9 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip) Sail Date: February 23, 2013 Ship: Norwegian Gem Cabin Type: Oceanview Traveled As: Singles/Friends Reviewed: 5 years ago
We liked sailing from NY but it took 1 3/4 hours to board ship. We did not like the free style dining. We prefer to sit with a group of people ad get to know them. We did sit with two couples- one where my husband sailed on a shore excursion with the man, and the other where we shared a table so we would have to wait less time for a table. We did not like having to wait 20-30 minutes for a table in the main dining roomss. We did have nice conversations with people who shared our table for breakfast. We do not think the food was as good as on other lines. We have sailed with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Holland America. On every other cruise there have been a couple who held Bridge classes. There was no priest to celebrate Mass (we are not Roman Catholic, but we were gone 2 Sundays). Also, no Protestant minister to conduct a Service on Sunday. Therre was a charge of $55 to take a tour of the ship- not on the one cruise where my husbant took a tour. We did not like the fact that there were so many specialty restaurants where you had to pay extra for the food. Their library did not have many current books in it. The other cruises we have been on had as part of their information a paper with the daily news. The acoustics in our cabin were poor. We could hear the TV from the cabin next to us, as well as people talking, as well as cabin doors closing. The shore excursions we went on were good, and one thing we had not experienced on other ships, although they may have had a similar program was a very good explanation of a number of shore excursions with photos included.
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