Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Deck Hand

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4-6 cruises

Review
1

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1 out of 5

WORST VACATION EVER

Sail Date: April 01, 2008

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Family w/older children

Room Type: Oceanview

THIS WAS OUR FIRST NCL CRUISE AND IT WILL BE OUR LAST!!! FOOD WAS HORRIBLE LONG LINES AND AN UPCHARGE FOR EVERYTHING. I'VE BEEN ON SIX OTHER CRUISES ROYAL CARRIBIEAN AND CARNIVAL, GREAT SERVICE AND GREAT FOOD. WE ATE IN THE BUFFETT EVERYNIGHT BECUSE YOU CANT GET INTO ANY OTHER RESTAURANTS BECUSE OF LONG LINES THE ONLY OTHER RESTAURANT TO EAT IN WITHOUT AN UP CHARGE WAS THE GRAN PACIFIC DINING ROOM AND IT WAS AT LEAST A THREE HOUR WAIT ....WHO CAN DO THAT WITH SMALL CHILDREN SO WE ATE AT THE BUFFET EVERYNIGHT IF I SEE ANOTHER PIECE OF CHICKEN OR HAMBURGERS I WILL GET SICK I COULD HAVE STAYED HOME FOR ALOT CHEAPER. NOT ALOT OF ACTIVITIES I NEVER SAW THE CRUISE DIRECTOR ONCE, I GUESS THATS WAY THERE NOT CALLED "THE FUN SHIP" AS FAR AS FREESTYLE CRUISING THERE IS NOTHING FREE ABOUT IT I WOULD TAKE A SET SEATING ANYDAY, ALSO WATCH FOR CHARGES YOU DID NOT MAKE ON YOU ON BOARD ACCOUNT. I WAS AT THE FRONT DESK AT LEAST ONCE A DAY SO GET A PRINT OUT DAILY AND THERE NOT SO EASY TO DEAL WITH THEY WANT YOU TO WRITE A LETTER FOR EVERYTHING WHEN YOUR CRUISE IS OVER INSTEAD OF FIXING THE PROBLEM RIGHT THERE SO IF THEY CHARGE YOU FOR SOMETHING DONT EXPECT THEM TO FIX IT RIGHT AWAY. THERE WAS NO HAPPY MEDIUM WITH THE FOOD AND SERVERS OR SHOULD I SAY THE STAFF THAT TAKES YOUR DISHES FROM YOUR TABLE IN THE BUFFET, THEYB EITHER DIDNT PICK THEM UP AT ALL OR THEY CAME AND TOOK THEM TO SOON WHILE YOU WHENT TO GET A DRINK THEY WOULD TAKE YOUR FOOD THAT YOU WERE NOT DONE WITH, IT HAPPENED EVERYDAY AND THATS NOT FUN WITH SMALL CHILDREN. YOU WILL WAIT N20MINS FOR OMLETS IN THE A.M AND HALF AN HOUR FOR PASTA AT NIGHT. THE LUNCH AND DINNER BUFFET IS THE SAME SO DONT LOOK FOR CHANGE. THE ICE CREAM MACHINE WAS ALWAYS BROKE SO DONT GET YOUR KIDS EXCITED FOR ICE CREAM. ALSO WHEN YOIUR SITTING ON THE FAR DECK FOR BREAKFAST DONT BECUSE THEY WAS THE BOAT AND YOU'LL GET WET. MAKE SURE YOU GET IN SHAPE BEFORE YOU GO BECUSE YOU'LL BE USING THE STAIRS ALOT WAY WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE NOT ENOUGH ELEVATORS, AND FOR THE POOL A HEARD OF CATTLE IF YOU WANT A CHAIR BE PREPARED TO GET UP ON DECK AT 6AM OR YOUR STANDING, AND IF YOU GET A SEAT, WELL YOULL BE RUBBING ARMS AND LEGS WITH THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU, NOT AN INCH IN BETWEEN THE OVER CROWDED DECK OF A MILLIOMN CHAIRS. THE SHIP WAS NICE BECUSE ITS NEW BUT THATS ALL IT HAS GOING FOR IT I WILL NEVER CRUISE NCL AGAIN I WILL STAY WITH THE "FUN SHIP" WERE ADULTS AND CHILDREN CAN HAVE FUN

Pros: ROOM CAPTAIN

Cons: FOOD AND SERVICE

Recommends Norwegian Gem? No.

Food and Dining
HORRIBLE, I COULDNT WAIT FOR A MICKEY D'S ON THE WAY HOME
Children's Programs
MY SON HAS CRUISED 3X WITH US ON CARNIVAL AND WAS MISERABLE THE WHOLE TIME ON THIS SHIP, HE LOVED CRUISES UNTILL THIS ONE NOTHING REALLY FOR THEM TO DO BUT THE ARCADE WITCH WILL COST YOU A SMALL FORTUNE
Service and Staff
NO ONE KNOWS ANYTHING
Entertainment
NOT ALOT VERY LIMITED
Ship Quality
NICE SHIP
Cabin / Stateroom


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