Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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7+ cruises


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4 out of 5

A very good NCL experience

Sail Date: April 15, 2015

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

Overall this is a very good cruise but talking to many of the passengers, we feel that it would be better to eliminate Puerto Rico and especially Tortola and spend two day in each of the other ports.  There is so much to do in both St. Maarten and St. Thomas that you could spend a lot of time there and still not get to do or see everything; both have endless shopping, beautiful beaches and rich history.  The time spent in the other to ports was too short and personally Tortolla was like visiting a depressed neighborhood.  A stop at NCL's island would have been a much better day. 

The ship itself was as always excellent with a great staff and very good food.  If there were a drawback , there could be a better variety of entertainment throughout the day; ie. they had a few movies but late at night and not a very great selection; they could have provided movies during the day with a family theme for example.  

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Service and Staff
I don't particularly like off color or suggestive comedy, but that is me
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
would be great if they eliminated Tortola, We took this cruise a couple of years back and Samana was a much better choice
Cabin / Stateroom
typical inside cabin, small but when are you in it other than to sleep
New York, New York
San Juan, Puerto Rico
not enough time
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
could stay longer, great shopping, beaches and history
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
could stay longer, great shopping, beaches and history
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
why bother, no time and depressed island; they even recommend taking a tour on another island, then why go there


If you are driving to NY, be sure to check NCL website as they sometimes offer discounts for parking ie. with coupon we saved $ 80

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