Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser

2-3 cruises


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5 out of 5

Memory-Making Cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line "Gem"

Sail Date: August 23, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Suite

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 Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Cabin / Stateroom
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!
New York, New York
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
Airboat Adventure & Combo Shuttle
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas Not applicable. 11 1/2 foot waves prevented our ship's tenders from going into Great Stirrup Cay.
Nassau, Bahamas
Go to Cabbage Beach, NOT Goodman Beach. Again, because of the tropical storm, the waves were very high and rough and undertow was bad.


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!

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