A very good cruise

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Purser
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 10

Overall Rating:

4.0 out of 5
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10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: February 11, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Suite
Cabin Number: 11022
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

The Gem is a nice clean ship and not too large like the Breakaway or Epic.  You do get to see some familiar faces during the cruise.   The singers and dancers in all the shows were excellent.  We found the food to be very good.  No complaints about quality at the buffet but it was often a bit of a pain to find seating for the four of us.  If you want to sit down easily the Grand Pacific dining room is the way to go as service was significantly slower in the Magenta.  Only comment on main dining rooms was there was not enough change in the menus from day to day.  Buffet breakfast is also better than dining rooms - buffet has omlette stations. Hit rough seas going and returning to NY but that's expected this time of year.  We enjoyed the Art auctions, trivia games and some of the movies they showed.  Why they show most of them in the atrium is questionable as there is not enough seating there for all who want to watch.   Kids only minimally participated in youth and teen clubs as most of the program did not interest them.  We've hit all the same islands before but it there was still something new to do or see at each.  We did the Segway riding in St. Maarten and had a great time.  Don't be afraid of trying it as they are very easy to ride.  With the unlimited beverage packages its sometimes difficult to get served at the bars as it seems a lot of folks like that offer!  All in  all I'd recommend the Gem to anyone. 

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Can't complain - buffet was great!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Great shows!

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Even with the automatic daily tipping service charges most of the staff was very friendly. I think it harms the incentive of the bar staff though.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Ship Tip

If you don't want to pay the daily service charges and want to tip staff yourself just go to the main desk and tell them so. They will give you a form to send in when you get home to get a refund. They can also provide you with envelopes to tip with.

5 out of 5
The city that never sleeps - pier is not too hard to get to via personal vehicle and there is long term parking there as well if needed.
5 out of 5
Take an island tour and visit one of the forts.
5 out of 5
Blackbeard's Castle has some interesting statues and views. Bring your suit and towel as they have two nice pools as well. If you take the sky tram to Paradise Point get up there before 1pm or you will miss the bird shows!
5 out of 5
Do the Segway tour!
5 out of 5
Get off the ship and take a 2 hour local tour of the island - lots of organized tours available near the street that show you a lot of the island and stop at a beach as well.
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