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Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 13

Overall rating:

4 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

10 Night Eastern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: March 29, 2017

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Where do I start. We booked a balcony room and got a great last minute deal on . Overall the experience was smooth. Though we had to turn around after leaving due to a medical issue, the captain communicated well during this issue and during a storm (which he took another route home to reduce the choppy waters). The only issue was speeding back in the storm from Tortola but choppy waters at some point is to be expected. The food was EXCELLENT - I do not quite understand it when people say the food is horrible. if you do not like something go eat somewhere else or order a different entrée. I have very high expectations and found the food in the dining room to be what I would expect at a fine restaurant in Manhattan - $200 worth, smaller portions but excellent choices. Service was good and the excursions were great. Did not like the short stop in Tortola. For 10 days boat did get boring towards the end. Shows were great! Can't comment on bars/lounges as we were sleep early. We are a young couple but old souls will say the boat had a lot of seniors, but that didn't bother us. Great experience!

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was small. We are short and small people, just right for us but perhaps not for all. We spent a lot of time in the room so a balcony helped. Due to the size of the room I recommend a balcony if you can get a deal.

Ship tip

the day activities were not that fun. boat felt boring after a while. it seemed like at night there were a lot of activities and things to do, wish some of these options were available during the day. HOWEVER will say that it is nice that they do have day shows (matinees) though we missed them.

Ports of call

New York, New York

3 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1 out of 5
Didn't like it. not as beautiful as other islands. no mountains = minimal breeze. felt very hot here. ended up taking a city sightseeing tour otherwise we wouldn't have had much to do here but eat.

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

5 out of 5
GORGEOUS! My favorite island. Magens bay beach just like the postcards. driving on the island was hairy would not recommend driving on your own. Try Cuzzins restaurant for carribean food!

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

5 out of 5
Took Jeep 4x4 excursion - $200 is expensive for us but well worth it. got 6 1/2 hours of touring the island and got to see everything in one! all the other excurions only take you to 1-2 places. got to spend a good amount of time everywhere. GORGEOUS!

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

1 out of 5
Didn't like port. not much to do unless you book excursion. Who wants to only have 3-4 hours though in the baths or tour, it was not like the price was discounted since the stop was so short.
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