Good but poor experience onboard the NCL Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3.0 out of 5
9 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: April 15, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 11080
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

We've cruised many times before ... this was our first trip on NCL.  Leaving out of NYC was great.  Easy on / easy off the ship.  Parking right next to the terminal and reasonable considering it was NYC.  Ship was clean.  Many staff members were friendly and courteous.  Food was a big disappointment.  Meals weren't served timely, waters weren't filled regularly, variety of food options were disappointing.  Average food - had one great dinner BUT rest were just average.  Have had far better food on Carnival & Royal Caribbean.  Spa package was wonderful and worth the $$.  Entertainment was sparse on the ship.  The evening shows were great and well worth your time.  During the day there were very limited options for entertainment and we often found ourselves creating things to do on our own.  Other cruise lines have constant activities going .... not NCL.  Would definitely cruise again but would most likely go with a different cruise line. 

Food and Dining

1 out of 5
Poor food

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Room steward was awesome - waiters, not so much.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

Bring sticky notes to keep on your door to notify your friends / family where you were AND don't forget a clock for your room.

5 out of 5
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