1st long trip/cruise with NCL on Gem - 2nd trip on Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 45

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
11 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: December 22, 2014
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Ah the NCL Gem, stately, long lined, classic beauty.  She has much to offer and we enjoyed our first cruise aboard her so here we go again.  Honestly 11 days is a bit much on a ship with that many kids on holiday.  Also there was some WEATHER coming home to the tune of 50 mph winds and 20 ft waves which on a ship smaller than the Breakaway is like deadliest catch.  Still, that's not within the realm of control so we move on.   The gem cooks really do some amazing things on that buffet. The other restaurants are all spectacular and we enjoyed those as well.  This is the trip where we discovered the greatness of coqui beach and the trained fish schools, We got married on a sailboat in St. Martin then had the Gem's photog studio do our nice shots around the boat in perfect late afternoon light.  Ate Mofungo for the first time in San Juan, got my picture with a monkey in St Kitts before retreating to the boat in the 100 degree heat, and then we looked at Tortola from the Gem because it was a tender port and we only had half day so we just got tan instead.  On way home...deadliest catch!  I'm partial to the Breakaway now because the spa layout is all inclusive there rather than mostly separate on Gem although the separation on the Gem is not without advantage.  Sometimes us dudes need some space.  I'm going to wish tonight on my fave star they install the Mojito bar from the Gem onto the Breakaway because those flights they sell of 6 diff Mojitos we enjoyed EVERY DAY!  I would trade the Ice bar from the Breakaway for that in a NY minute.  Staff was amazing, bartenders/wait staff and cabin steward all some of the best we have come across in all of our trips on this itinerary/boat in general.   All in all it was a great experience with a longer itinerary and since then we've learned when to schedule to have less kid-teraction.  

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Cabin always comfortable, it's the genetic defects stampeding up and down the halls that are a discomfort
3 out of 5
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