Memory-Making Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line "Gem"

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 12

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 23, 2014

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 11596

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 7 years ago

Review summary

Everything about this cruise was great, except for the fact that Tropical Storm Cristobal and 11 1/2 foot waves preventing the tenders from the ship from going into Norwegian's private island "Great Stirrup Cay".  Can't say enough good things about the food, the entertainment, the spirit of service from all the crew on board.  I would definitely recommend Norwegian Cruise Lines again.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We could not have asked for a more wonderful room steward, "Elme". Two of my 4 grandchildren shared my stateroom, and they wanted to take her home with us (I did too!) She did a fantastic job!

Ship tip

Get your breakfast at the buffet, and then eat in "La Cochina", which is air conditioned, instead of eating outside. Be aware of the fact that there is a free land shuttle from the ship's docking pier to excursion points. Saves a 10 minute walk, which helps, especially if you have a cranky hip!

Ports of call

New York, New York

3 out of 5
Get to the port early. Our boarding started at 11 am, we arrived at 10:30 AM, and were pretty near the beginning of the line.

Port Canaveral, Florida

5 out of 5
Airboat Adventure & Combo Shuttle

Great Stirrup Cay (Cruise Line Private Island), Bahamas Did not visit port

Not applicable. 11 1/2 foot waves prevented our ship's tenders from going into Great Stirrup Cay.

Nassau, Bahamas

3 out of 5
Go to Cabbage Beach, NOT Goodman Beach. Again, because of the tropical storm, the waves were very high and rough and undertow was bad.
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