Could have been better

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean
Experience: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 2

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

7 Night Adriatic/Greece/Turkey (Venice Roundtrip)

Sail Date: September 04, 2010

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin Type: Inside

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review Summary

My wife and I took this cruise for our honeymoon and i think the ship itself is beautiful but the reception staff were very cold and uncaring about your needs. The food was not great and the only restaurant open after 10:30 pm was the blue lagoon which only served the same fast food every day. I have cruised before with royal caribbean and carnival and the food was 10X better. The itineraries were ok, could have avoided nafplion greece and dubrovnik croatia, nothing to really see or do there. My wife and I did enjoy Athens Greece and Izmir Turkey. go to Cesme beach in Izmir, beautiful!!! I want to take another norweigan cruise back in the US just to see if my complaints are mainly overseas in the mediterranean.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Food was horrible


3 out of 5
good activities

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
reception staff

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Nice sized ship, updated, new.

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
small state rooms, more cramped than older ships i have been on. unacceptable for a newer ship.

Ports Of Call

Piraeus (Athens), Greece

5 out of 5
ancient city with alot of history, very nice people.
Don't Miss: see the acropolis, which contains the parthenon

Izmir, Turkey

5 out of 5
My wife is turkish and the people were friendly and helpful, very good cafes and food, very liberal city, lots of public transportation. DO NOT TAKE TAXIS!!! they will rip you off. use the otobus (autobus in english).
Don't Miss: must see the beach areas in Cesme (pronounced Cheshme).

Dubrovnik, Croatia

1 out of 5
old city, nothing to do but see old castles and croatians are very rude people.
Don't Miss: nothing

Nafplion (Nauplion), Greece

1 out of 5
old city, nothing to see at all except an ancient castle which is perched atop a huge hill with 1,000 steps up.

Pros: freestyle cruising, laid back atmosphere

Cons: small state rooms, reception staff rude and uncaring, food was not great

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

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