Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern

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3 out of 5

Norwegian GEM is a GEM

Sail Date: November 20, 2016

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Suite

The Gem is a lovely ship, lots of entertainment in many areas. The Stardust Showroom was top notch, Norwegian always has good shows and excellent house bands. The dining room food was good, especially enjoyed carpaccio, flounder Milanese, & lump crab cake. Bread & pastries excellent every day. Norwegian has a new policy--you are not allowed to bring any bottled water onboard. They want to stiff you for $3.25 a bottle. That is too much. I can see charging even $2.00 but $3.25 is airport prices and is a ripoff. The staff on the ship is very friendly and efficient. Nice cruise overall; this will be our last time in the Caribbean, Probably time to graduate from Norwegian to Celebrity or Oceana.

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Good service from Edwin. Plenty of clean towels twice a day, love having fresh ice in the room...this room is right below the pool area and we fell asleep to the bands loud base sounds most nights. Would not choose this room again.
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We only ate at LeBistro and it was not up to the standard of EPIC LeBistro. Do not come on board thinking you can buy water on shore and bring it with you at the end of your excursion. Even half full bottles are confiscated. Do not be surprised by the extremely loud music at each dock.

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