Had a great family vacation onboard the Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 16

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
14 Night Bahamas & Canada/New England (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: May 30, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Inside
Cabin Number: 9055
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

My husband and I and our 2 kids (ages 7 & 9) had a great time on the Gem. NCL is family friendly and has less of a "party" atmosphere than other cruiselines we have traveled. We liked the early show times and the variety of entertainment. The food was wonderful, high quality, and they offered a great variety in the buffet compared Carnival and Royal Caribbean. The kids enjoyed Splash Academy. The only thing that we were disappointed about was the size of the pool area. The pools are too small for the amount of guests and they got extremely crowded. Also, all the chairs around the pool would be reserved with guest's items by 7 am. Many of these chairs remained unused most of the day and the cruise staff did not remove items from these chairs so other guests could use them. This was frustrating for those of us who did not get up early enough to reserve a chair and would have used it. The waterslide could use a good wax or coat of paint to make it slippery. You would only go a few feet and then have to propel yourself down the rest of the way. Overall, we have had wonderful experiences with NCL and plan on cruising again with them in the future.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
We went the cheap route this time and got an inside cabin. It was very small for the 4 of us but that was our fault for booking it.

Ship Tip

If you want to sit by the pool, get up early to get a seat!

3 out of 5
There isn't much to do here. We rented a car and spent the day at Legoland.
3 out of 5
It rained all day so we didn't get to go on the island.
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
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