Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Contributor Level: Purser

Experience
7+ cruises

Review
1

Helpful Votes
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4 out of 5

Lots of days at sea

Sail Date: April 11, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

One great feature of this cruise is the number of days at sea, if you like being at sea (which we do). We had a large, aft-facing suite so we could hang out away from the crowds and enjoy the view of the ocean and the ship's wake. We were a little disappointed at the size of the balcony on our suite. On the Dawn, a similar suite has a much larger balcony, so on the Gem we felt crammed into a smaller space when we were out on the balcony. In fact, we hardly ever spent time together on the balcony: there just wasn't enough room. Our time in port at each of the four ports we visited was limited, especially at Tortola, but the shore excursions made the most of the short time. The ship has an excellent fitness center and the Great Outdoors bar/restaurant on the fantail was very nice, although that made it very popular and crowded.

Cabin / Stateroom
Spacious and luxurious, but the balcony is small
Embarkation and Disembarkation
You'd think that by now cruise lines would have figured out how to get passengers on and off a ship without herding them like cattle
Ship Quality
balcony on aft facing suite was small
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
excellent fitness center
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
The specialty restaurants weren't worth the extra money, but the Grand Pacific was ok, except for the slow service

Tip

O'Sheehan's Pub is an excellent alternative to the crowded buffets



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