Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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4 out of 5

Great trip despite a bit of iffy weather

Sail Date: September 26, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

This was our 12th NCL cruise and the second on the Gem.  I had forgotten how much smaller the balcony rooms are on the Gem.  It made up for it with a larger bathroom and my favorite good-sized glass stall shower instead of those tiny tray showers with a curtain that pours water out into the rest of the bathroom.   The closet and drawer space were also compromised a bit, but for a 1 week cruise it was sufficient for the things we brought.  Otherwise we enjoyed good food and good service on a well-maintained ship plus 3 great production shows by the Gem's outstanding dance troupe.  As NCL ships go my new favorite if the Spirit.

Cabin / Stateroom
Could have been larger with more closet and drawer space, but kept very clean.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Room was a bit smaller than I like, but immaculately clean and well-maintained.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
The 3 production shows were excellent, but they would do well to replace Second City with some real comedy.
Service and Staff
Although not nasty, the crew just didn't seem as upbeat and positive as in the past.
Food and Dining
New York, New York
Saint John, New Brunswick
We enjoyed just tour o the city with a great gal who was super entertaining and knowledgeable. She made sure we saw the Reversing Falls at full boil and then later in the tour at full calm.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Portland, Maine
Weather was so bad we could not leave the ship so have no info to share.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Don't miss Peggy's Cove and the Titanic Burial Site at Fairlawn Cemetery. So much to see here and so little time.

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