Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Second Mate

4-6 cruises


Helpful Votes

4 out of 5

Great Cruise Line, Great Ship and Spa

Sail Date: December 23, 2015

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

The gem is a really nice ship.  Modern enough though the Breakaway kinda dawrfs it and looks way more modern and has that tighter finish.  Some of the details of the gem are getting worn in but with the upgrades scheduled currently we hope to see it at new glory.  Balcony stateroom, spa access and dining plan for us.  Alot of the spoiled kids on board who maybe had a birthday around the holidays were stampeding up and down the hallways regularly.  So we took joy in marching full foot stomps down the hallway at night commenting loudly at how much fun it is and whattayaknow, the running slowed and got quieter.   Great upgraded dining options, quiet spa for men and women separately or together for therapy pool and loungers.  Great staff who is very attentive and warm.  Weather was rough on way home.  50 knot winds and 18 ft swells really was felt but whatever, it happens.  The crew expertly kept us safe and having fun the whole time.  Love NCL!   We will only be doing trips while school is in session going ahead and making sure we have spa/quiet access unless people are in there howling in a foreign language even though the signs say please be tranquil.  People, as with all ships I assume, sitting on steps while people try to walk around them.  What is that?  I assume these are the same people outside stores on the weekends NOT landing a single trick on their skateboard.  Charming!

Cabin / Stateroom
Clean and quiet unless plebes sprinting past door to eat soft serve for 3 meals a day and play on tablets or sit on stairs.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
Not needed, leave them at home with someone who wont continue to ruin them psychologically.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining


Upgrade to the dining option for quieter, more focused meals that are higher quality and add variety. Spa access is mandatory if you hope to have any peace while relaxing somewhere. People will bring plates of food out to sun chairs and leave them everywhere, or glasses on floor at top of stairs.

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