Happy to Cruise the Caribbean with NCL Gem

Norwegian Gem Cruise Review to Caribbean - Southern
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

4.6 out of 5
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Norwegian Gem

11 Night Southern Caribbean (New York Roundtrip)

Sail Date: February 25, 2019

Ship: Norwegian Gem

Cabin Type: Oceanview

Cabin Number: 8098

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Review Summary

This was the first cruise since my husband’s surgery 22 months ago resulting in a tracheostomy. We were a little apprehensive about meals. Well our food and beverage manager Vikramraj and his restaurant managers took excellent care of us & we have never enjoyed dining so much and look forward to sailing again with NCL in the future.


4 out of 5
Due to sailing postponed one day it was somewhat hectic for my husband with his handicap, however, port people most accommodating.

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Grarand Pacific always Grand, but our evening meals were mostly in the specialty restaurants. Our favorites are Le Bistro for Lamb Chops and Beef dish followed by La Cucina’s Italian specialties.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Participated in Trivia mostly, due husband’s handicap. Always fun


5 out of 5
The show band and performers are always outstanding.

Children's Programs

No children, however the children who participated in the Splash Academy put on a charming show which we were happy to attend.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Couldn’t have been better

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Jewel. Lass ships of the NCL fleet are the perfect size and we love the layout. Of course, the common area were clean and well maintained. We have been on Jewel class for 7 cruises, Star for 3 and Breakaway once.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Excellent, we had a spacious shower and easy storage access due to husband’s handicap. Our steward, Ma, was fabulous and promptly took care of any extra needs.

Ship Tip

Enjoy the food.

Ports Of Call

New York, New York

3 out of 5
Use only for embarkation and disembarkation, NYC resident

Castries, St. Lucia

5 out of 5
Loves excursion to the Volcanoes

Bridgetown, Barbados

5 out of 5
No excursion, very nice terminal facility

St. John's, Antigua

5 out of 5
No excursion, enjoyed visiting the church and town

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

3 out of 5
No excursion, used to like Charlotte Amalie better when we flew their via Pan Am in the late 60’s up to the early 70’s


3 out of 5
Always hectic at NY port, moreso now as my husband developed a handicap since we last cruised. Customs officials were helpful.

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