Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Third Mate

1 cruise (first)


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4 out of 5

Liked the Gem

Sail Date: December 13, 2015

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

All the crew are wonderful and the restaurants have five star meals. Especially loved the shows each night - very entertaining, loads of talent. Tiny complaint: Every bar should have a $10 coffee pot so that the very common request for a simple Irish Coffee can be met. There was only ONE bar that had coffee and that machine was broke. The bartender actually told us we could trek over to the cafeteria and bring a cup of coffee to her and she would make us one. C'mon!

Also the two small pools and 4 small hot tubs were overrun with kids and teens. I was also surprised there was not an age limit for the hot tubs. We finally tried to use one after breakfast and it was freezing cold. :(  

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Cabin / Stateroom
Once you go balcony you can never go back! Loved it!
Embarkation and Disembarkation
We were flummoxed over both. While embarking we waited and waited while some mystery game was played with assigned numbers and tiny groups of people responded to each new call. Then our number 36 was called and no less than 500 people stand up all at once to finally board. Keep in mind we were one of the first in line that morning. On disembark, we OBEYED the request of all self-walk off passengers to stay off of the 7th? floor until called. We were essentially punished for this by being relegated to the back of a line filled with couple thousand people. What a nightmare!
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Looking for quiet with great views - try the Spinaker lounge. It sometimes had activities but was often deserted.
Also, watch out for the Casino - they ripped hubby off making mistake on roulette admitted mistake but would not pay him his full bet. Would not let him see tape. Unregulated be careful

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