Great ship - exceeded expectations!

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

12 Night Exotic Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)

Sail Date: November 21, 2007

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin Type: Balcony

Traveled As: Large Group

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review Summary

The NCL Gem was truly just that....a Gem! The crew really went out of their way to ensure quality service! I enjoyed having a person to turn to when we needed a special reservation or to celebrate an event. The crew really went out of their way to make sure we were kept happy. The food was fantastic. I was very surprised as I have been on upper scale cruiselines and my level of expectation on NCL wasn't that high. I was very impressed with the quality and variety of the various menus. I also need to menion the faciltiies at the Spa. The jacuzzis were amazing...and so was the freshly squeezed OJ!

Ports Of Call

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

3 out of 5
Very nice but it was a Sunday and everything was closed! Too bad a day wasted.

Agadir, Morocco

1 out of 5
Same as Casablanca but not as cosmopolitan. More povery, kids begging, no middle class. There were some pretty spots but overall wasn't as nice.

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
This was my favorite of all the ports. What a beautiful city! Very welcoming, the people were friendly. This city really grabbed me. From cobble stone streets to the little bakeries and cafes...I am surely coming back here!
Don't Miss: There is a lot of history here....take a tour (on your own)

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

3 out of 5
This port was incredible. We walked along the beach for hours. It was very pretty.
Don't Miss: The beach

Malaga, Spain

3 out of 5
very nice....siesta made it hard to shop

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

3 out of 5
Very nice port. Again a siesta. Spain overall is wonderful, but like all other European countries, the siesta doesn't allow for exploring too much on your own.

Casablanca, Morocco

3 out of 5
I thought this was a very interesting port but the povery level, lack of cleanliness, and no public bathrooms made us uneasy. This port had a lot of culture but if you are looking for the "movie" feel...watch the DVD instead!

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

3 out of 5
Another great place....couldn't see much though unless you went to Seville which was a two hour drive.

Gibraltar (U.K.)

3 out of 5
Very nice. We did a tour of the rock...lots to see...monkeys, caves, tunnels! Too expensive to shop though.
Don't Miss: The Rock!

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

3 out of 5
This port was incredible. We walked along the beach for hours. It was very pretty.
Don't Miss: The beach

Casablanca, Morocco

3 out of 5
I thought this was a very interesting port but the povery level, lack of cleanliness, and no public bathrooms made us uneasy. This port had a lot of culture but if you are looking for the "movie" feel...watch the DVD instead!

Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

3 out of 5
Very nice port. Again a siesta. Spain overall is wonderful, but like all other European countries, the siesta doesn't allow for exploring too much on your own.

Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands

3 out of 5
Very nice but it was a Sunday and everything was closed! Too bad a day wasted.

Malaga, Spain

3 out of 5
very nice....siesta made it hard to shop

Gibraltar (U.K.)

3 out of 5
Very nice. We did a tour of the rock...lots to see...monkeys, caves, tunnels! Too expensive to shop though.
Don't Miss: The Rock!

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
This was my favorite of all the ports. What a beautiful city! Very welcoming, the people were friendly. This city really grabbed me. From cobble stone streets to the little bakeries and cafes...I am surely coming back here!
Don't Miss: There is a lot of history here....take a tour (on your own)

Cadiz (Seville), Spain

3 out of 5
Another great place....couldn't see much though unless you went to Seville which was a two hour drive.

Agadir, Morocco

1 out of 5
Same as Casablanca but not as cosmopolitan. More povery, kids begging, no middle class. There were some pretty spots but overall wasn't as nice.

Pros: Freestyle - really can do whatever and whenever!

Cons: Would have prefered to have more into on onboard activities - found out about events by chance

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

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