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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

2 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: July 25, 2015
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 11552
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago


We had a person in our group who needed a wheelchair for the amount of walking that would be required on the boat (and on excursions) + had ordered one from the company NCL recommended. This was supposed to be delivered to one of our cabins upon our arrival. It was delivered to us 48 hours later, after multiple requests to Guest Services!!! By then, our family member was incapacitated due to swollen feet + ankles and had to miss the next day's trip to the private island while resting up with ice packs and elevated feet! Inexcusable!We also had children in our party. Do you know where the water and lemon aid is located if you at the pool? On the other side of the Buffet or essentially half the boat away. All 4 adults in our party said they would choose a different cruise line next time (2 asked me how I had chosen NCL in the 1st place...).

Food and Dining

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Even the teens enjoyed the evening entertainment (a rousing positive vote!)

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

1 out of 5
While the attitude of many was upbeat and fun, the lack of care and low staffing levels was hurtful.

Ship Quality

1 out of 5
To get water/lemon aid you have to go to the far end of the buffet (EXTREMELY crowded during peak times); inconvenient at other times.

Cabin / Stateroom

The room was lovely but they need to tell you to bring your own conditioner -- as opposed to every hotel or resort of mention - they do not supply any. Sun, salt, chlorine and multiple showers every day absolutely REQUIRE conditioner for the hair!!! Should be on their What to Bring List!

Ship Tip

Choose another cruise line; we will next time.

3 out of 5
5 out of 5
Oppressively hot, so shade is a must, but the water is beyond beautiful and many available day excursions = fun day!
5 out of 5
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