First time cruise - Perfect vacation 8/6-8/13/2016 on NCL Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Bahamas

Experience: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 6

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Bahamas & Florida (New York Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 06, 2016
Ship: Norwegian Gem
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9064
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

This was our first cruise ever. Our favourite part of the cruise was the 7pm shows at the Stardust Theatre. My children looks forward to it everyday. It would be nice if movies are shown at the Stardust theatre instead of the Atrium. Atrium can become noisy with the bar nearby.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Grand Pacific dining room are always great. The place is gorgeous and the food are always delicious. We did not venture to the buffets because with the amount of food we eat at the GP, there is just no room left in the belly. Orchid Garden Chinese food is also good. Embarrased to say but we had breakfast at GP, Lunch at GP, Appetizer at 5:30pm at OG , 7pm show and then head to GP after the show for dinner. Reservation to dinners are required so plan ahead. Hold off paying for extra at specialty restaurant - the complimentary are just as good. Save those for other days AFTER the cruise. Kids had no soda for 7 days - Yay !


The excursions was nice but many are sold out fast. We had wanted to do parasailing but fully sold out on both Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau Bahamas. We explore Nassau Bahamas ourselves - turns out the $8 ferry took us to Paradise Island and we walk to the beach from there. Pretty easy even with young children in tow.


Rock Climbing twice daily is great - kept the kids busy.


Pool unfortunately is too small, too cramped and it is unfortunately too many incidents of cruisers leaving their towels on lounge chairs - letting it sit unoccupied for several hours preventing others from using the lounge chairs. Staff on deck should enforce some kind of rules reg this.


We have new found respect for staff on cruises - they work on contracts. Some lived on ships for as long as 1 year - I hope the mental well being of staff are never overlooked and that they are well cared for. Most does look genuinely happy to be onboard.


Bring first aid kit, bring sunscreen. And please, use the sunscreen. Sun is strong on deck, in FL and the Bahamas !!!



Food and Dining

5 out of 5
For those that can hold off, the complimentary dining are just as good.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Rock Wall on NCL Gem was great


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Amazing staffs on board.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Very hardworking housekeeping steward, Raffi - we see him working in the morning and then late in the evening everyday. He made animals from towels in the evening which delights us. Every new cruise, there should be a change of comforter covers - we noticed it was the same to be used for the next cruisers. Pretty sure ours was from the previous week before. Not sanitary in my opinion. Bring extension chords or outlets since there are only 2 outlets in the room. A small clock will be great too. Room is very tight so if you can, put clothes in a collapsible duffle bag - will save space to put your luggage. Make copies of passport. Leave original passport in safe. Bring copies when disembark in FL and Nassau Bahamas. Bring First Aid kit of anti-diarrhea medication such as Imodium A-D or Pepto-Bismol, ibuprofen to reduce fevers, muscle inflammation and joint pain; bandages. Doc on board costs $150 cash.

Ship Tip

Tip - book the parasailing first. Sold out very fast.

Drink of the day offer- skip the AYC drink beverage purchase and just buy the occasional drink. Cheaper that way.

dont buy photos-$$$

BYO mask, pop up floats or pop up tent - save $ rent =buy and keep .

BYO water bottle & extension chord

5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Kennedy Space Center excursion is good.
5 out of 5
if plan to stay on beach all day, BYO snorkel, pop up floats, pop up tent etc - rental can add up. bring water shoes.
5 out of 5
we took the ferry to Paradise Island - then took the shuttle to Cove. The beach at the Cove is so clear and gorgeous. Lots of fish, crabs etc to see.
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