Sailed on the 3rd week of the inagural month. European itin - so every port was wonderful. There is so much to see in Europe, this itin was primarily in Italy - that every day was full from early morning to evening. Many of the shore excursions try to cover too much. We complained about the one that does both Taormina & Mt Etna as you spend most of the tour driving - although both places are wonderful to see - we didn't have much time to look around - only 15 minutes on top of Mt Etna after a 2 hr ride to get there. Shore excursion desk gave us a partial refund and were very accommodating. In Rome, we did the Vatican tour which was great, but once again so much to see - the tour guides practically run through some areas to keep you on schedule. To do it over again, I would plan one place to see at a time on an excursion. The Italians are very fit and are used to walking/climbing stairs all day long - not like us Americans who usually drive everywhere! All in all, was great fun - I highly, highly recommend this ship - it's spectacular!
Best Ship Since the Norway !!
Sail Date: October 01, 2007
Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Pros: New ship - excitiing decor - Freestyle dining
Cons: Not enough time to enjoy the ship. Shore excursions are too rushed.
Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!