Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

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Experience
2-3 cruises

Review
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5 out of 5

We will travel on the Gem Again

Sail Date: July 30, 2016

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Consider this a cruise to "nowhere" and enjoy the ship.

Best:

Marissa and Dana

The Ship's shows and entertainment

The variety of food on the Gem

Cleanliness of our cabin

Pool at 7:30 am and Jacuzzi at 8:30 am

The walking track

Cruise Director

Worst:

O'Sheehans Waitstaff and Food quality

Business of the pool after 10 am

Pubic Bathrooms on decks 7 and 12

Smoky Casino

Staff Complaining

 

Cabin / Stateroom
Always kept clean and tidy.
New towels always available.

Embarkation and Disembarkation
Lines Lines and more Lines...Its part of the trip, prepare for it.
If you complain about lines, don't travel.
Meet people around you and have fun!
Ship Quality
Other than the "pubic" bathrooms, the (Gem) ship is very clean. The bathrooms often have debris and trash on the floor.
Destinations and Excursions
This was a cruise to "no-where". Stay on the ship on Florida (in July) unless you love 100 weather. If you venture off the ship, visit "The Village Idiot" in town.
Great Stirrup Island is the cruise's private island. The Stingray excursion is the way to go. The tour team is engaging and knowledgeable.
Nassau is what you make it. Go to Atlantis (a town taxi is $4 each way-just make sue you have tickets for Atlantis events in advance) and stay away from the snorkel excursions - the water is "not as clear" as the marketing team says it is.
Our experience in town (Strawmarket Area) was incredible. Great place to pick up items for your future yard sale-but exciting to talk to all of the local townies.
Onboard Activities
I vacation about once every three years...
the onboard activities were awesome for what I want to do...Nothing stressful.
There is a golf chipping area that we enjoyed...other than that there are tons to do (very hour). If we missed something...we missed it, no stress.
(ps...stay away from Deal or NO DEAL..play bingo)
Entertainment
The ships entertainment was solid (for the money). Always fun and engaging.
The singers and dance crew were very talented-so fun to watch.
Several themed shows.

Marissa and Dana were AWESOME!
Ineffable Two - terrific

The casino is too smoky for us....and we like to gamble...just too smoky.
Service and Staff
The crew was pleasant, not overly friendly-which we are okay with.

The Cruise Director was fantastic - he really kept the entertainment exciting. His crew was a bit unprofessional at times. They stated that they "had to work" while "we" vacationed. That was obnoxious.

The wait staff were fair to good.
O'sheehan's service was brutal (we avoid, and will avoid in the future). Not welcoming at all!
All other restaurants the service was fair to great depending on the time of day.
Again, The Grand Pacific hit a homerun. The service was always fantastic, even during the last breakfast.



Food and Dining
Food was good for the money. Nothing stood out as outstanding, however this was not my expectations. There is a lot of variety and several restaurants and eateries to choose that are included in the cost.
The Grand Pacific is very good.
The buffet is okay-but lots of choices for the entire family.
New York, New York
The staff is rarely friendly...always pushy.
Port Canaveral, Florida
Stay on the ship
Great Stirrup Cay (Cruiseline Private Island), Bahamas

Tip

Don't be in a rush to go to everything or all the programs. Relax and enjoy the ocean (your family, your kids, your spouse, yourself).
Eat in the restaurants and avoid the buffet. (Although it is fun to hear "washy washy, happy happy" at least once).



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