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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 0
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 25, 2012
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Inside
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 6 years ago

Interesting layout-- was not always forced to walk through duty-free shops. I didn't feel constantly hassled to purchase goods. Wish I knew before boarding that I could have brought on cases of soda instead of buying soda plan. Looked like they had some interesting, albeit non-essential programs for additional charges, including Deal or No Deal, Bingo and spa-lounge access for the week. I wish I had known about more of it in advance to budget my money and time better for what my desires were on board.

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Poor dessert options. Service was typically subpar - cold personalities and slow. I don't think freestyle cruising is for me - I'd rather sit at a table where the waiter gets to know me and my preferences over the course of my trip. Was not easy to get into secondary dining room (Magenta).


3 out of 5
I loved having Second City Comedy. The game/interactive shows were enjoyable, but many of them were exactly the same as my experiences with RCI (Not So Newlywed=same questions as Love and Marriage). Lovely art auctions. Trivia was always fun.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
A few staff members went above and beyond.

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Bathrooms were typically okay. Never felt any public areas were dirty. Condition was fine.

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Interior cabin was smaller than RCI equivalent on Explorer of The Seas. Otherwise average. Service from steward was excellent.

Pros: Good entertainment,

Cons: ports of call, food service,

Recommends Norwegian Gem? Yes!

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