It was absolutely Fine!

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

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 18

Overall rating:

3.8 out of 5
Norwegian Gem

7 Night Canada & New England (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 02, 2018

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin type: Oceanview

Cabin number: 8056

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

Despite the lack of cooperation from the weather gods we had a nice vaca that unfortunately ended too quickly...The main negative from every single quiz we participated in (which was MOST of them!) is we had to translate ESL into American English for the other guests that were playing the games with us. I say "Bless them! They are biligual and that alone is an impressive feat to us, but not every guest enjoyed the translations from the game hosts.


4 out of 5
We got onboard with no fuss.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Actually, the food should be 4.5 stars Mostly MDR dining and a few times in the Buffet; no speciality meals. The waitstaff in the MDR were fantastic!

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
Painting class was great! Trivia hosts and hostesses were agonizingly hard to decipher should be hosted by English as a first language host and the prizes were dismal. Get rid rid of those flimsy frisbees; they are an embarrassment to NCL and don't show your brand in a good light! Too cold rainy for pool.


3 out of 5

Service and Staff

4 out of 5
Our cabin steward(ess?) Belle was very nice. Jorge in O'Sheehan's was most pleasant. Margarita should be a stand-up comic she doesn't even realize how her dead-pan demeanor is so endearing. I am sorry I do not remember the name of the young lady from Zimbabwe who sprayed our hands with sanitizer @ the Cafe but if there is a lovelier friendlier personality on the ship than her, we didn't meet them! She just glows with love and positivity. I hope she gets very far in her career; SHE gets 5+ stars!

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Easy to maneuver about; saw no overt cleanliness issues... Should be 4.5 stars

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Had to pay extra for an upgrade! Return customer in less than a year should have been comped the price of the upgrade.

Ports of call

New York, New York Did not visit port

Live here--it is what it is!

Halifax, Nova Scotia

4 out of 5
Very good for expats from UK to buy British treats!

Saint John, New Brunswick

3 out of 5

Bar Harbor, Maine

4 out of 5
Quaint and charming town

Portland, Maine

4 out of 5
A particular favorite--The Kings Head Pub is GREAT! Food (Lobster Roll) was amazing!


4 out of 5
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