Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Contributor Level: Purser

1 cruise (first)


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3 out of 5

Lackluster at Best

Sail Date: May 21, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Inside

The best part of this cruise was by far the onboard entertainment. The ports of call were also nice. The dining on board is not all that great unless you pay to go to a specialty restaurant. Activities onboard are limited and repetitive and often require an extra fee. Drinks are very expensive if you don't have a beverage plan (almost $10 for a 1/4 glass of wine, really?). Not a terrible cruise, but definitely did not live up to the hype. I won't be sailing with Norwegian again.

Cabin / Stateroom
Embarkation and Disembarkation
When disembarking, the ship's staff seemed to have very little knowledge of what was going on. They sent us in circles ending in barricades several times before finally letting us off the ship.
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Very little variety, and many required an extra fee.
Shows in the ship's theater were the best part of the entire cruise.
Service and Staff
Staff started out friendly and engaging, gradually got less and less attentive throughout the cruise to the point where servers quite literally ignored us in the Spinnaker Lounge on the last day.
Food and Dining
Specialty restaurants were fantastic. Buffet and free restaurants were not. Food was cold, servers were inattentive.


Don't expect too much. After all I had heard about the wonders of cruising, this one fell far short of my expectations.

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