Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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2-3 cruises


Helpful Votes

5 out of 5

It's hard to get back to the real world

Sail Date: September 03, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

The stops in Canada were just ok. It wasn't fall yet so there were no fabulous colors to see.  Saint Johns was just ok and I had visited Portland and Newport before on my own. Gift shops and sidewalk cafes.  What else can  I say ?

 The ship and the crew were just great. Everyone there made it their goal to make sure everyone had a good time.  Norwegian has free style dining so sometimes it looks crowded right after a show had let out but the line move quickly. There are always available tables in both main dining halls. Always.

We wandered around the ship most of the time in that there was always some type of entertainment going on. The stage shows were all 1st rate. No complaints.

The room was spotless and I was always seeing crew members cleaning everything on the ship.   The word that comes to mind is ship shape.

The duty free shop was actually reasonable priced. Nothing at all like the airport duty free shops.

Cabin / Stateroom
If you are spending too much time in your cabin, your not getting enough out of the cruise.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Everything was ship shape.
Destinations and Excursions
Since I live in the North East, the stops were only so so. Nothing I hadn't seen before. The essence of the trip was the on board experience.
Onboard Activities
Children's Programs
There were very few kids on board as this was the end of the labor day holiday. Most passengers were older people.
The shows were the same quality one would see in Manhattan for lots of money.
Service and Staff
Every crew member made it their priority to be extra friendly and helpful.
Food and Dining
Good variety for every palette. There was always someplace open for snacks or meals.
New York, New York
I live in the area so I have my own special biases. Mid town is expensive, Go downtown to the village area to enjoy less expensive dining and less crowds. Getting out of the city was difficult this time because the E train and the Path weren't operating. Try an off or off off Broadway show rather than pay the $150 for one of the big shows.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
We drove out to Peggy's Cove and although it was picturesque , I didn't understand why the entire Provence of Nova Scotia was there when we were there. They have a nice waterfront, gift shops and sidewalk cafes.
Saint John, New Brunswick
We walked over to the main attraction which was the reversing waterfall. It was like watching paint dry. Maybe the shore excursions were interesting ?
Portland, Maine
We didn't do much. It rained some so we just had a few drinks at a local bar.
Newport, Rhode Island
Gift shops and sidewalk cafes. The mansions a are impressive but i make my living looking at large impressive homes so it was another.....been there, done that.


My travel companion was a smoker so they had a place to smoke their cigarettes. If they didn't have that option, they wouldn't have gone.
The ship met all my needs. The dining and entertainment was all that I desired .

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