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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 0
Helpful Vote: 1

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 02, 2011
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 7 years ago

This was the first cruise that I had ever been on. My husband and I took our three kids and my daughters husband (they are all 20-34, not really "kids"). We had 3 staterooms and the layout was nice. I have to say that the crowdedness of the ship was to be expected, but I didn't think it would be that overwhelming. Most of the customers were really rude. I enjoyed the freestyle cruising except for that fact.
I think next time I would choose a larger stateroom, smaller group (ship) and not freestyle cruising. Maybe then I wouldn't feel like a herded cow every time it was meal time. And we even tried 4 of the other restaurants. They were just okay-good...nothing incredible.
I still had a good time and my kids really enjoyed themselves. Just being together as a family was the best.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
1 out of 5
Too crowded, not enough chairs on the beach and the food was just okay.
3 out of 5
The dolphin excursion and the Blue Lagoon Beach were a blast. The beach was great, plenty of room, and we did the dolphin swim and jet ski tour.
Don't Miss: Dolphins and the jet skis were amazing!
1 out of 5

Don't Miss: Walmart??? What a joke!

Pros: The ship was beautiful and the staff was wonderful.

Cons: The ports...I was very disappointed with Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach and Great Stirrup Cay.

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

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