Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Europe - Eastern Mediterranean

Deck Hand

7+ cruises


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3 out of 5

NCL Eastern Med

Sail Date: September 04, 2010

Reviewed: 6 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We were greeted with a man handing us a Welcome Aboard drink which we took but thankfully didn't drink as he proceeded to ask for $9.00 a drink! That was just the beginning! If you took anything from the refirgerator in the room, you were charged %18 on top of the cost of the item. We had a room right over the tenders and they banged into the ship all day everytime they were used. We tried to get another room but were told both weeks were booked. We know for a fact that friends of ours on the first week were offered a second week in a room that obviously was open. The slot machines were very tight and paid out litlle to nothing. We went to many ports that we would have loved to explore more but by the time everyone got off, there was little time to see anything but Souvenir shops. The food in the specialty restaurants was no better than the dinning hall. Therefore, most nights the dinning rooms were packed with up to an hour wait. The 24 hour Garden Room served very little that was not cold and dried out. I do have to say that the staff were very nice and friendlyand also the ship was very clean. We have been on other cruise lines and know that this cruise line did not begin to match the quality. First and last NCL for us.

Pros: Meeting people from other countries. Would have loved eating with other people.

Cons: Excursions too expensiver, time at ports too short, add on charges for doing anything, freestyle eating, quality of food.

Recommends Norwegian Gem? No.

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Cabin / Stateroom
No one should be given the room above the tenders We could hear the tenders being prepared one morning starting at 6:00am.
Service and Staff
Iraklion (Heraklion), Crete
Total waste of time. Again, the shuttle took us to the port gate and we had to walk quite a ways to get to the main street but that was nothing but souvenir shops too!
Mykonos, Greece
Got a cab driver who drove us all over the island. He was great. There are many beached in Mykonos and we would have loved to spend some time at one. But back to the ship we had to go!
Corfu, Greece
Again, too many people there. The NCL shuttle bus dropped us off a long way from the fort. We had to wander through Souvenir after Souvenir shop to get to the fort. Our previous trip to Corfu took us right into the the fort area.
Santorini, Greece
Santorini is beautiful but it was 3 hours from the time the ship anchored until we got to the town. Highlight was sitting in a little open air restaurant and watching the sunset. Then we had to get back in line to get back to the ship. Would loved to have spent more time there!
Izmir, Turkey
We had a private tour arranged throught the Internet and it was excellent. There were 6 of us in a private van and it cost half the price of the ship excursion, including lunch.
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
We had a private tour arranged through the Internet and it was terrific with just four of us and half the price of the ship excurision.
Venice, Italy
We wandered around Venice on our own and woud have loved to stay there longer. When there are so many ships at the same port at the same time, the crowds distract from the beauty of a port. It would be wonderful if the cruise line varied their times at a port.
Split, Croatia
Not much different from other ports. We could have skipped this one and had more time on some of the Greek Isles. Dubravnik going and Splitcoming back is a waste of time.
Dubrovnik, Croatia
So many people that it was hard to enjoy. We have been there before when there were few people and really enjoyed it.

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