First cruise ever, it was everything I expected

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
9 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 26, 2014
Cabin Type: Oceanview
Cabin Number: 8514
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 3 years ago

I really wasn't sure what to expect on my first cruise ever, but this one met my every expectation.   Actually it was better than I expected.  When I saw that there were "specialty" resturants on the cruise I feared that the included dining was sub-par.  It was not the case, In fact we ate at the 5 complimentary venues every meal and were delighted every time.   The items that stuck out in my mind were: 

 

Everything was spotless - I was never aware of the staff cleaning, or taking out the trash in the public places, but I never saw a bathroom in dissarray, a trash can overflowing, or so much as a spill on the floor. 

 

Never aware of the Staff moving about.  - All elevators and stairways for the passengers never had staff in them.  This gave the whole trip a feeling of extravagance that I really appreciated.   

 

Glasses instead of Plastic cups, linens instead of paper napkins.   - again made me feel special. 

 

Never a wait for dinner, or a lounge chair on deck.  -  I was especially gratefully surprised how well the Gem absorbed 2300 guests without anywhere seeming crowded.   

 

Staff remembered my name. -  All I had to do was meet them once, and it was always "hello jonathan" right down to the waiter, bartender, or maid.   

 

Sure these things seem like small things, but I've been on enough vacations where places cut these corners, and when a resort doesn't I appreaciate it.   

 

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
main dining room was wonderful. felt good dressing up.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
got some dance lessons, karoke, ...

Entertainment

5 out of 5
shows great.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
the circus was cude but I didn't have any kids.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
the tops.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
spotless, well maintained.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
small but fine. next time definitely a balcony

Ship Tip

Blue lagoon chicken wings and brownie sundae for lunch were great. Main Dining room stripped steak was about the best steak I've every had (get the butternut squash with it.) don't be afraid to special order dinners as well, I mixed and matched parts of the different dinners

5 out of 5
its home.
5 out of 5
toured the fort. really nice.
5 out of 5
snorkeling, beach, great.
5 out of 5
turtle snorkeling, and beach. great.
5 out of 5
rain forest and caves. wow.
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