Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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4 out of 5

Great vacation with only a few downsides

Sail Date: January 02, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Oceanview

This was my girlfriend and my first ever cruise.  We had a very good time for the 10 days but learned many things for our next cruise.  While it is a good value for the money, there are many extra fees and costs that come with it.  I didn't like that if you ever wanted a soda you had to pay extra and the alcoholic drinks were pretty expensive.  We learned that if you book at certain times they may include the "ultimate drink package" which is definitely the way to go.  By the end we had almost an extra $1000 in fees including 2 excursions and hospitality charges ($13.50 per day per person).  I also made the mistake of going to the hospital on board when I felt a bit sick on the second day.  The doctor seemed like he did not know what he was doing and they wanted to run expensive tests when it was nothing serious.  They do not take insurance and I had to pay $200 for a whole lot of nothing.  


Besides these few downsides we had an excellent time and would definitely do it again.  All four ports were very fun the highlight of the trip.

Cabin / Stateroom
Very quiet and good location. Felt private compared to room in the middle of the very long hallways. Room was cozy with plenty of storage. Glad we had window rather than interior roomG
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Initially getting onto the boat was a nightmare. We had to wait in an over 2 hour line just to check in before waiting more to board. After this however everything was very smooth and quick including final disembarking.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
After a few days we learned what to order and what not to. A lot of the food tasted catered or not fresh. However we did have some meals that we enjoyed very much
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Don't waste your time going into town unless you are looking to buy jewelry, the shops just harass you. Take a taxi to a beach.
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
We did the Mirabella catamaran and it was amazing. After we walked around town and there was nothing to really see or do. Definitely recommend doing excursion here.
Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Excursion: The Baths. It is amazing... once you get there. The excursion is very poorly run but worth the experience.

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