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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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Review: 1
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Overall rating:

3 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: May 03, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 8106

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 8 years ago

Review summary

Usually book a balcony but all those cabins are full of smoke so we tried an outside cabin.  The cabin was fine except do not book stateroom 8106 unless you are deaf.  It sits over the boat deck and near the bowling alley disco & smoking area so noise travels up the stairway inside and outside from howling drunks who congregate outside Bliss.  Called the guest relations every night - they offered to move us but only had a cabin way forward available and we were all moved in.  Security was very lax in taking care of problem thus the nightly calls.  Guest relations did try their best to make it up to us with comp dinner and shipboard credit but I would rather have had the sleep.  On the plus side we had a good cabin stewart and the staff was very accommodating.  Also, the fish was good which is unusual on many cruise ships.  Excusion to Disneyland was too expensive and not enough time.  We made out own arrangements to Atlantis and were happy with that choice.  We liked the comedian Michael Somervile and would have liked to see more comedians.  All in all we would recommend this ship before the summer season for couples on their own.     

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
I only eat fish and it is usually not edible on many ships but it was good on the Gem


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

1 out of 5
too much noise every night from Bliss patrons coming onto deck below us

Ship tip

Make sure your cabin doesn't sit above a disco bowling alley. Noise does not emanate from there but from the howling drunks congregating outside. If you hate smoke, it permeates the area near the "French Restaurant because of a cigar bar and the casino and a smoking section outside.

Ports of call

New York, New York Did not visit port

we live in new york

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
but don't go to disneyland

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas

3 out of 5
fine for a crowded beach. Nothing to see for snokellers. Food was gone when we went to eat

Nassau, Bahamas

5 out of 5
Go to "Atlantis on your own. Only $4 per person for taxi van and you can buy tickets when you arrive.
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