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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 3

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
9 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: January 21, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 4535
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

 Having cruised with the US Navy for four years, my expectations of being on the ocean were as expected. as for my first time on a commercial cruise ship, i would definitely do it again. i spoke with many experienced cruisers as well as read comments from various web resources prior to our trip. we hoped for the best, planned for the worst, and we were very pleased to say the least. The only frustrating part was that some of the port visits just seemed to short.

I believe there are a very wide range of factors that affect peoples reviews including but not limited to their standard of living, expectations, prior experiences and so on  however, perhaps the key question is... "was it worth the money?"

 We (wife and I) paid approximately $1140 for the tickets, $150 for insurance, $250 gratuities, $360 to park at the pier, $300 on  two shore excursions, not counting cab fares, water taxis, souvenirs etc... YES IT WAS WORTH IT.

 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

n/a

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

if you want to go from deck four to deck twelve (or vs/vs), take the elevator. if you want to go from the front of the ship to the back (or vs/vs) take deck seven "outdoors"
we ate most meals at the garden cafe

5 out of 5
shows, museums, etc visit their site...nyc.gov/ visitors
5 out of 5
not enough time to "explore" however San Juan has a Walmart if you forgot anything
5 out of 5
great shopping opportunities and excursions
5 out of 5
airport beach and shore excursions
5 out of 5
"the baths" are beautiful but port visit was to short to enjoy
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