Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Third Mate

Experience
1 cruise (first)

Review
1

Helpful Votes
12

2 out of 5

Loved The Cruise....But!..............

Sail Date: February 26, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Cabin: GTY

 

 

 

 

As a first timer "Cruiser" I enjoyed myself. However the food choice was a bit repeative, although it was top quailty.

The food included in the cruise price is extremely limited. No seafood for free, and although the buffet was vast it serves the same exact thing every single day. most of the activites "included in the cruise price" were 30 minutes or less. You are pressured to spend money everywhere you turn. it kinda takes the fun out of cruising. I would rather the ticket price be higher and include more, because you get the bare minimum in the all inclusive" package deals. DRINKS ON THE SHIP!!!!! beware, I had a jager bomb and my wife had a appletini yes you counted right just two drink and the price was a whopping 29.68 USD

 

Diamonds International or any variation of the name steer clear...they will offer you little trinkets that look amazing on the boat. but they are not!

They pressure you to buy stuff you can't afford, like 25,000 braclets and 48,000 Diamond rings. I am a blunt person and I repeatedly told them no but they had my credit card and identification because we bought one of their "deals". So they kept us hostage by refusing to give us our cards back until I made a scene and they let us go. ONLY TO FIND OUT THAT $199.00 pair of earings were fake they made my wifes ears burn. we had to spend half our day in St. Thomas hopping between 4 different diamond international stores to return them. We had to make a scene there as well for someone to finally take their product back. ANYTHING YOU BUY YOU CANNOT RETURN!!!!!! THEY CONSIDER IT BUYERS REMORSE EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT OR IT BURNS YOUR WIFES EARS BECAUSE THE METAL IS CHEAP YOU CANNOT RETURN IT!!!!!! Finally I threatened to stop everyone who came into the store and show them my wifes ears before they would refund my card. Even then I get back to the ship only to find out that my credit card had been authorized for 52,000 Dollars. Which I had to spend 28 dollars in phone and internet charges to clear up.

 

In every port things are not cheap like people say they are.... if anything they are more expensive. A pair of flipflops you get from walmart for $10.00 you won't find for cheaper then 40.00 USD cigarettes and booze are cheap but even the food is outragious.

 

My biggest upset was I was not prepared for the real cost of a cruise. No warning is giving to first timers about the on board mandatory service fee's which are 12.00 per person per day...yes you heard me right! so if a family of 4 takes a cruise it is an additional 100.00 USD A DAY. So a 9 night cruise is 900.00 DOLLARS you get to pay at the end on top of the cost of the ticket.

 

My advice to anyone who reads this is ...Rent a sail boat it will be cheaper and more fun or prepare to drop about 6,000. bucks for a decent cruise.

Happy cruising and good luck.....OH and the ship was very clean, and the staff was friendly, I suppose because they are robbing you blind.

Cruise Photos

Ship Quality
very clean
Food and Dining
great quality but serves the same stuff day after day.
Cabin / Stateroom
very clean and spacious
Service and Staff
friendly, to a point
Entertainment
the "free" activities were a joke, and the good stuff costs too much
Children's Programs
bad weather
Onboard Activities
all the good stuff, you have to pay for.
Destinations and Excursions
cayo laventato because I wasn't haggled as much as the other islands. excursions are too expensive
New York, New York
well it was new york..lol it is always bad and overpriced
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Prices are higher than the US. and no real culture just shops selling overpriced cheaply made trinkets like at the local beaches back home
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
So expensive, 11.00 for a beer and Med fries
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
all the islands look the same, shops selling crap and hagglers won't stop bothering you. they follow you around
Samana, Dominican Republic
ummm...there was nothing there, they wanted 20 bucks a person to take you 2 miles to the city on the back of motorcyles...prostitues and druggies bother you horrible...but the cruise ship gets ya, you can go to the nice private beach for 15.00 per person instead of just taking everyone there to begin with

Tip

If you have a problem while on the ship, it is better to keep it to yourself. Most of the staff is foreign and look at you like you are spoiled americans or canadians that just want something for free instead of actually taking care of the problem...all you hear is that they haven't seen their families in 6 months so they can keep their jobs to serve you. so you can tip them better. I think I am going to try flying to the islands next time



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