwegians new tag line EXPECT NOTHING AND GET IT!!!!

Pros: The ship was pretty

Cons: The Food and the service are left over from the Titanic!!!

Recommends Norwegian Gem? No.

Ship Quality
They are always running the vacuums on this boat even if you have to jump over the cords especially at the elevators!!!
Cabin / Stateroom
Broken coffe makers, trash under the bed and under the pull out on the 11th floor. The pull out in the minisuite is hard and not big enough for anyone over a 7 year old, forget the whole family in this room unless they sleep on the balcony which was nice! The floor out there was softer than the mattress on the sofa bed.
Food and Dining
Pork Chops and Chicken their speciality!
Service and Staff
Lots of reasons no resolving them.
Children's Programs
Luckily I did not have my kids on this particular trip, On the Majesty was abyssmal, Thank god I am not going to Italy on this Barge with my children!
Entertainment
Not much to do, and when I sat for 8 hours waiting for the Patriots game and never saw it, it was too late to do anything but nap! Oh well I know better now.


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