Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Great trip with a few minor flaws

Sail Date: February 27, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Large Group

Room Type: Inside

My wife and I had a great trip, saw some really cool things, and met some really nice people.  The flaws included being left standing on the dock in San Juan i the sun with infants and the elderly due to the San Juan Port Authority. Wednesdays in St Thomas are very crowded as multiple ships are docked which led to a shortened excursion to Turtle Cove (not really a cove so much as a divot in Buck Island) and overcrowding which meant snorkeling was frustrating. Also, be aware the pictures of the Virgin Gorda Baths are of the caves not the beach they are of the caves. The beach is rocky with moderate currents and the caves are for the physically fit. I repeat if you have any infirmaties do not enter the caves! If you are not a strong swimmer and plan on doing more than sunbathing do not book the baths. I stress again, this was a great experience I am only offering these points as guidance.  As a first time cruiser I will certatinly say your mileage may very.

Ship Quality
Ship was nice perfect for a first cruise
Food and Dining
Found the service in Magenta to be better than the main dining room. Food seemed "preprocessed"? They also close the ice cream about 10, come on hasn't anyone craved a late nite ice cream?
Service and Staff
Judy Reyes (Stewardess), Keith (Waiter Magenta), Billy Pando (Piano player/Singer)
As good as it gets on a moving stage
Children's Programs We were all adults
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Excursions were good but crowded and some of the pictures are misleading.
Cabin / Stateroom
Nice room great bed but will make you envious of the space in a shoe box.
New York, New York
Lots to do.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Go to the tourism office and get a map It's just past the post office and to the right on your way to the first fort in a peach colored building
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Look for the alleys between the streets, this is were the shops and the scenery are
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
They will try to discourage you from the French side but do it anyway
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Amazing wildlife but the pics they show are from the caves. Be prepared for a rocky beach and moderate surf. If you are not a strong swimmer skip the beach and unless you are fairly active don't go into the caves.

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