Lots of days at sea

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 40

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
Norwegian Gem

10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 11, 2016

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 8630

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

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.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
The specialty restaurants weren't worth the extra money, but the Grand Pacific was ok, except for the slow service

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
excellent fitness center

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
balcony on aft facing suite was small

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Spacious and luxurious, but the balcony is small

Ship tip

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

Ports of call

San Juan, Puerto Rico

3 out of 5

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

5 out of 5
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