Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4-6 cruises


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4 out of 5

10 Days to Sun, Sand and Fun

Sail Date: March 27, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

We really enjoyed our cruise to the Caribbean.  The Gem was a manageable size, we had the restaurant package and really used it although we find the Grand Pacific restaurant to be of high quality and service.  The Steward worked hard, kept the room neat and clean.  Used the Mandarin spa every day- a welcome retreat from the crowds.   I really resent the high price of internet access.  I think Norwegian would benefit from more people talking about good experiences on social media but cost is prohibitive.  I was sort of appalled at the drink package for kids.  Unlimited soda is unhealthy and should not be pushed by anyone.  The entertainment was subpar but we know it and don't take part.  We used the library and game room.

Food and Dining
The desserts are generally pretty bland, they look good but taste bad. The breakfasts are fantastic.
Service and Staff
Coming from NYC I have seen better shows in high school.
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
It was spring break, the kids were having fun.
Destinations and Excursions
I prefer to use the locals although the Americas Cup race in St. Martin was wonderful.
Cabin / Stateroom Although one of the least expensive, we love this location. Very stable, not crowded and close to embarkation at islands.
Ship Quality
Not too big, not too small. Staff was receptive.
New York, New York Home.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
We don't like San Juan, It seems dirty.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Loved it, great shopping, beautiful beaches.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Americas cup races wonderful, able to get a newspaper! Nice bars on the beaches.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
We ended up there on Good Friday and everything was closed.


Yes bring a watch. Download some films on your IPAD the tv choices are terrible.

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